By grandmafudge from Laurel, MT
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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
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).
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. 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.
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.
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.
Make it his responsibility to remove the marks.
I say make him figure it out. And clean it up and apologize to you for being a pig! 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.
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. 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.
How can I clean a brick wall in my family room?
Louise from Murrysville, PA
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. 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.
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.
By Suzieq775 from Collierville, TN
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.
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.
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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