Some of the most common wall marks and surface stains can easily be removed with common everyday household items.
To remove marks and scuffs on woodwork use a pencil eraser – marks from wheels and shoes come off easily with a rubber eraser.
Toothpaste doesn’t just clean teeth – try it on crayon, ink and scuff marks on many surfaces. When removing stains from wallpaper test it first in inconspicuous place. These type of stains can be seen through several layers of paint so be sure to remove as much of the stain as possible.
To remove crayon from radiators and glass, toothpaste is good for this. With a non-abrasive cloth lightly rub in a circular motion. When removing tougher stains let the toothpaste stay on the stain for one hour then scrub gently.
Be very careful or you can scratch the finish, but you can use a brass scourer to remove unsightly paint from most woodwork.
Oxy based pastes work wonders on lime scale, scum stains and dried on toothpaste. At most supermarkets you can find “oxy” based cleaners that fizz and slightly heats up the water.
To tackle moldy and damp odors in just about any area use bicarbonate of soda or regular old baking soda. Leave an open box in the refrigerator and freezer to remove food smells. In other areas sprinkle the smelly area let it sit for about five minutes, then use a damp cloth to clean and remove the baking soda. The smell should be noticeably diminished or gone in about 24 hours. In place of baking soda, you can use a few drops of vanilla on a cotton ball or cloth, or activated charcoal to remove odors. An open box of baking soda in the refrigerator and freezer is good for an entire month and then you can use for cleaning so it can be used until it’s gone.
Use a nylon sock if you're cleaning textured walls. This way you won’t leave a paper towel or other debris behind. To avoid streaking when washing the walls always start from to bottom up. Once you’ve tested in a small space for paint or wallpaper fastness, apply your cleaning solution to a clean dry cloth and work in small sections at a time.
Did you know you can remove wax from the carpet? Take and absorbent cloth place it over the crayon and with a hot iron go over the cloth and it should peel away easily. This tip can also be used on floors and curtains.
Keep in mind, it is never a good idea to mix cleaning products. Most contain either bleach or ammonia and when combined the fumes can be deadly. What better reason than to go green? Learn more about green and eco-friendly cleaning visit: www.1GreenClean.com.
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