YOU know what’s going to happen, but you do it anyway: Sometimes mosquitoes are just so annoying, buzzing in your ear, that you just have to swat them against the wall.
But how do you get of the smashed bug stains that get left behind?
Act fast, advises Bernd Glassl, a voice of the cosmetic and detergent industry. “Removing mosquito residue and blood is easier when it’s still fresh.” Use a lot of water, some kitchen paper and a cloth napkin.
Mareike Hermann from the German DIY Academy recommends using a microfibre cloth or a damp sponge to wipe away stains.
You can use a small brush and some paint to cover up any residual stains. You don’t need to get the colour exactly the same as the wall, as the marks are usually so small that you can’t tell the difference in colour, says Hermann. If you’re lucky, the paint used will be washable.
This is Hermann’s tip for the next layer of paint. For example, emulsion paint and latex paint are moisture- and scratch-resistant. The DIY Academy says mustard, ketchup and coffee stains can also easily be removed when such paints are used on the walls.
Many wallpapers are also tough enough. “Most modern wallpapers are moisture- or even scratch-resistant,” explains the German Wallpaper Institute. They advise using a weak soapy solution and a soft cloth to remove mosquito stains. – Text & Photo by dpa