Most of our early memories go back to being rebuked for having drawn on walls. As grown-ups, we came to realise why that was such a well-deserved scolding. All of us enjoy smooth and clean walls and make the effort of keeping them that way, after all so much thought goes into choosing the right shade that’ll define the ambience of our homes. Walls are everything! (Well, almost)
A stain on the wall can be a total eyesore and we understand that. However, there is an off chance that some stains can even be detrimental to your health - mould or mildew being the prime culprit. If you live in a place that is usually very humid, this might be a common problem.
Here at Clean Slate, we’re always on the mission of bringing together some important cleaning hacks to bust these tiny stain stressors for you. And so we decided yet again to create a little guide to help keep your walls sparkling clean. Let’s look at some stains and how to clean them.
Everyday dust and grime
Those everyday pesky dust and grime marking your walls, be it due to an open window or a greasy hand accidentally touching the wall, if not attended to can keep getting worse over time. In this case, all you need is Koparo’s All-Purpose Cleaner and old rag cloth. You shouldn’t be using anything harsh on your walls as it might affect your paint. Koparo’s All-Purpose Cleaner being natural in its composition will not be very harsh on the paint but will put up a tough fight against dust and grime. This solution will not dull the painted finish or leave streaks over the walls
You can also take care of loose dust in more ways than one. Here’s another hack for a good weekend clean - You’ll need a bucket of cold water, some rag cloths and the help of Natural Dishwashing Liquid or Natural Detergent.
First, soak a rag in cold water and rinse the excess water out. Use the damp rag to gently wipe down the wall. You can keep rinsing the rag required. This removes most of the loose dust for some extra deep cleaning that eliminates it all, fill the bucket with a solution of warm water and a few drops of your Natural Dishwashing Liquid or Natural Detergent. Use a microfibre cloth to wipe it once again.
Crayon Stain and Pencil Stains
Are you shuddering at the sound of this? Yes, we know it is one of the most stubborn stains out there. If your kids are going through their Picasso phase and drawing everywhere, chances are they're either using wax, oil or pastel crayons. The secret to removing crayons, pencil and ink stains is acting quickly. If you have baby wipes lying around, these can definitely come in handy for fresh stains.
For ink or oil-based crayons or ballpoint pen marks you can use foaming shaving cream to dissolve the oil-based mark and wipe it away with a rag cloth. Graphite or pencil marks can be removed with an eraser or a wet cloth dipped into baking soda can be used as a pencil stain eraser too. You can use toothpaste that is not gel-based to remove crayon stains, or you can also sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge and rub over those marks gently and it will help you get stains off a standard wall of your home or office.
As the name suggests, these are meant to stay on for a long time. But we have a solution to tackle this stubborn stain - rubbing alcohol (Isopropyl Alcohol) or sanitizer. Soak a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol or sanitizer and dab it on the stain. Keep rotating the cotton ball to ensure you don’t re-stain the wall, only fresh cotton should touch the wall. Alternatively, you can even try some hairspray or nail paint remover over the stain.
If the stain is too stubborn, resort to toothpaste - a dab of toothpaste and rub it on top of the marker stain. Let the toothpaste settle for five minutes and rub it off with a warm wet towel.
Mould and Mildew
If the grime thrives on the wall, mildew follows. Even high humidity might cause excess mildew and mould growth, damp places like your bathroom might be more susceptible than others. For mildew wall stain removal, mix up a solution of one tablespoon of white vinegar in a quart of water and spray this solution onto the mildewed area of the wall. Leave the vinegar on for a few hours and then clean off with water and Natural Dishwashing Soap solution.