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merrymom 10-03-2002 06:37 PM

Help - Murals on the walls, floors and doors.
Hi all
My 3 children love to draw. The 2 little guys find it entertaining to draw murals on the walls, floors (hardwood) and now the wood doors.

I've decided not to paint the walls until there in Kindergarten. I just show everyone their beautiful artwork and make it a part of the everday joys of raising 3 kids.

It would be nice to get the pen and marker off the floor and doors though. I've tried Murphy's Oil soap but to no avail.

Any suggestions will be most welcomed!

eddonna 10-06-2002 08:13 PM

ink on walls
Here are a few ideas for removing ink, and of course this does depend on what your removing the ink form. I like WD40 for removing a lot of things on the walls, this could work. A few other ideas that I know that will remove ink are: the old stand by hairspray this is for cloth but I think it could work on certain walls then clean with cold water. Also rubbing alcohol, or mix a paste of cream of tartar and lemon juice, smear over the ink and let sit for an hour or so. Wipe clean with cold water. Just a few ideas that I have that might work. Also a great product that I really like to clean with and takes off a lot of dirt and problems is Orange Glo Power Paste, This is the greatest cleaning product that I have used in a long time. Sure hope one of these ideas will help you. Blessing & Peace. Donna;-)

Joan Y Wharff 10-06-2002 09:51 PM

^^ Try using some Goo Gone....I've had good luck getting all kinds of messy stains up with this stuff. You'll find it at most hardware stores. I wouldn't be without it!
Good luck with the little ones!!! ;-) Joanie

Houston-Mom 10-06-2002 11:26 PM

Just the other day my son took a perm. marker to my table and the floor. I called my dad ( a carpet & tile layer) He said to use goof-off. IT WORKED GREAT!!!
easy to clean and pretty cheap. about $3 for a good size can.

Hope this helps

:heart: Houston-Mom :heart:

georgiaoma 10-07-2002 01:58 AM

Not sure if this will work on ink marks, but have had great success removing scuff marks from the floor by using a small amount of charcoal lighter on a paper towel. Works wonders!:daisy:

CulinaryJen 10-07-2002 05:29 AM

I have heard quite a few of the responses before, but my mother told me about this one when my dog chewed a ballpoint pen and got ink on the carpet...milk. And it came right out!


jns131 10-07-2002 05:33 AM

Try 409. This happened to me 3 years ago. I was working with my daughter, coloring and such, I thought we capped and put away all the markers. But I went to the kitchen to do some things and she was quietly playing in the living room, I didn't realize she had a blue marker in her hot little hands. Marked the doors, walls and a very expensive etched glass clock mirror. Needless to say she didn't see a marker for a long time. I grabbed the first thing under the cabinet and didn't realize it was 409 with some paper towels. Got it out and the mirror too. I swear by this stuff. We have since repainted the house, but every time I see the mirror I still giggle. Good luck.

FLIGRL 10-07-2002 05:50 AM


The BEST stuff I have ever used on anything is a bottle of WINDEX. It really is! I can't begin to tell you how I take stains out of my two year olds white shirts, ink? My whole house is beautiful oak floors....comes right off...walls...lipstick off of windows (little devils!) name it...the stuff is liquid gold...put stock in the company, cause I buy it buy the gallon-fulls! The only thing it hasn't worked well for me with is un-varnished wood. I have some molding trim around some windows and doors that we never got to varnishing...and I've had some problems getting crayon off of those. XO Fli ROFLMAO

nmygarden2001 10-07-2002 08:24 AM

My son did that 1 time, when he was only 5... I taught him a lesson, and he never did it again....
he was writing his name on a white wall. in permanet black marker....I let him have a wash bucket with water, soap & a sponge. He washed for 2 or 3 hours....... the whole time I knew a spray of "hair spray " would take it right off..... He never did it again!!!!!:-P::
Hope it works for you too, Good Luck,

FLIGRL 10-07-2002 09:31 AM

OOoooohhhh, I LIKE it! Hope you don't mind if I steal that one from you Karen! FABULOUS!:-D

nmygarden2001 10-07-2002 09:59 AM

Go for it, it really works....... for life!!!!



preacherswife 10-07-2002 10:53 AM

Rubbing alcohol dissolves some ball point inks.

eddonna 10-07-2002 04:30 PM

removing ink from your wall
:-P:: Back to you again. Since you recived so many ideas on how to remove the ink, please let us know what you used and how it worked. Blessings. Donna

bopperm 10-07-2002 06:41 PM

I have 3 children also, i have done the trick of making them wash the wall and it really makes them not draw on it again, my faviote is Fantastic, it works great on the walls for removing crayons and markers, also my hubby has used a steel wool when dtger got perment marker amd draw on all our white applances,ie, washer, stand up freezer. looks like some great ideas, definately let us know which one you used.


sharlibird 10-07-2002 06:44 PM

I have used Greased Lightning and Bartender's Friend in addition to some of the others listed to remove marker/pen marks from walls. I also have a natural finish wood table top that got some stray "Blo-pen" sprays on it...used a simple solution of bleach and water (about 1 part bleach to 2 parts water); let it sit a few minutes and wiped clean.

merrymom 10-10-2002 10:50 AM

Preliminary Results
Thank you for all the great suggestions. Keep in mind, some of this stuff has been there for a while - now that I'm home FT I have time to deal with the stuff.

Here is what I've tried so far:
Hairspray - didn't work
Windex - didn't work
Milk - didn't work
Orange Glo - didn't work
Go-Gone - WORKED :-D on everything but the marker on the floor.

I'm going to try a few more of the suggestions - if anything works I'll leave a note. Otherwise, I'm buying an area rug.;)

soccermom7 10-15-2002 06:39 PM

Try Goof-Off or Ooops! Both remove latex paint from wood, they're worth a shot since they are good for many other things around the house.
Have you tried a paste of baking soda and water? There is a Shaklee Cherry pit paste that may work or a polish sold on QVC a few years ago is the same idea---micro-fine particles to do fine scrubbing.

Good luck and keep us posted!!;)

merrymom 10-28-2002 01:56 AM

Goof-off worked!
I went out and bought the goof off and it worked - Whoopie!!!Houston-Mom & Soccormom7, you've given my darlings a clean canvas to draw on!;) Thanks for all the helpful suggestions from everyone, I'm keeping them in my little bag of tricks.;-)

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