Prevent a Wall Cleaning Project From Turning into a Paint Removing Fiasco

June 20, 2017


Friday morning, George and Mary depart early for work and leave their children, Morgan and Jessica, in the capable hands of their live-in nanny, Molly. The children are excited because Friday is finger-painting day. Finger-painting Friday. After breakfast, Molly gets the kids playing with the paint. She leaves briefly to tend to the laundry. When Molly returns, she gasps as she cannot believe the scene before her eyes. Multi-colored handprints cover the lower half of every wall in the room. How were they able to accomplish this disaster in such a short period of time? There is no way she has time to clean up this mess. Being resourceful, she calls ServiceMaster Quality Services and explains her predicament. ServiceMaster to the rescue. But really, how would you like to clean the walls in this room?



Cleaning the interior walls of your home or business can be an overwhelming task, to begin with, but becomes even more complicated trying to remove painted handprints from a painted wall. Because children are involved it is highly likely that some type of non-toxic water-soluble paint was used. Removing painted handprints from the wall should be a breeze if the wall paint is glossy or semi-glossy enamel. Before implementing a cleaning method, the wall should be carefully evaluated as to the type of paint and the type of impediment that needs removing. 

To preserve the luster of the wall it is best to start with warm water and a soft sponge. If this application does not do the trick then proceed to a soapy water mixture. Try mixing a small amount of dishwashing soap with 2-gallons of warm water. Apply with a soft sponge and rub lightly at first. Rinse the sponge often in a separate bucket of water. Repeat the process until all the handprints are removed. If this application does not remove the handprints, then continue to a stronger solution. Mix 1 cup of ammonia, ½ cup of vinegar, and ¼ cup of baking soda with one gallon of warm water.

If the paint is latex based it is possible that the walls will need repainting after they are cleaned. It depends on how deeply the dirt, mold, soot or paint stain is embedded into the painted wall surface. 

If you’re feeling a bit apprehensive and uncertain as to how to proceed with this or any wall cleaning project contact ServiceMaster Quality Services for a free appraisal of your situation. 




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