If you’ve recently gone to the time and effort of painting, or hiring someone else to paint the walls in your home, it stands to reason that you want to preserve the result and keep them clean and fresh-looking for as long as possible. But, as any parent will tell you, achieving that in a bustling family home, especially with pre-schoolers around, is far easier said than done. And even if you don’t have a couple of sticky-fingered rugrats tearing around your home, it can be all too easy to accidently leave smudges and scuffs on your walls.
So let’s assume you, or another member of your household – or even a rogue visitor! – has done the unthinkable and left your once-pristine wall in a sadly soiled condition. How do you restore it to its former glory? Well, from crayons to scuffs and from pen marks to mold, there are a number of tips and tricks you can use.
How to remove crayon from a wall
If your child fancies him or herself as a mini Picasso, the good news is that there are a number of simple ways to remove the masterpiece using household goods that virtually any home will have. If your child has a pencil eraser in their arsenal of arty weapons, try rubbing the crayon marks out. If you’ve no erasers at home but do have a jar of mayonnaise in the kitchen, rubbing the sauce onto the marks then leaving it for a few minutes before wiping with a clean, damp cloth may also do the trick. Need something a little more aggressive? Grab a tube of regular (non-gel) toothpaste, smear it on the crayon and rub away with a cloth or light scrubbing brush. The magic is in the paste’s abrasive texture!
How to remove mold from a wall
You’ll usually know if you have moldy walls – the tell-tale green, black or brown spots are a dead giveaway. However, you should also keep a look out for peeling or bulging paint, and/or a musty odor. Mold occurs in damp or humid areas, whether that’s because you have recently had a leak or the room is naturally humid – such as a bathroom or laundry room. The most effective way to get rid of mold is to make a bleach-water solution. Mix three parts water to one part bleach (don’t forget to wear rubber gloves!) and apply to the mold, either straight from the container or by decanting the liquid into a spray bottle. Scrub the mold with a stiff-bristled brush until it is all gone. Rinse your wall thoroughly and pat it dry.
How to remove scuff marks from a wall
Those annoying little black scuff marks that appear on walls, often caused by furniture being moved or people squeezing past each other really spoil the look of a fresh paint job. Where they come from may remain a mystery, but now getting rid of them won’t be! Scuffs normally take a bit of elbow grease but, even so, it’s worth trying to get rid of them the gentler way first by rubbing them with a soft, damp cloth. If you’re lucky, the mark will give up and disappear, in which case you can simply dry the wall by patting it with another cloth. If you’re unfortunate enough to have a stubborn stain, you’ll need to grab yourself a cleaning sponge made from melamine. Dampen the sponge, taking care to make sure it’s not too wet, and scrub the scuff until it vanishes. Still not having any luck? Try adding a couple of drops of liquid dish soap to a bowl of warm water, and switch back to a cloth. If you find this is working but the mark needs that added push to remove it completely, drop a tiny amount of the liquid soap directly onto your cloth. If none of the above work, you will probably have to resort to using an all-purpose household cleaner, which you can spray onto your cloth – or even directly onto the wall if you’re getting desperate at this point!
How to clean pen and pencil marks from walls
If your wannabe Renoir has graduated from crayons to pens and pencils, yet still hasn’t mastered the art of using a sketch pad or paper, don’t panic. A combination of baking soda and water will do the trick – in fact this works for many household wall stains. Simply mix to a paste consistency, apply to the mark and then rub until the pen is lifted out.
We hope these tips help, but if your walls are looking like they’re beyond redemption, why not give Sharper Impressions Painting a call? We’ll have your rooms looking spic and span again before you know it!