How to Clean Stains off of Semi Gloss Paint

What You'll Need
Measuring cup
Fine steel wool
Non-abrasive, all-purpose cleaner
Face mask
Protective glasses
Latex gloves
Spray bottle

Semi gloss paint is a great paint to have on your walls because it is bright and can set off a room with vibrant colors. Semi gloss paint is much thinner than other forms of paint and the texture of it is much smoother than other paints. This requires you to sand a wall it is going to be applied to as well as prime it. The semi gloss paint gets applied in several coats while sanding the previous coat. The final result is stunning and you are left with a brilliant paint job that withstands up to water so this means you can clean it. The following article will show you how you can remove stains from your semi gloss paint.

Step 1 - Protection and Mixing a Cleaner

Working with ammonia in any space is a hazard. It can cause your breathing to become erratic, heart palpitations, migraines as well as burning your eyes, nose and throat. Make sure the area you are working in is ventilated and that you are wearing a protective mask and glasses. Pour one gallon of cold water into a bucket and mix in it two cups of ammonia. Use cold water because it limits the odor and fumes produced by the ammonia. Ammonia is also very harsh to the skin so always wear latex gloves when using it as a cleaner. After the cleaner is made you can pour it into spray bottles to use later.

Step 2 - Cleaning Surface Stains

When we say surface stains we really mean stains that are very superficial. These would include fingerprints, streaking, water spots and even crayon. Some markers can also be included as superficial stains but they have to be water-based or washable. Other kinds of markers stain due to the chemicals used in the marker. These require a stronger method of removal which will be discussed later. To remove a surface stain; merely dip a sponge or rag into the cleaner solution you made. Wring out the excess cleaner and wipe down the wall. Scrub in areas where it seems to be tougher to remove. Once the surface stain has been removed wipe down the area with a new rag and clean water. This removes the ammonia residue and potential smell.

Step 3 - Removing Tough Stains

These are the stains that would include food and markers. Spray the wall with all-purpose cleaner and a layer of the ammonia mixture. Allow it to sit on the stain for a few moments. During this time cut off a piece of the steel wool and wrap it around the handle of the toothbrush. Begin to scrub the area with the handle of the toothbrush and steel wool. Do this gently to not remove the semi gloss paint. This is to remove the top area of the stain. Spray more solution onto the stain and finish with the toothbrush. Wipe the area down with a clean rag and clean water.