Prep Your Stephenville Home for a New Coat of Paint

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The walls in your Stephenville home have a way of becoming a canvas for virtually everything. Whether your kids have taken their crayons to the walls or dirt and grime has just piled up, remember that you should always remove stains before trying to paint over them. Here are some tips for removing seven of the most common stains for your walls!

Dirt and Grime: Oil from your hands gets onto walls, cabinets, doors, and door frames, so grab a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and go to town. Wet the sponge and rub gently to avoid taking bits of paint off with the stain.

Grease: In your kitchen, grease has a way of finding its way around the room. It can get on cabinets and attract dust and dirt, so clean it up with any good dish soap that you would use for your greasy pots and pans.  For small stains, mix ¼ teaspoon of soap in a cup of warm water, and wipe. Rinse with clean water, and blot until dry. Clean stubborn grease stains with solution of 1/3 cup of white vinegar with 2/3 cup of water.

Crayons: For crayon marks on your wall, try the Magic Eraser once again. If that doesn’t work, try rubbing marks with toothpaste (not gel) or use a baby wipe to remove the marks.

Permanent Marker: Yikes! There’s nothing more unnerving than seeing permanent marker dragged across your white walls. Soak a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and dab the stain, or spray marks with hairspray, then wipe away the drips.

Ink: Ballpoint ink is often oil-based is no match for foaming shaving cream or nail polish remover. Just be sure to open the windows if you’re using polish remover, as the scent can be overwhelming.

Mildew: To remove mildew from your walls, spray with vinegar water. Mix 1 tablespoon of white vinegar with 1 quart water. Blot it on the stain, and then rinse thoroughly with water.

Water Stains: If water has dripped down your wall and caused a stain, first, locate and solve the source of the leak. To remove the stain, rinse with a solution of 1 cup bleach to 1 gallon of water to prevent mold and mildew from growing. Thoroughly dry with a hairdryer or fans.

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