Friday, May 27, 2011

Note to Self - 1

EDIT: right now there is a rebate to try Woolite Oxy deep for FREE!  Woohoo! Purchase between 8/15 and 1/15/12 and get up to $5.99 back.  Limit one per household. Here is the rebate Bella was being awfully quiet so I went to check on her and found her going through the Montessori curriculum book and colored pencils all around her. I was worried she might have colored in the book, no marks that I could find though.  Thank goodness for glossy pages.  So I told her if she wanted to look at the book she needed to put away the colored pencils.  So, she started putting the pencils away, and the only one left was blue.  I saw it laying on the floor, so I said, 'Where is the blue?'  And she looked up at the wall.  DUN DUN DUN  I had her go sit on the stairs so I could regroup and assess the damage.  I don't even know how she got up that high.  But blue pencil all over the wall and, even worse, all over the portrait of Bella hanging on the wall there.  Those seemed to be lighter marks, but when I saw them I turned to Bella and say 'I can't believe you drew on this picture!'  That's when I saw the massive wall full of red, blue and yellow behind herself.

Deep breathing.  I needed to cool off so I put her to bed and came downstairs to figure out how to reverse the damage.

So first I searched 'How to get colored pencil off of walls' and those suggestions were baking soda and water, toothpaste, or an eraser.  Now, eraser I've tried before and that was a disaster.  I would never do that again.  I knew the magic eraser would help, but I wanted to be careful because the magic eraser can take color off the wall (or picture) too.  We didn't have baking soda, so I hit the cleaning cabinet to see what was in there.  I started with all natural window cleaner which was probably largely vinegar based.  That was no good.  It more smeared the color around.  So, I went to my trusty friend, Woolite Oxy Deep Stain Remover.

Now, when I tell you I love this stuff...I'm not kidding.  This stuff has so far kicked butt on every stain I've put it up against.  I sprayed the big red/pink smear, and wiped it down with a paper towel and the color just melted away.  I was so happy, I could have married the Woolite Oxy Deep and had little Woolite Oxy Deep babies.  There was only 1 mark that was a little too dark for the W.O.D. to handle alone.  A touch of the magic eraser with that and it was gone too.

A few minutes later, this:

became this:


Have your kids done any major stain damage around your house?

1 comment:

  1. Wow! Ever since Jace started to play with markers and crayons we have repeated over and over again that we only color on paper because I have heard so many horror stories over the years. So far we have been lucky. The only mess he has made is "making a waterfall" in his bedroom which really was him just emptying out his sippy cup.
    Will have to look for the woolite stuff though. sounds magical.