Published on November 29th, 2013 | by Tom Wake0
3 simple ways to remove fingerprint marks from walls
Here are 3 simple tricks you can use to remove pesky fingerprint marks from walls without repainting, wallpapering or moving house.
If you have children or drunk friends, the chances are you’ll have got mucky fingerprint marks on your walls at some stage.
It doesn’t matter where you look the stain seems to follow you around like the eyes of the Mona Lisa – whispering “your wall looks like a crime scene!”
The problem is if you to try to clean the marks off using conventional methods (like a wet rag) it can often make the problem even worse.
Suddenly instead of having a small finger print mark you have a giant brown splodge that can be seen from several miles away.
Trying to paint over the mark will often make things worse, because unless you have painted the wall very recently, the colour will have changed slightly – and the new paint will stick out.
The good news is that you don’t have to do anything drastic to fix the situation.
Here are 3 simple tricks you can use to remove fingerprint marks easily and without resorting to harsh chemicals that can bleach your wall:
1. Wipe them away with a slice of white bread
I know it sounds absolutely ridiculous but this can work a treat. Simply grab a single slice of white bread and rub it onto the marks in a circular motion.
Don’t eat the bread afterwards. Unless your walls are made of bacon.
2. Blast them off with baking soda
For particularly tough spots you’ll sometimes need something a little stronger than bread.
Try mixing up a paste of water and baking soda and dab gently onto the mark with a clean cloth. It’s powerful, non toxic and cheap and can work well against tough stains.
3. Zap them clean using white vinegar
White vinegar has thousands of fantastic uses and frankly it’s always good to have a bottle of this wonder stuff around.
Mix a little white vinegar with water. Now dip a clean cloth into the mixture and dab gently on tough fingerprint marks.
If you’ve got any top tips for cleaning away irritating marks and stains please get in touch or leave a comment below.
Next week, how to dispose of dead bodies using a toothpick and a lighter.