How To Clean Your Painted Walls

Properly Cleaning Your Painted Walls

Cleaning your painted walls is likely not a job you look forward to all the time or even have on your to-do list, but it’s a part of your home maintenance that should not be ignored. And as with all home maintenance, there is a right and wrong way to maintain your paintwork. If you put your time and energy to good use, repainting is not something you will have to worry about very often.

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Regardless of paint type, regular dusting is important. If you don’t prepare your painted walls for cleaning, you may end up doing more harm than good. Dust layers can get engrained into a layer of dirt making your walls look drab and dull. Use a duster or microfiber cloth to remove dust and other debris that can stick to the surface of walls over time. Once you’ve done this, the task of cleaning your walls will be much more effective.

Remember your floors

A common sense reminder that often goes overlooked. When doing any work on your walls, it is always a good idea to protect your floors. As with painting your walls, you’ll also want to cover your floor areas with drop-cloths or old sheets to prevent soapy or dirty water from falling directly onto the floor. Properly prepping your work space ensures quick and easy clean up.

Use a mild soap

There’s nothing special about the products or technique applied in cleaning your walls. It’s all about maintenance.

  • Mix a solution of warm soapy water with a mild soap.

  • Use a soft cloth or sponge.

  • Wring out the cloth and use a circular motion over all the areas of your walls.

  • Rinse the cloth and repeat to remove any left over soapy residue.

Drying the walls

When you’re done washing the walls, you also need to take the time to dry them properly. If you don’t dry the walls, then your efforts in washing them will be left with streak unsightly streak marks or water stains. Once water stains dry, they are nearly impossible to remove and you’ll find yourself back at square one. You can simply use a new soft cloth to work over the areas that you’ve cleaned to ensure they look great.

Spot cleaning problem areas

You may have areas of your painted walls that need extra attention. These might be scuffs, marks, goo, what have you… that did not come clean in your soapy mixture. These shouldn’t be a problem and can be addressed very easily. Simply make a water and baking soda combination in a small bowl and apply some of the mixture to the scuffed area and gently rub.

Wipe the area down with a clean sponge afterwards and you should have a clean surface. Re-apply if needed, but the if the mark is more a bruise or scratch you may have to do some touch-up work with your paint color in that area.

Knowing is half the battle

Knowing how to clean painted walls is a vital piece of home maintenance, especially if you have kids. You probably have crayon and chalk marks on the wall. Scrub them with a sponge of your mild cleaner and then rinse with clean water. Dry the wall and then rub it with a gum eraser. If you have grease on the wall, you’ll have to use commercial degreaser to clean kitchen spatters from your wall areas.

Knowing how to clean a painted wall will keep your house looking fresh and new!

Here’s a great tutorial about how to clean your painted walls by Sherwin Williams

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