One of the consequences of letting a dog inside your home is that your walls may easily get dirty. Dogs can jump when they’re excited or when they are locked inside but wish to get out. In our case, the wall area around our front door was pretty dirty, as she’d jump when we’d come back or when left alone. Below you can see a couple of pictures of how dirty the wall was.
Fortunately, there is a very easy way to clean the wall and get it look it almost as new. Melamine foams are product that can be used to clean difficult stains. Apparently, it works similarly to an extremely fine sandpaper, according to Wikipedia.
To clean our wall, I used the Don Limpio Borrador Mágico, which is sold as Flash Magic Eraser in the UK and the US. You can find it under the equivalent brand name in other countries, such as Meister Proper in Germany. The pack, which includes two erasers, goes for about less than € 3.
Each eraser has two white sides, made of foam. In-between the two white foam sides there is a pinkish, soft material which is used to hold the eraser while the two sides wear away with use. The picture below shows the aspect of an eraser that has already been used a few times.
But how is it used? It’s really simple. You just have to soak the sponge and wring it out, and then you can just rub it on the surface that needs cleaning. You’ll notice that the sponge wears away (just like an eraser would) as you do so. In some cases parts of the sponge may stick to the surface; you can just brush them off with a rag.
The pictures below compare the state of the wall before and after the use of the magic eraser.
As you can see, it’s not perfect (there are still minor traces of dirt) but you actually have to look for the dirt traces, whereas before they were clearly visible. Plus, this can be done in 5 minutes and you avoid the hassle of repainting the walls.
Be aware, though, that it may not work as well for walls painted a different colour than white. I seem to remember trying it on a non-white wall and getting away with it, but I would be very careful because it may not work.
And just a final note: although I use for walls, it can also be used to clean other surfaces, such as shoes.