The Modern Mom
December 2, 2008
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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.

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