Walls: A Home-Ec 101 Guide

They surround us, protect us, and shelter us. Walls also take a lot of abuse from dirty hands, shoes, feet, and the ends of brooms/mops that are taller than my children. Lately, I’ve heard myself saying, “Please take your feet off the wall – or – Please don’t put your dirty hands all over the wall.” Is that only at my house? Can’t be. I know that different ages of children make different marks on the wall. How do those toddlers always manage to find the non-erasable markers?

Just in case someone other than me has to deal with messy walls we wrote the following tips to help you take care of your walls. Click on the title of the article you want to read more of.

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How To Clean Air Vents / Registers That Cannot Be Easily Removed

I have never before lived in a house where I could not remove those vents, clean them, and them put them back up. Removing the vents by breaking the seal is going to make a big mess I can tell. Is there any way to clean those vents myself without removing them?

How to Clean Flat Paint

I have a quick question about washing my apartment walls. Normally, I’d just use some soapy water and dig right in, but my landlords used cheap, lousy, thin flat white paint. I’m afraid that my washing will ruin the surface.

How to Clean a Grungy Grille (Central Air Return)

Builders and contractors don’t always use common sense when planning the layout of a home’s heating and cooling duct work. Sometimes the grille, or vent cover, is right in the middle of a wall. Even though I frequently run the soft brush attachment over the grille and occasionally spray it off with the hose, our vent cover was gross.

How to Remove Candle Soot From Paint

A great way for me to relax is to curl up on the sofa once she is asleep, light some candles and put my Ipod on. About a week ago, while cleaning the house, I noticed that the candles left big black spots on the wall! I tried washing them with every product I have in the house and it’s not working.

How To Dust the Walls

How exactly does one dust the wall? Do you dust the entire wall with a dust cloth? Do you wash it?

How to Remove Marker from Painted Walls

My apartment walls are covered in crayon (washable and not), marker (washable and not), colored pencil, and various kinds of pen ink. I’ve tried soap and water, multi-purpose cleaner, Soft Scrub, and Magic Erasers to get my walls clean but nothing seems to do more than fade it out. My lease eliminates any repainting options. What can I do?

How To Touch Up Paint In Very Small Areas

This quick tip is Q-Tips make great, disposable “brushes” for touching up paint in small areas.

How to Wash Walls

My living room desperately needs to be painted….I really want to do this right, is it true that I have to wash the walls before I paint?

Send your domestic questions to helpme@home-ec101.com.

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