Keeping your business clean can sometimes be a challenge, particularly if you have borh children and a home-based business, or you are forced to sometimes bring your children to your office, if you have an office space away from home. Small children do have a tendency to get into things they shouldn’t, even if you have a firm set of rules about when they can be in your office with you.
Wall stains don’t necessarily have to come from children, though. We can inadvertently transfer oils and dirt from our skin. Scuff marks from chairs and desks, as well as ink marks from ballpoint pens can find their way onto office walls, be they in a home office or traditional office space.
The thing you need to remember is that paint and wallpaper both can be fairly easy to clean if the stain is attended to immediately. Here are some tips to help you get your walls cleaned of stains:
- Dirt & Grime. If you’re keen on using home-mixed cleaning solutions instead of those at the store (which is usually a wiser move with children around), add 1 cup ammonia (225 ml), ½ cup (118 ml) distilled vinegar and ¼ cup (59 ml) baking soda to a gallon (4 litres) of water. Take a sponge or cloth and wipe the walls with the solution and then rinse with pure water. This solution won’t leave streaks or dull the paint’s appearance.
- Crayons. Small children with crayons like to think any surface is their canvas when Mum isn’t looking. To clean crayon stains off your walls, try any of the following: take a dab of toothpaste (not the gel kind) and rub the offending marks with it; An art gum or pencil eraser works quite well with crayon, too. Just be sure to use circular motions; Baby wipes are also a great go-to tool, as is baking soda on a damp sponge.
- Ink. There doesn’t have to be a child around for ink to get on walls. Anyone in an office can accidentally put marks on walls with a ballpoint pen if they’re leaning backwards in their chair and they’ve got their pen in hand. Because this kind of ink is oil-based, it surrenders well to shaving cream (a good reason to keep a toiletry set in your office, gents!) or perhaps nail polish remover. Just be sure to ventilate the room in question when using the polish remover.
There are likely other potential stains you’d have to remove other than these three, but if you run a home business, or simply have a cramped office space outside the home, these are the ones most likely you’d have to tend to. For larger stains, you can always call a professional cleaning company.