Keep Fingerprints Off Walls

by Amy Gordon
(last updated November 10, 2014)

For the most part, fingerprints do not get on the wall. Most places in your house are not in constant contact with hands, but in the few places where this happens, ugly smudges are usually covering the area. When feeling around for something along the wall, people will often leave fingerprints. The most common places for this to happen are the areas around light switches and electrical outlets.

To keep these areas from getting dirty, fasten rectangles of clear acetate on the wall around the faceplates of your light switches and commonly used electrical outlets. This allows people to come in contact with the acetate rather than with the paint on the wall. The acetate has less of a tendency to absorb the oil from your fingers, so it will stay cleaner longer, and will also be easier to clean up when it does become smudged.

Make sure that when you are purchasing and applying the acetate it is several inches taller and wider than the faceplate. Carefully measure your light switch or outlet faceplate and cut a hole of that size in the center of your acetate rectangle. If you use dry-erase markers to draw out your measurements on the plastic, the marks should come off easily with a paper towel when you are done.

The easiest and least intrusive way to attach acetate plates to your wall is to use 3M adhesive strips. They are the kind with a non-adhesive tab that you can pull down to release the acetate rectangle from your wall. The adhesive strips are white and will blend in with your wall, but the tabs will need to stick out from behind the acetate. This option will not damage your paint and leaves you the option of removing the acetate plates later.

Another way to attach the acetate to your wall is to use screws. This option is more permanent, but depending on your decorative preference, it may make your home look more institutional than welcoming.

If you do not want to measure out the sizes or anything of the sort, you can actually buy special plates from a hardware store that have the same effect. It will cut down on the amount of work by a little bit, and also come in the right sizes.

Author Bio

Amy Gordon

Amy Gordon loves keeping things simple, natural, and safe so she can spend more time having fun. Every day she learns new things about making life at home easier and she loves to share it with you! ...

MORE FROM AMY

Use a Cotton Ball and Perfume to Freshen Your Home

Store-bought air fresheners can be expensive. An inexpensive alternative with cheap refills is to use cotton balls in ...

Discover More

Removing Stains from Tile

Most stains on tile come in the form of hard water, mildew, or rust. Rust must be removed with a commercial rust remover, ...

Discover More

Don't Over Water Your Plants

Water is important for all plants, but your plants don't always need you to provide them with that water. While your ...

Discover More

Tough Tools for Tough Cleaning Jobs O-Cel-O sponges and Scotch Brite scrubbers are truly a fashion-meets-function success story. The highly absorbent and durable sponges in this handy six-pack make quick work of tough cleaning problems in any kitchen, bathroom, or garage. Check out Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scrub Sponges today!

More Cleaning Tips

Dust Your Wallpaper Regularly

Wallpaper, like any other home decor, needs to be dusted and cleaned on a regular basis to make a house look bright and ...

Discover More

Cleaning Smashed Bugs from Walls

Removing those nasty smashed bugs stains from walls may seem a bit challenging. Here are a few simple methods that you ...

Discover More

Removing Glow-in-the-dark Stars

Like many things in a child's room, glow-in-the-dark stars are fun to play with, more fun to use, and absolutely no fun ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 7 + 2?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.