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Old 30.05.2012, 17:29
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CALLING ALL! Need cleaning help info...

Hi all, I am not sure where to post this! I am having quite the problem cleaning my walls. I don't know what is the deal with this pokey wall treatment here! It is painful if you run into it (I am accident prone, AND I have a toddler) ALSO, it is a pain to clean!! I am wondering if any of you out there have found anything that works. As I mentioned, I am a mom and I have a crayon accident, and a banana accident that I would like to get cleaned up! I have tried a soap and sponge, and magic erasers, and Mr. Clean wipes, also spray and paper towels. I am hoping someone out there has found the magic touch on cleaning these swiss walls! I am willing to try pretty much anything at this point. I hope I don't sound like a clean OCD freak! lol Thanks in advance for any help you can give. Hope you are all enjoying this nice weather as well, not stuck inside cleaning.
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Hi all, I am not sure where to post this! I am having quite the problem cleaning my walls. I don't know what is the deal with this pokey wall treatment here! It is painful if you run into it (I am accident prone, AND I have a toddler) ALSO, it is a pain to clean!! I am wondering if any of you out there have found anything that works. As I mentioned, I am a mom and I have a crayon accident, and a banana accident that I would like to get cleaned up! I have tried a soap and sponge, and magic erasers, and Mr. Clean wipes, also spray and paper towels. I am hoping someone out there has found the magic touch on cleaning these swiss walls! I am willing to try pretty much anything at this point. I hope I don't sound like a clean OCD freak! lol Thanks in advance for any help you can give. Hope you are all enjoying this nice weather as well, not stuck inside cleaning.
There is a synthetic white sponge you can buy that may help but it really depends in what kind of paint you have.
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Old 30.05.2012, 22:15
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Re: CALLING ALL! Need cleaning help info...

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for those spray-on walls (prickly), you normally have to wash them, and then repaint them.
A good bucket of whitewash cost like 10-20chf in www.bauhaus.ch or Jumbo.

for spots, use toothpaste.
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Old 30.05.2012, 22:24
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Re: CALLING ALL! Need cleaning help info...

Just buy a tub of paint and spot treat areas. We used bluetack to stick up photos in the kids rooms before I realised it just doesn't come off .... paint, paint, paint and magic .. all gone.

The beauty of this horrid surface (I quite agree with you that if you brush your leg or arm against it .. it hurts!) is that you can just spot repaint one tiny bit (the crayoned bit) and you really can't notice that only that spot has been touched up. If it was flat smooth plaster, you could never do that and get away with it.

(We are about to build a house and when we first moved here 7 years ago I could not believe what a horrid interior finish the walls were .. but 7 years later and now knowing how forgiving they are for not needing to be painted anywhere near as often as flat smooth walls and being able to be touched up, I am being seriously challenged as to what surface to go for in the new house ... )
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for those spray-on walls (prickly), you normally have to wash them, and then repaint them.
So no! Just repaint (and if particularly dusty or dirty in a corner, whisk the vacuum cleaner hose over it). I just repainted our entire house (after 10 years) and didn't wash any wall .. (whereas I always washed the walls down before painting in our previous house with smooth plaster walls ..)
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Re: CALLING ALL! Need cleaning help info...

If the areas to clean are not too big, try Silly Putty.

While Silly Putty has been very successful as a toy, it was originally sold to clean textured wallpaper that had become discoloured due to coal and oil heating.
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Re: CALLING ALL! Need cleaning help info...

Thank you everyone for your advice! I will try the eraser again (as we have company this weekend) and if still no help, I will have to make a trip to Jumbo. Thank you again for all your help. Yes, I suppose I will forgive the walls for all our injuries (not sure my husband will, after coming home from the pub ) Since it seems easy to fix at least before we move out!
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Re: CALLING ALL! Need cleaning help info...

Like HAT, I have also heard of toothpaste (non-gel) for wall spots.

Have you also tried baking soda rubbed on the spots with a damp cloth?

And for the crayon, I have heard of a gum or pencil eraser perhaps helping remove the marks when rubbed in a circular motion.

"Banana accident" -- that made me LOL!

Good luck with the cleanup!
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for those spray-on walls (prickly), you normally have to wash them, and then repaint them.
A good bucket of whitewash cost like 10-20chf in www.bauhaus.ch or Jumbo.

for spots, use toothpaste.

Try Rico, it works fairly well but can't do miracles:


http://www.sfsunimarket.biz/internet/sfsmedien.nsf/63D5572A92E8D70AC125776D002A454B/$FILE/Pinselstrich_Rico_1_2010_fr.pdf
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Re: CALLING ALL! Need cleaning help info...

Vanish in the pink spray bottle with oxy on label has saved us many times. We have the old walls that are porous and it has cleaned accidentally splashed wine on them. Also works very well on clothing stains.
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Old 31.05.2012, 22:42
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Re: CALLING ALL! Need cleaning help info...

Hi there...how long have you been living in the house?
according to rental laws( not sure if applies to all rental flats) a decent bit of dirtiness of the walls is accepted ie. the longer you live int he appartment longer or more damages will be accepted.
As a general rule a premises(interiors) needs to be repainted all 10 years. if you are giving up the flat in the 10th year after the last repainting( doesnt mater if you were present at tht time or other tenants) the costs will be taken over by the landlord.
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Hi there...how long have you been living in the house?
according to rental laws( not sure if applies to all rental flats) a decent bit of dirtiness of the walls is accepted ie. the longer you live int he appartment longer or more damages will be accepted.
As a general rule a premises(interiors) needs to be repainted all 10 years. if you are giving up the flat in the 10th year after the last repainting( doesnt mater if you were present at tht time or other tenants) the costs will be taken over by the landlord.
all the best.
The OP was not asking about rental laws or giving up the flat, but just how to clean the walls to improve their appearance. There is a reference to moving out, but crayon and banana will hardly be considered acceptable by any stretch of the imagination.
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(We are about to build a house and when we first moved here 7 years ago I could not believe what a horrid interior finish the walls were .. but 7 years later and now knowing how forgiving they are for not needing to be painted anywhere near as often as flat smooth walls and being able to be touched up, I am being seriously challenged as to what surface to go for in the new house ... )
My experience attending hundreds of property handovers is that flat walls show everything, and you cannot touch up anything.

Wallpaper can be far more durable and washable. It was used years ago, then became almost obsolete, but is making a comeback.

Our houses in Asia were wallpapered and it was easy to wash off marks.
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The OP was not asking about rental laws or giving up the flat, but just how to clean the walls to improve their appearance. There is a reference to moving out, but crayon and banana will hardly be considered acceptable by any stretch of the imagination.
I know that he was asking about the laws, but in case she was unaware a bit more information wouldn't really harm her.

depending on the owners/contract, if the interiors are due for a repaint, walls will be accepted with considerable amount of cosmetic damages at the time of handing over.
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There is a synthetic white sponge you can buy that may help but it really depends in what kind of paint you have.
What's that thing called in german anyway? I've got one from somewhere and it works wonders on scuffs!
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Wallpaper can be far more durable and washable. It was used years ago, then became almost obsolete, but is making a comeback.
Ahh but the problem is, I am pretty poor at wallpapering (we had it up in a couple of rooms in old house in UK .. I did my best but it wasn't my brightest interior decorating moment) but very much better at painting ... so a painted surface it will have to be.
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Scotch-Brite Flecken-Radier (Efface-tache Scotch-Brite )

http://www.google.ch/imgres?hl=de&bi...9,r:2,s:0,i:74

Coop sell them in a box of 5, in the sponge and mops section

http://www.3mupgrade.ch/index.asp?la...6&IDB=1&IDBm=2

http://products3.3m.com/catalog/us/e...er/output_html

http://home.howstuffworks.com/magic-eraser.htm



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