How can I just fill nail holes?

6 renovation tips for moving

Are you about to move? Then you should check again before handing over whether the condition of the apartment is in order. Because often there are still minor defects such as drill holes in the wall or minor dirt on the walls, which you can easily repair yourself. Here's how to do it.

1. Fill holes in the wall

Are there still holes in the wall from pictures or wall shelves? No problem. Simply vacuum the hole and moisten it slightly. Carefully press the viscous filler into the hole until the opening can no longer be seen, then smooth it out.

A practical alternative: repair spatula from the tube - ready to use or to mix. Before use, remove loose dirt with a cloth or knife. Then generously pour the filler directly from the tube into the hole and work it with a spatula so that the hole is filled and the surface is smooth. Then let it dry according to the manufacturer's instructions.

By the way: If you don't have any filler at hand, toothpaste, white chalk, modeling clay or a mixture of flour and water can help against old drill holes or nail holes in the wall.

2. Remove the dowels

If you pull the dowel out of the wall, the hole usually becomes larger. But if you can't avoid it, because a new hole is to be drilled in the immediate vicinity and the old one has to be filled with plaster: just grab the corkscrew, screw it into the dowel and pull it out of the wall.

Alternatively, you can just screw in a screw lightly and then pull out the dowel. This way, the risk of breaking out is lowest.

Here you will find more tips on how to repair drill holes that are too large so that the dowel fits again.

3. Cover light soiling

If an eraser sponge doesn't help, Alpina has a handy tube of paint with a sponge attachment for white walls - just like with shoe polish. If you still have opaque white from the paint box at home, you can also use this.

4. Refresh the joints

The best way to remove dark stains from tile joints is with a mixture of baking soda and water. Apply the mass with an old toothbrush, leave it on for about an hour, then scrub and rinse off thoroughly. No baking soda? Then a mixture of 100 milliliters of water and 300 milliliters of soda will help.

If none of this helps, there is grout paint that inhibits and covers up mold stains. Tip: Check the manufacturer's information - because some products are only suitable for cement-bound mortar joints and glazed, non-absorbent tiles. If that is not enough, you can simply replace the silicone joint and use the joint shark to scrape the sealant out of the joints.

In stubborn cases, apply silicone remover and remove the softened silicone residue. Then clean the joint with a sponge or rag and apply new silicone with a cartridge gun - evenly and without settling.

5. Repair cracks in the wood

A 1: 1 mixture of lemon juice and olive oil, rubbed in with a soft cloth in the direction of the scratch, helps against small scratches or cracks in light-colored wood. Warning: it is better to use a cotton cloth instead of microfiber, as the latter can damage the wood surface.

You can hide small scratches in dark wood by rubbing in coffee grounds. Dents in unsealed floors can be drizzled with a little water, covered with a kitchen towel and ironed over. Repeat this until the wood has swollen enough that the damage is no longer visible.

If smaller cracks or holes are visible, only filler in wood tones or paintable white will help. To do this, slightly roughen the surface with sandpaper and remove loose dirt. Then mix the mass or apply it ready-to-use with a small spatula. Peel off smoothly and allow to dry according to the manufacturer's instructions. If necessary, sand down any unevenness. Then oil or glaze.

6. Repair the wallpaper

Once infected with the cupboard, there is a small crack in the wallpaper. Of course, you can cut out the area after slightly moistening it with a craft knife and replace it with an intact piece of woodchip. However, the result is never satisfactory because you can always see the operation. There is a ready-to-use filler for this purpose: it dries white and contains wood chips, so that the typical woodchip look can be restored without interruption.

Seam and repair glue helps with loose wallpaper seams. To do this, carefully lift the edges of the wallpaper, distribute the adhesive evenly on the substrate and press the wallpaper on. Dab excess paste with a clean, damp cloth. After about ten minutes everything is dry and sticky.

Here's how to remove wallpaper simply and thoroughly yourself.

Practical DIY life hacks:

  • Against drilling dust: Glue the opened coffee filter under the drill hole with painter's tape. Folded Post-It notes can also help as an alternative.
  • Nail aid: To avoid blue thumbs, simply use a clothespin to help.
  • Drilling tiles: Mask the tile at the marked point with parcel tape so the drill does not slip away. It is essential to drill without a hammer mechanism!
  • DIY deep stop: In order not to drill too deep, simply cover the desired drilling depth on the drill with adhesive tape.

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