How to Remove Pencil from Wall- 5 Methods to Try

A wall or an art canvas?

Little kids can be great artists if you leave them with a pencil or pen or crayon. Well, your beautiful wall can also become a canvas to them in that case.

So, if you have a child in the house, we know how your beautiful wall is used as their canvas. In that case, you might be asking yourself how to remove pencil from wall.

Removing the pencil from the wall is nothing impossible for you. There are some quite simple and fascinating methods to remove the marks from the wall.

So, if you really want to get rid of the pencil marks from the wall and make your wall fresh again, let’s get started-


How to Remove Pencil from Wall

In case if you’re asking yourself that why is it so hard to remove, we’ll tell you why. You see, most of the pencil cores are made of graphite powder that is mixed with a clay binder.

The graphite basically gives you the grey or black marks that you see on your wall. And the worst part is that graphite and the plaster of your wall have a great friendship that’ll definitely make your wall look bad.

And you can use any of these 5 methods depending on your situation if you’re willing to bring back the same old fresh and beautiful wall of yours.

So, here we go-


Method 1 of 5: Art Gum Eraser Method

When you normally use a pencil, you remove the art using and art gum eraser. The art gum eraser is easy to find. They are available at artist supply stores and some craft shops mostly.

Also, you might confuse the art gum eraser with the normal pencil erasers but they’re not. You see, art gum erasers are gentler than many pencil erasers in the market.

Moreover, as it is more gentle than any other, it can be a better choice if you have a delicate wall covering like non-washable wallpaper.

So, you need to start by rubbing the pencil marks with the art gum eraser. You should try to work from one end of each mark to the other, rather than rubbing across the marks. Because the rubbing might smear the wall surface and make it look worse.

Make sure that you check the eraser frequently and rotate it to a fresh area every time it becomes dirty.

This way you can avoid creating any larger stain on the wall surface. Because you want to erase a mess, not create another one.


Method 2 of 5: Foam Eraser Method

Yes, a melamine foam eraser. The foam eraser was made for situations like the general household stain and scuff removal.

Don’t worry, it can still help you take care of the pencil marks from the walls. You’ll notice that the foam eraser wears down as it cleans, just like a pencil eraser.

So, to make this method work, you need to wet a corner of the foam first. Then, gently rub the foam on the pencil mark. And don’t forget to work from one end of the stain to the other.


Method 3 of 5: Baking Soda Scrubbing Method

Now we’re back to the father of the cleaning solutions. The good old and one and only, baking soda.

Think about it, baking soda has always been a cleaner from the very beginning. And luckily you can give a try on the pencil marks too.

It acts as a mild abrasive and gentle enough to remove pencil from a wall without harming many types of wall surfaces.

What you need to do is just simply dim a damp white cloth into baking soda. And then you’ll need to rub on the pencil marks following the direction of the line.

Then, you need to brush the baking soda off the wall or you can wipe it with a fresh damp cloth. You can apply more baking-soda scrub if you need any.

You should also remember to keep the cloth only slightly damp. Simply put, they just need to be wet enough so that the baking soda can cling to it. If you oversaturate, it might cause moisture damage on flat paint or delicate wallpaper.


Method 4 of 5: Toothpaste Treatment

Just like the baking soda, the toothpaste is also a mild abrasive that can help you remove the pencil from the wall or wallpaper.

So, all you need is your regular used toothpaste for this method. You need to apply a small amount of a non-gel white toothpaste directly on the pencil marking that you have on your wall.

Now, it’s time for you to let the toothpaste set on the wall surface. After a minute or so, you need to wipe in the direction of the marks with a slightly damp white cloth.

Make sure that you have the toothpaste properly taken away from the spot. You can add some more toothpaste if you want. But remember that too much of the toothpaste can also harm the wall surface.


Method 5 of 5: Painting Treatment

This is the last resort for you if everything else fails for you to cure the pencil. You’ll need to paint over it.

So, you need to match the color of the existing paint that you have on the wall and get it. It’s very important that you make sure to have the exact right match of the color. Or else the new color will look odd on your wall.

Now, you need to sand the area that if affected by the pencil. You need to sand the surface as lightly as you can because we’re not planning to go deep.

After you’re done sanding, add a primer layer on the affected portion and paint on it after the primer sets into place.

Make sure that you match the affected places with the older color of the wall and you’re good to go.

Well, that’s how to remove pencil from wall. Just 5 easy methods that’ll make your wall as beautiful as you had the first day.


However, you should always remember that if the pencil marks are worse in situation, call a home decorator or a professional painter might be a great option for you.


So, let’s hope that nothing goes wrong and best of luck painting.

Call us direct at Earles Paints on 07 4121 5202 for all the information you need and visit us : Earle Paint Place Maryborough.

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