A house without children is like an empty nest. It is perhaps, cleaner and more orderly but is a home with less cheerfulness, joy and fulfillment. You are happy when your child manifests evident artistic inclinations. But, your happiness will be short-lived and ends when your little artist expresses his/her talent painting your fresh painted walls.
What can you do?
Natural that your first thought is to send your little painter in his room.
However, it is a smart idea for the future to offer to your little creative person an alternative to your painted wall, such as a dry erase board or chalkboard.
But, if the “damage” is done, the next step is to deal with his “artwork”.
Eggshell, Semi-Gloss or Flat Paint
There are several ways available for removing the marks and traces from wall surfaces. In fact, any method depend on the type of paint that it was used for painting.
However, it is important that before using a technique to test it on a small wall spot somewhere, where it is difficult to see it such as behind a couch or another piece of furniture.
1. Eggshell or Semi-Gloss Paint:
In this case, it is relatively easy to remove the pen, pencil, marker or other marks from the wall.
– Wipe these marks using a soft towel dampened in a solution of warm water and soap.
– You can also use Windex, Mr. Clean eraser or any glass cleaner.
– Use a wet sponge and baking soda.
– You can try whitening toothpaste to remove any traces from a white wall.
2. Flat Finish Paint:
Removing crayon, pen, pencil or other marks from a flat finish painted wall presents some difficulties and it may be quite tricky.
- – You can try “Goo-Gone” spray gel; it can help you to remove oily or sticky marks. In addition, this spray leaves behind a pleasant and fresh scent of orange.
- – Using WD-40 can give good results.
- – In many cases, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser can help you to remove most of the marks.
However, characteristic of this type of paint, flat paint, is that whatever product and technique you use, will still, remain some traces on the walls.
Therefore, my advice is to use KILZ primer or paint on these stubborn traces, let it dry and cover the spots with the same type of paint that was originally painted the wall. It is a good idea to do a touch up on a surface larger than the affected spot.