If your painted walls have “hard-to-remove” stains, don’t despair, a new coat is not the only solution. Listed below are four easy fixes I found, guaranteed to bring back that clean wall without spending a lot.
STICKERS – our kids love putting stickers everywhere and the easiest way to remove them is to soften the adhesive with heat using a blow-dryer. Do it for 10 to 15 seconds, then peel. If necessary, just repeat the process. For stubborn gunk, dampen a cotton swab with laundry pre-wash stain remover and rub until it penetrates the residue, then use an old credit card or spatula to scrape it off. Wipe the area with a damp cloth and let dry.
FINGER PRINTS – To remove finger prints from walls, door frames and light switches, spray some all-purpose cleaner on a cloth and wipe. Don’t try spraying it directly on the wall because it will only make the dirt run down and create a bigger problem. To ensure that the washed area blends with the color of the unwashed wall, go over the spot you have cleaned and blot it with a sponge dampened with water.
CRAYON – for crayon-stained walls, apply a citrus-based cleaner with a soft cloth. As soon as you see the stains disappear, wash the spot with soap and water and let dry.
CANDLE SOOT – Don’t try to scrub off the black marks, it will only make things worse. Here’s what you should do: whisk off any dry, loose bits of soot using a dry paint brush. Then, soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and lightly go over the stain in a circular motion. Repeat using a clean, damp cotton ball until the stain is gone.