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Cleaning Walls

Periodically we need to clean spills or marks on the walls. Or perhaps you are deep into your spring cleaning regimen and want to wipe down the walls. Either way, there are easy ways to do it that will not damage your painted or other type wall surfaces.
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February 14, 2011

When my boys were little, I discovered a great way to spot clean my walls. Using foam bathroom cleaner and a soft cloth is gentle on the paint, yet removes dirt and grime with no rinsing required.

By grandmafudge from Laurel, MT

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May 4, 2011

I have a 16 year old foster son and the walls in his room are stained with I want to assume is spit. Do I need to use anything special to clean the bodily fluids from the walls?

By hookemhorns from Austin, TX

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May 4, 20110 found this helpful

Depends. Does he have any illnesses or exposures that would be considered a pathogen? What type of surface are the walls? Painted? Paneling? At the very least, I would wear disposable non latex gloves and use at least vinegar water (vinegar is a natural disinfectant).

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May 4, 20110 found this helpful

Number one, your foster son would be doing the cleaning. You aren't his maid. He is supposed to be learning from you, as well as being cared for.

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Have you tried warm soapy water? I wouldn't think you would need any special cleansers. You could also try one of those Mr. Clean erasers.

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May 4, 20110 found this helpful

A cleaner containing a little ammonia, like windex, or home made windex.
We used to use it to clean bird droppings off the front door of the store
where I worked. Ammonia is good for any body proteins, like dried egg on a plate, etc. Not full strength, just a capful or two in sudsy water or windex.

However many dish detergents say don't use with bleach, so I wouldn't use with ammonia either, unless you have real soap.

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May 4, 20110 found this helpful

Given that he's a foster son, does he have more than usual problems? You might want to give him the solution, and gloves, and throw away all when done. Who knows what it is.

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May 5, 20110 found this helpful

Make it his responsibility to remove the marks.

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May 5, 20110 found this helpful

I say make him figure it out. And clean it up and apologize to you for being a pig!

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It is now your job to change him into and adult quickly any way you can. And just so you know. That may not be spit, think about it.

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May 5, 20110 found this helpful

Just want to suggest to you that it might not be "spit" that is on his wall.
A cleaning product used especially for body fluids should probably be used. Read labels, ask at the pharmacy, or ask your family doctor what should be used.

HE should do the cleaning. Make him wear gloves, and those clear safety-goggles. Make this a big deal! If he has to the clean walls, baseboards and floors in his room, wash the bed linens, remake his bed. It will make an impression on him.

And every time there is something on the walls. It will be time to clean again.

He might be using a "smokeless" tobacco product, and this is what he is spitting on the walls.

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This is just as unsanitary as plain "spit." Just because he doesn't smoke, does not mean these products are safe for him to use. And those nasty "spit-cups" .........ewwwwwww! Nuff said.

Just because he is a foster child doesn't allow him to do things that you wouldn't allow other family members to do. He should follow the rules that other family members follow. If you have not established any " Rules of the House," now is the time to do so. Kids complain about following rules, but rules are necessary in life.

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May 5, 20110 found this helpful

Good luck with that! I would have him clean the walls, definitely! Non-latex gloves, safety glasses, lots of rags, and a bucket of lysol-spiked warm water... He grimed the walls, he washes the walls. Then, perhaps involve his in choosing a new color for the walls? If he helps paint, maybe he will be invested in keeping things nicer? A thought anyway.

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Bless you for giving a foster kid a chance!

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May 5, 20110 found this helpful

I would also talk to your family doctor or the school counselor about this. It's not normal behavior (especially if this isn't from one episode) and they might have some insights for you. And everyone else - have some compassion. this might be this kid's 25th or 30th "home" in his life. I might be at the wallspitting stage myself if that were me!

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May 7, 20110 found this helpful

I think that this poster is playing a joke on all of us.

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May 10, 20110 found this helpful

The best cleaner for any body fluid is diluted bleach with water. Wear rubber gloves, and use old towels to wipe down the walls, then let them air dry. Dispose of the dirty towels in the garbage.

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October 17, 20060 found this helpful

How can I clean a brick wall in my family room?

Louise from Murrysville, PA

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November 8, 20060 found this helpful
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Although you might find stuff at a hardware store, you could definitely get the right stuff from any store that deals in fire places and wood stoves. We had a new wood stove installed into the fireplace cavity and the first thing that got done was all of the brick & mortar got cleaned to looking new.

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Just buy a big old brush. Follow the instructions. Put down a rag sheet to catch any splashes - you will be using a brush with bristles.

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By 0 found this helpful
August 27, 2010

My walls are painted with flat paint. I have a three year old grandchild. There are many unknown spots on the walls. The Mr. Clean sponge leaves residue and you can see every place I've tried to clean.
What can I use on flat paint that won't show after cleaning?

By Suzieq775 from Collierville, TN

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August 30, 20100 found this helpful

Mr. Clean sponge worked well on my Sherwin Williams flat painted walls, they are ten years old. I think you're out of luck, sorry.

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August 31, 20100 found this helpful

Chances are that you aren't seeing residue from Mr. Clean, rather, Mr. Clean is taking the flat paint right off the walls! If the walls were painted with basic "contractor's cheapo" paint, that is what will happen.

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August 31, 20100 found this helpful

Well,This is high grade paint and less than three years old. I did not know they were using flat paint. I just picked the colors and the brand. So,If anyone hears of a good way, please let me know. Thanks, for the input.

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April 3, 20123 found this helpful

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February 14, 20110 found this helpful

Tips and ideas for cleaning textured walls. Post your ideas.

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Cleaning Textured Walls

When cleaning textured walls, slip and an old sock over your hand. A sponge sometimes tears easily and the old sock will not break in bits and pieces like a sponge.

By Gladys Hill (11/26/2004)

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Cleaning Textured Walls

I use an old toothbrush or fingernail cleaning brush because our textured walls seem so deep. I get a bucket of hot water with a little bit of dishsoap in it and it doesn't take much at all to scrub it out. (11/27/2004)

By Tawnda

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