How to Erase Pencil and Crayon Marks

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Wax and lead are not impossible to erase from paper, walls or furniture.
Wax and lead are not impossible to erase from paper, walls or furniture. (Image: Jeffrey Hamilton/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Erasing pencil and crayon marks from surfaces such as paper, wood or painted walls can be done with the right tools. Erasing pencil marks takes different tools than erasing waxy crayon on some surfaces.

Things You'll Need

  • Dish soap
  • Washcloth
  • Shaving cream
  • Baby wipes
  • Rubber and art gum erasers
  • Paintbrush
  • Disposable cleaning "erasers"
  • Blow dryer

Erase Crayon Marks from Walls

Heat the crayon mark with a blow dryer to melt the wax.

Dip a cloth in dishwashing liquid and rub the area using circular motion.

Remove excess soap from the wall with a damp washcloth. Pat dry.

Erase Crayon Marks from Wood and Wood Furniture

Place a generous portion of shaving cream over the crayon markings. Let sit for five minutes.

Wipe the area with baby wipe in a circular motion until the marks are removed.

Wash off any excess shaving cream with a damp washcloth. Pat dry.

Erase Crayon or Pencil from Paper

Use an art gum eraser on crayon marks, working in slow circular motions.

Use a rubber eraser in a circular motion over pencil marks.

Use a clean paintbrush to brush away any excess shavings on paper.

Tips & Warnings

  • Involve children in chores such as erasing pencil and crayon marks to help them understand the importance of not marking on walls or furniture.
  • There are commercially available cleaning "eraser" products that will remove pencil or crayon from many surfaces.
  • Test a small area of the wall or furniture with cleansers before applying to the affected area.

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