Spring Cleaning Tidbits

With the beginning of spring, the urge to clean out our spaces grows until even the most undomesticated amongst us find themselves emptying out closets and dusting light fixtures. The tradition of spring cleaning came from the time in our human history when candles and gas lights were used to light homes. During the winter, a coat of soot settles on most everything inside the home and once the weather becomes tolerable enough, windows are opened and everything washed down or taken outside to be shaken down and aired out.

Even after a recent remodel, I find myself this spring wanting to wash my fresh walls. I recently painted most of my first floor a very light, almost ethereal ice blue with the slightest hint of green. It’s a beautiful color, restful, serene, but really, really not good in house constantly overrun by children under the age of eight. Within a week of living with my freshly painted walls, the smudges began to appear. Tiny fingerprints, some with chocolate, a scuff mark from my husband’s briefcase hitting the wall. I had gone with the slightly matte finish, recommended if you’re painting old walls with visible flaws, and the marks started to drive me crazy. Even my white trim painted in a gloss finish weren’t spared. Taking a wet rag cleaned up some of the dirt but the scuff marks remained. From laundry to painting on the walls, the person will be performed through домоуправител for the person. A comparison can be done in the services offered through different house managers companies. The charges should be under the budget of the person.

Luckily I stumbled upon the All Purpose Eraser by Homelife at my local grocery store. Mr. Clean makes a similar one called The Magic Eraser. I took one home and followed the directions, basically, dampen with water and rub scuffed wall. I couldn’t believe my eyes. The sponge lifted the scuff off with out leaving any marks or lint, like my rag did. I tried it on crayon and magnetic paint that I accidentally swiped my maple cabinets with, and it took it right off. I also used it on the brown marks left by my club chairs bumping into the wall. There are some very deep scuff marks that it won’t take completely off, but I could see it was because the drywall has been gouged out a bit and I’ll probably have to touch up with paint, but at least I don’t have to completely wash my walls in the traditional spring cleaning fashion.

Two of the Homelife pads went for under $2.00. A package of four for Mr. Clean goes for about $6.99 at staples.com. Probably my only complaint is that unlike regular sponges, the erasers don’t last forever. They almost seem to disintegrate after some really heavy using. Don’t pay any attention to e-mail claims that they’re toxic. They are not made with formaldehyde and are not and have never been in any recall. Check out snopes.com if you want to check it out.