How to remove crayon from couch fabric

If you have children, chances are at some point you will find crayon on your couch. Crayon marks on couch fabric can look intimidating to remove. Some common household products can be used to successfully remove crayon from couch fabric. Patience and persistence are key to getting rid of crayon stains on couch fabric without compromising the integrity of the fabric.

Scrape away as much crayon as possible. Use a butter knife to gently scrape up the crayon. Scraping is only necessary if the crayon has melted onto the couch fabric or is ground into the fabric in large chunks. If the crayon is just in the form of marks, you will not be able to scrape any off.

Moisten a paper towel with ammonia or dry cleaning solvent. Either product will work well, so use whatever you have on hand.

Dab the moistened paper towel over the crayon stain. Avoid rubbing over the stain the crayon will spread further. Dab the couch fabric several times with the paper towel. Blot the couch fabric with a dry paper towel.

Continue this process, switching from blotting with the moistened paper towel to blotting with the dry paper towel, until no more colour from the crayon is transferred from the couch to the paper towel.

Fill a small bowl with 1 cup lukewarm water. Add 1 tsp of bleach-free dish soap to the water.

Dip a sponge into the bowl, and wring it out lightly. Dab the couch fabric with the sponge and soapy water. This will remove any traces of the cleaning solution, as well as any crayon residue.

Rinse the couch fabric with a rag and plain water. Blot the couch fabric with a dry rag to remove excess moisture. Allow the couch fabric to air dry the rest of the way, then inspect for any traces of the crayon.

Apply a lubricating spray such as WD-40 to the couch fabric if the crayon mark remains. Apply a small amount of the spray, and allow it to sit on the stain for about five minutes.

Scrub the crayon stain with a stiff scrub brush to loosen the crayon from the fabric. Clean the cushion with the sponge and soapy water, rinse with a rag and plain water and blot excess water from the fabric with a dry rag. Allow the couch fabric to air dry.


Always test the product you are using on a small, inconspicuous area of the couch fabric prior to applying it to a more noticeable area.

Things You'll Need

  • Butter knife
  • Paper towels
  • Ammonia or dry cleaning
  • Small bowl
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 tsp bleach-free dish soap
  • Sponge
  • Rags
  • Lubricating spray
  • Stiff scrub brush
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Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.