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Cleaning White Wood Furniture – Works for Me Wednesday

Posted on: September 21, 2011

We’ve been doing a lot of home projects and rearranging the last couple of weeks. We switched the playroom to another location, so that Jonathan could have an actual office with doors.

After we moved the girls’ playroom, we decided to was time to get them their own desks. We’ve been doing school work at the dining room table, but I’ve been really wanting them to have personal desks where they know that they can always go to to do color, “study”, and read. We found some really great side tables at IKEA that are the perfect height for the girls.

{IKEA LACK side table}

Jonathan and I assembled the tables as soon as we got home, because we were so excited for the girls. Not ten minutes later, the entire table was covered in crayon.


I was slightly frustrated, seeing as we had just bought them. But, like Jonathan pointed out, when I told the girls to sit at their tables and color, I didn’t clarify not to color on the table. Sigh. Bad mommy communication.

A quick Google search showed me that I could clean the tables off by making a paste from baking soda and water. I tried it, and sure enough, it worked.

But, the table certainly didn’t look quite as nice as it had before. And it took a lot of work to scrub it clean, so I wasn’t thrilled with the idea of scrubbing it every time a crayon ran off paper. Instead, I instituted a new rule – It’s your desk, color it if you want to. After all, I remember writing on my desk when I was a schoolgirl.

Do you have any furniture cleaning tips? Or are you like me and just let it go?

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10 Responses to "Cleaning White Wood Furniture – Works for Me Wednesday"

Magic Erasers take almost anything off everything–seriously the best invention! Something to try if you decide to clean them again ๐Ÿ™‚

Clorox wipes are great at getting crayon off too!

I think your plan of just going with it was a great idea in this situation! Saves mama and kiddos from lots of frustration, and really, what does it matter if their tables become works of art themselves? Someday you will probably look at all those marks fondly and remember these days ๐Ÿ™‚

Get you some of that clear contact paper for the top- it sticks and comes off later!

I so agree with Alicia’s comment! I did a post this week on Jackson’s Orchard. When you lived here did you ever go there?

My tip is Crayola dry-erase crayons – yes they make those :)! They wipe off very easily with a baby wipe and it cleans up completely.

I love the tables and I’d leave them to be colored too. I agree with Alicia M. someday they will hold such fond memories.

I use baking powder and Mrs. Meyers solution to clean the sinks and tubs. I didn’t want to spend the money on that solution but it’s lasted over a year. I use it to mop floors, and clean the counters too very very diluted in water. I maybe use half what the bottle suggests.

we did the exact thing! Jacob has painted, colored and whatever else on his little table and I’ve just decided to let it go. ๐Ÿ™‚ You’re a smart mama!

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