How to Erase the Writing on the Wall

If you have children in your household, the expression “writing on the wall” takes on a whole new meaning. Even if you don’t, hairline cracks, chair scuffs; marks from moving and dust can turn a seafoam stairwell or beige bathroom wall into an epic eyesore. Instead of a full paint job, you can make your walls look fresh and fabulous by addressing some of the smaller issues.

Here’s how:

  • Scuff Marks – It doesn’t matter if your marks come from crayons or chairs – they’re unsightly. Marks and scuffs accumulate on walls, making them look dirty and in need of a fresh coat of paint. To remove the scuff marks, grab a pencil. Rub the scuff mark with a clean pencil eraser. Then, blot the scuffed area with a moist clean cloth. Repeat the process until the scuff marks are gone.

  • Hairline Cracks – Simply spackling over small wall cracks doesn’t work. The spackle dries, the wall moves and you once again have a hairline crack. For a permanent repair, all you need is drywall tape and joint compound. For tips and advice, visit your local home improvement store.

  • Baseboards – The easiest way for a wall to lose its luster is to let the dust build-up. So, give a little love to your baseboards. Use a moist clean cloth and quickly rub across your baseboard until the dust is gone. Tip: A fabric softener cloth works well and leaves a clean smell behind.

    Keep in mind, not all paints and surfaces are the same. Test your technique in a small unseen area first.


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