Living with Your Children’s Creativity – How to Erase Drawings from Walls


Drawings and markings on walls are common in houses of people with young children. Luckily for the parents, in many cases, these marks need not be permanent. They can be removed through a variety of techniques depending on the materials initially used to create them.

Today, TidyChoice provides readers with some advice on how to remove wall marks caused by some common materials children may get hold of, including coloured pencils, crayons, and pens.

However, before we begin, it is worth remembering that different walls may respond differently to each cleaning tactic, depending on whether they are covered by wallpaper or paint.  In particular, you should be more careful when trying to clean a wallpaper, as it can be damaged more easily by some cleaning material.

Coloured Pencils

Coloured pencil marks can be cleaned off walls with baby wipes or a damp sponge and a small amount of washing-up liquid. If you are trying to clean the marks off a wallpaper, you may want to consider rubbing an eraser gently on the surface. While this may not completely remove the marks, using an eraser, when done correctly, is likely to least damage the wallpaper.


Baby wipes also work well as cleaning materials for crayon marks, alongside other common household materials, including toothpaste, hand lotion, and shaving cream.


What material is best to clean pen marks depends on the kind of pen used by your child. Water-based ink can be removed with traditional baby wipes. On the other hand, consider dipping a piece of cloth in alcohol and using it to rub the marks if they were left by ballpoint pens or permanent markers.

Lastly, remember that you can always try to replace some existing writing or colouring materials with their erasable versions. Erasable crayons and colour pencils can now be found in the market, and their marks can be removed much more easily from your wall.