Easy Tricks For Removing Fingerprints, Smudges, and Scuffs...

Nothing spoils the appearance of a nicely painted wall or stainless steel appliance more than fingerprints, smudges, or scuff marks. With all of the available cleaning products on the market today, it can be frustrating trying to find the correct cleaning product for the job that won’t cause damage to the surface you are cleaning. Here are some easy tricks for removing fingerprints, smudges, and scuffs. Cleaning Fingerprints and Smudging on Painted Surfaces For painted walls in the home, it is very easy for fingerprints to appear, especially at lower levels where small children may touch when entering or leaving a room. This can leave behind a trail of dirty little fingerprints and smudges that are not always easy to remove. For walls painted with latex based paint, a slightly dampened sponge using warm water and a general purpose, non-abrasive cleaner work well. Use care to rub gently, as too much rubbing can make the paint feel sticky and leave a noticeably lighter area. Also, be very careful to avoid getting any water in electrical outlets when cleaning the walls. For tougher spots such as smudges and scuffs, instead of using the general purpose cleaning, instead, try a paste of a mixture of water and baking soda may do the trick. Apply and rub gently with a non-abrasive rag or pad. Other tricks for removing smudging include using a white vinegar and water combination or a spot of rubbing alcohol. The commercial product, the Magic Eraser also works well at removing fingerprints and smudging fro relatively any surface, however, does tend to lighten the painted area from which you removed the stain. Before attempting to clean a noticeable area on any surface, test an inconspicuous areas first and allow area to dry to see how it looks when finished. Tackling Fingerprints on Stainless Steel Stainless Steel appliances are becoming more popular than ever. It’s no wonder, as they look great in any kitchen, until you touch them. The fingerprints seem to accumulate quite easily on these stainless surfaces, leaving a smudgy, unattractive mess. Some simple tricks for cleaning those annoying smudges off of stainless steel include using a streak free glass cleaner. Also, simply washing the surface with a mild dishwashing detergent and water combination helps to remove grime, then follow up with an application of furniture polish after the water has dried. This will shine up the stainless steel and make it look brand new. The Magic Eraser also works well on stainless surfaces to remove smudging, but for the really shiny, fresh look, follow up with the...