Cleaning preschool tables. A daily chore..actually, a chore done multiple times each day! However, there are times when "stuff" just doesn't come off as easily! I tried many items and then........
I asked YOU how to get crayon, marker and other marks off a porous preschool table and you did not let me down! Read on to see your suggestions and my "testing" of those suggested products as well as a "bonus" video! :)
One of our tables has a laminate top.
A note about cleaning preschool tables that have laminate tops:
Do NOT use a Magic Eraser on it! It WILL take the sheen/finish off the table.
The other table, the one that had many marks on it, is a plastic, porous top*. They are, in my opinion, sturdier and don't get worn quickly.
However, because they are slightly poroused, getting crayon and other marks off is not the same as other table tops!*If you are looking to price tables from a company with low prices and awesome customer service, I suggest Discount School Supply or ECMD.
I have been an affiliate with them for some time. They have great prices, shipping deals and great customer service.
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"What do you all use to get crayon and marker off the tables. I've used bleach/water and sanitizing wipes. I can not use a magic eraser because it takes the "sheen" off these tables. These are the "pourous" plastic topped tables. What are your tricks? Ready.......go!"
This was the question I asked on Preschool Plan It's Facebook Page. And you did not let me down!
You collectively came up with 16 suggestions for me to try!
Your suggestions were:
And, as promised, I tried them all, with the exception of the Norwex Cloth. Can you guess which suggestion worked best? Here is the video....Enjoy!
So, did you guess correctly which one worked the best?
Some of the items worked well and others not so well. Some were too strong smelling (such as the WD40 and the Lysol spray). And, although we would never use them in the classroom when the children are present, I found the residual smell far too strong.
ALL of these products worked for light dirt and marker. However, the crayon was a tough cookie!
Here are my notes for each cleaning product I tried:
Bounce Dryer Sheet
Dawn Dish Detergent & Baking Soda Paste
Dawn Dish Detergent and warm water
Dish Detergent and Lemon Juice
Bleach & Water Solution--left on to sit and then wiped off with disinfectant wipes
Huggies Baby Wipes
Aerosol Hair Spray (for marker removal)
Toothpaste (for crayon removal)
The Magic Eraser, Goo Gone and toothpaste did remove some of the crayon marks. However, I think the porousness of the table was a challenge for these products.
So, my favorites? Shaving cream! And for the tougher stuff.....a mix of Dawn detergent and baking soda.
ALL of these need one additional ingredient suggested by Pauline M.: GUMPTION! Lots of it!
You now have a ton of ideas on cleaning preschool tables now! However..........what about scuffed floors?
Ask and you shall receive! Here is how to remove scuffmarks from floors.......no products needed--just wear your shoes!
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