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How to get rid of stains on painted walls: an easy way without repainting

Yulia PoteriankoLife
Cleaning painted walls requires patience

Washing even waterproof painted walls can be a futile exercise, because water still has the ability to leave stains. And the only thing left to do is repaint everything again.

However, Lifehacker claims that you can use improvised means to get rid of dirt on the walls without resorting to such radical methods. The main principle is to start removing stains with a light wipe, gradually increasing the intensity as needed.

Dishwashing liquid

Mix mild dishwashing liquid with water in a 1:2 ratio. Use a cloth dampened with the mixture to apply the soapy water to the stain. Gently rub the stained area up and down, then rinse off the soap with clean water and dry the wall thoroughly with a regular hair dryer on a cold air setting.

Baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice

If the dishwashing detergent method doesn't work, prepare a mixture of white vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda. Add the ingredients to a spray bottle, shake it well, spray it on the stain, and leave it to work for about an hour. You may need to repeat this process several times to remove the stain completely. Therefore, choose a time for cleaning when you can leave the product on the wall several times.

How to remove water stains from wood

If water stains have appeared on the wood paneling or furniture in your home, you can try to solve the problem yourself.

Apply regular mayonnaise to the stain and leave it overnight. In the morning, wipe off the residue and polish the wood.

You can also mix vinegar and olive oil in equal parts and apply it to the stain with a cloth, wiping in the direction of the fibers until the stain disappears. After this treatment, the only thing left to do is to polish the surface with a clean, dry cloth.

You can also try placing an iron on low heat over the stain with a cloth underneath. Press the iron for a few seconds and see if the stain disappears. Repeat until the mark is gone. This method works best with water stains that are still wet.

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