Looks like I need to clean the walls
“The Pink Elephant Did It!” This is what these kids are swearing to me. My wife and some of her friends went shopping and all the kids came to our house. We have a finished basement and set it up so our two kids could have friends come over and play out of the way of messing up the house. Oh, we were so smart. Yep. Give a 4 year old and a 6 year old a “kidcave”. Television, video games, Netflix, bored games, crafts, and toys galore. We were so, so smart. Each of them had a friend over. I’m left in charge. This is a piece of cake. Going to mow the lawn and then watch the game while the kids hangout out down there. Simple. Easy. Harmless.
I was wrong. I was so, so wrong. Turns out they watched a documentary on Walt Disney. How he began drawing. Yeah, you’ve already guessed it. The kidcave became the famous art museum. But, why would they draw on paper? Why, when they have have these big beautiful white walls to use as their canvas? This is what I walked in on. Drawings all over the walls in crayon. They knew I was mad. I hadn’t even said a word yet. The pink elephant got blamed. Now, it’s not just the fact that there are four walls covered in this mess, it’s the fact that my wife is going to come home and see this. And somehow, in some way IT WILL BE MY FAULT!
I don’t have a pink elephant to blame. I’m running out of time here. So, I thought of the best thing I could; think like my wife. What would she do? What’s that box of white things under the sink? Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser things. Yes! That will work! If we had them in stock. Empty box with a post-it note that says “put on grocery list”. AHHHHH! The internet is my only hope. What is the fastest way to get this off the walls? (without calling Houston Texas Painters….AGAIN)
Use a sponge with an abrasive side. Dampen the sponge and place a small pile of baking soda on it. Place the sponge against the affected wall area and gently rub in a circular motion. You will probably need to rinse and repeat depending upon how dramatic the line and the color. This is probably why people find that toothpaste also works – toothpaste contains a large amount of baking soda! Let the toothpaste sit for 5-10 minutes. Wipe away the toothpaste with a damp cloth. The mark should be gone.
Isopropyl and WD-40 are recommended as well, but in my mind this just seems like it will cause a problem With it being a basement room, there aren’t any windows to vent out the harmful fumes. Also, hairspray was recommended, but I’m not sure which hairspray is the expensive one, so I didn’t take the risk. Plus, we are strong advocates of Green Cleaning!
Luckily, we did have baking soda and toothpaste. This does work. There’s a video I watched on it too. Baking soda video.
Then there were the markers:
I missed part of the game, but that’s why they invented the dvr. The crisis has been averted. And of course the kids ratted me out. Can’t win ‘em all. If you are in this situation my solution is this.
STEP 1: Breathe.
STEP 2: Make sure you hit record on the dvr.
STEP 3: Do all the cleaning stuff I said above.
STEP 4: Wait for your wife to come home.
STEP 5: Hide and drink a beer.
Hope this helps. And if you see that pink elephant, let him know I have some words for him.