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How To Remove Stains From Painted Walls

Tired of watching those nasty stains every time you step into the room? Maybe you feel a little embarrassed when guests visit your home and notice those colourful stains? Well, you don’t have to keep waiting for the paint to get old so you can apply a fresh one and get rid of those stains. We have a few useful tips for you down below that you can use to remove different kinds of spots and stains; so let’s get started:

Removing Easy Stains

If the stains are fresh and not very stubborn like dirt marks, you can easily get rid of them by just a quick wash. You can even maintain a daily routine of washing the walls so that the stains are removed as they appear.

The process is simple, prepare simple water and vinegar solution. Take a cloth or a sponge, dip it into the solution, and then scrub the wall thoroughly. Make sure to wring the cloth/sponge very well so it doesn’t carry excess water, which can damage the wall.

Also, do not use anything that can scratch the wall like scrubbers because then your wall will have scratch marks. Use the water and vinegar solution for easy-to-remove marks and maintain this practice on a regular basis to keep the wall well-maintained.

Removing Tough Stains

If the mark on your wall doesn’t come off with the water and vinegar solution and you have also tried soap and water, then you need to bring in the big gun; cleaning eraser. The cleaning eraser is a special type of sponge that is made to clean most of the type of stains.

Before using the eraser, we suggest that you to a spot-test. Rub it on a small area and see if it’s working or not before moving to a larger area. Also, do not rub it too hard or the stain can become worse.

Also, if it doesn’t work and you move towards harsher chemicals, we suggest that you consider your wall paint first. If the paint is latex based then avoid using harsh chemicals, however, oil-based paint is sturdier so it can handle chemical cleaners.

Removing Stubborn Stains

If the stains are of oil or grease then they will not come off with cleaning eraser or other harsh chemicals. You need to go to the basics; try dish soap. Since the dish soap is made to get rid of oils stuck to the, well dishes, it can do the job just fine. Mix dish soap with water and gently rub the solution with the help of a cloth or sponge.

If there are coffee stains on the wall, then you can use dish soap for it as well. There are many all-purpose cleaners in the market, you can use them as well. However, you won’t apply the soap or cleaner using a sponge. You need to use a soft-bristle brush; just dip it in the solution and gently rub it on the stains.

If you apply too much pressure while cleaning the stains then it can leave marks on the wall. Once done, wipe the surface using a damp cloth and then let it dry.

Removing Pencil Marks from Walls

If you are a parent or have lots of children visiting your house every day, you will find your interior walls as their canvas. Some kids take the word ‘drawing room’ in its literal sense and cover the walls with pencil art. So if the walls of your house also have pencil marks then you need to first try erasing them with a pencil or art gum eraser.

If the marks don’t go away, use cleaning eraser sponge and gently rub on the marks. If they still don’t budget then move towards baking soda. Take a damp cloth, dip it in baking soda and gently rub it on the marks. Repeat several times and then wipe with a damp cloth.

Removing Stickers from Walls

Once again, kids love to spread art on the walls, doors and windows of their home and putting up stickers is one of things they like doing. However, removing them when they get old is really tough and most of the time, they take a small area of paint with them.

So if you want to safely remove old stickers, you should start by gently peeling it off. If the sticker hits a spot where it is not coming off then use hair dryer to remove its adhesive residue. You can also use vinegar for adhesive removal. Just take paper tower, pit in white vinegar and put it on the sticker area for a minute; this should loosen the adhesive.

If any of your efforts go in vain and the stains just don’t come off then your only way out is to repaint that area. Depending on the wall’s condition, you might get away with just a small touchup. Or, if the stained area is bigger, you may have to repaint the entire wall.

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