You’ve been staring at that handprint on the wall for weeks, and it’s been driving you crazy! You took a cloth to it yesterday, but that only made it shiny for a while, and when it was dried, the handprint was still there mocking you. What’s worse is that that handprint got you noticing all the other marks on your walls! The grease in the kitchen, the crayon in the halls, the mildew in the corner of the bathroom (when did that even get there!)
The last time you took a scrubby to try and remove the stuck on dirt, you ended up removing the paint. At this point, your ready to repaint your whole house, but then you would still need to clean the walls and get this stuff off!
We get it; Are families are messy too!
The Repaint Specialists want to make your life as easy as possible, so they have come up with a guide to help you get those stubborn spots of your walls without ruining your expensive paint job!
THE REPAINT SPECIALISTS ULTIMATE GUIDE TO INTERIOR PAINT CLEANING
TACKLING GREASE Don’t feel bad. Every kitchen has grease and grime. It comes with the territory; however, right above the stove can become particularly greasy and discolored. Good news! It turns out that tackling grease and grime is more straightforward than expected. Almost any decent dish detergent should help get you out of this sticky situation. ‘Dawn‘ is well known for it’s gentle yet powerful grease fighting action!
Simply mix a bit dish soap with some warm water and wipe. Rinse, and blot the wall dry. Have a stubborn grease stain? Try a mixture of 1 part white household vinegar to 2 parts warm water!
Fighting Dirt and Grime
You may not notice just how much we touch our walls. If you have little ones, you can times that by 10. The oil and dirt that our hands can transfer to our walls, doors, cabinets and door frames can be unsightly at best. Guess what; you can make the same solution as above, and luckily, for those stubborn finger marks, Mr, Clean makes a pretty good eraser that actually works! Just wet the sponge and gently rub.
You may find yourself needing more than a little sponge; that’s okay, we got you covered. Here is a recipe for making your own homemade eraser sponge/cloth. Remember to wear gloves!
Wipe the mixture on your walls with your choice of sponge or cloth, then rinse clean with water.
Crayon Graffiti We love our kids, but there are some days we don’t like ’em. These days usually involve crayons, walls, and destruction. Your store-bought or homemade magic eraser should do the trick, but if it doesn’t, people have reported success with toothpaste, erasers, baby wipes, and baking soda on a damp sponge (be careful not to scratch!)
Sharpie Disaster Permanent marker can be a real pain to get of the walls. Soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and gently dap the stain. You may need a few cotton balls before it comes out. Having a cloth handy to catch runs is a good idea!
Battling Mildew Mildew is a nasty fungus that eats soap scum and body oil: hence why it is prone to the bathroom! A solution of 1 tablespoon white vinegar to 1-quart water can be sprayed and wiped from the wall. MIldew can cause a lot of damage, so you want to keep it under control.
If it has gotten too far, you may need to call in a specialist!
Water Stains First things first! You need to solve the problem of where the heck the water stain is coming from in the first place. Once you have that sorted and fixed, you can make a solution of 1 cup bleach to 1 gallon of water to prevent mold and mildew from growing. You need to be sure that the area is thoroughly dried, so taking a hairdryer and cloth to the area isn’t a bad idea. Bleaching doesn’t always remove stains, and in these cases, you will have to repaint: Don’t worry we know a guy!
So, there you have it! The ultimate list to put you at ease when your mother in law says she is coming to visit!
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Posted in Painting Tips on Oct 16, 2019