Repair A Wall To Give Your Home An Instant Facelift
After awhile you may notice your home is starting to look a little ragged and worn out. Dings, dents, scratches, scuffs, and scrapes are a relatively easy fix to repair a wall and get it looking as good as new. Fortunately, repairing walls is a good weekend DIY project that won’t take up too much of your time.
Patching drywall to smooth and repair a wall
All you need for to repair a wall that’s drywall is a putty knife, Spackle (or a joint compound, for deeper holes), and sandpaper. Simply fill the dents and dings with spackling paste, smooth and wipe away excess with the putty knife, and clean it up with a gentle sanding – sand until the repair is smooth and flush with the rest of the wall. Note: many spackling pastes and joint compounds contain silica, which can be incredibly harmful if inhaled. Invest in a mask to place over your nose and mouth when sanding and carefully remove dust with a wet, disposable cloth.
Buff out marks
Microfiber cloths (which can be found in the automotive section of your local store) can help remove marks from walls. Spray an all-purpose cleaner onto the cloth (avoid spraying directly on the wall to prevent drip marks that require additional buffing) and wipe away marks using circular motions. If your cleaner isn’t enough, you can create a gentle abrasive paste with dish soap, baking soda, and water to help get rid of the grime. Crayon marks may take a little more elbow grease and possibly an old toothbrush to scrub out.
If you can’t get the marks out…
If you notice that you can’t seem to remove the marks on the wall, you may need to touch-up the paint job. Hopefully you have some leftover paint from when you first painted your walls. If not, scrape off a little paint and take it to your local paint store to have it matched to a suitable shade. Use either the same type of brush you used to apply your initial coat of paint or opt for a small paint roller to allow the new coat to blend.