Tuesday, January 24, 2012

How Do You Clean Fingerprints off a Painted Wall?

How Do You Clean Fingerprints off a Painted Wall?

Every home eventually ends up with fingerprints on walls and doors. In some homes these are concentrated around doorknobs, light switches and thermostats, but in homes with children, they can be just about anywhere! So sooner or later, everyone wonders how you clean fingerprints off a painted wall.

When it comes to washability, not all paints are created equal. If your door, trim, cabinets or walls are painted with a gloss or semi-gloss paint, they will likely stand up to a mild scrubbing from time to time and shine like new. Eggshell paints are more borderline, while satin and flat paints will usually abandon the wall before those pesky fingerprints do.

If a wall suffers from noticeable fingerprints, it likely also has experienced fading, scuffs, nicks and dents. The surest way to restore a clean, fresh look is to apply a new coat of paint. It is often the case that we feel a wall is still in good shape, but when we see it repainted, we realize how worn the old coat had become.

If you wish to try cleaning scuffs or fingerprints from a non-glossy paint, try cleaning an inconspicuous area first, to make sure you aren’t going to ruin the finish. Here are some ideas you could try:

 - Use a soft sponge or a microfiber cloth, and scrub very gently using a mixture of ammonia and warm water (1-2 cups per gallon). Use a circular motion as you scrub, and dry the wall immediately afterwards.

 - Rub the fingerprints lightly with a dampened Magic Eraser. Again, use a circular motion. These will often remove a variety of fingerprints or other marks from painted walls.

 - Try baby wipes! Since these are designed to clean skin, they can often break down the oils in fingerprints and clean them off surprisingly well.

Are you looking to remove fingerprints from your walls? Painters USA would be glad to help. We can repaint a single wall or a whole room, touch up baseboards and trim, freshen up a door or recoat a stairwell. Whatever your residential painting needs are, Painters USA is equipped and experienced to finish the job in a way that leaves you smiling long afterwards!

Painters USA serves Batavia, Geneva, Glen Ellyn, Hinsdale, Inverness, Lisle, Naperville, Palatine, Wheaton, Roselle and the whole Chicagoland region.