First off, I have to ask: Does anyone wash walls anymore?
Your walls should be kept in good conditions. My advice is to pick a day that it is really really warm
outside to wash your walls it will help to dry them. It may take a bit of effort the first time if they’re dusty
and covered in grime and mould. Once you make cleaning walls part of your regular cleaning routine, it’ll
take just minutes. Right away, though, you’ll notice less dust in your house which means it stays clean
If by chance that you know anything about me, you know that I try to make things as
simply as possible, but I still want the same results as if I did it the hard way.
My mother always said that we should start with cleaning the ceiling then we should move to cleaning the
walls. Dust will fall from the ceiling and will land on the walls. My advice is to pull all furniture to the
centre of the room and remove all artwork. Cover the furniture to protect them from getting damaged.
Also place cloths or sheets on the floor to protect your carpet or wooden flooring.
Rather than climbing up and down a ladder repeatedly, use a long-handled duster with a microfiber
attachment to remove dust. The very first step of cleaning walls is to dust them. If you use a broom or
brush that has strong bristles, tie an old t-shirt or other cleaning rag over it to prevent the sharpness of the
bristles from scratching against the wall. Rinse out the shirt or rag or grab a new one when it gets too
dirty, since you don’t want to spread the dirt from one wall to the next!
You’ll be surprised how much brighter the whole house will look after a thorough wall-cleaning session.
Once the dust has been removed its time to start cleaning the walls.
For Painted walls you will need the following:
For Painted walls you will need the following:
Broom and Two buckets
2. 2 gallons of warm water
3. 2 tablespoons liquid dish detergent
4. A sponge
5. Clean white cloths
6. Clean white towels
Remove all marks and stains first. Test an area with soapy water and cleaning product like cif.
When washing the walls always start at the top of the wall with warm soapy water. Then move down but remember to dry as you go as you don’t want to get streaks or drip marks. Be sure to change out any dirty water in your bucket so you aren’t making the walls dirtier! If your walls need something a little stronger, try mixing a cup of distilled white vinegar in one bucket of warm water. Vinegar won't leave any residue, so don’t worry about rinsing. Wipe away fingerprints and other marks soon after they appear. Avoid using an excessive amount of water when cleaning painted walls. Make sure to wring out the sponge otherwise it will cause streaks and no one wants streaks. Never use a scrubby sponges or rough material. A soft circular sponge is the best to use. Don’t rub hard or you may damage the surface.
The first thing you should consider when washing painted walls is the finish. Whether a wall is glossy or flat will determine how scrubbing will affect the look of the wall.
Flat, Satin, and Eggshell Finishes: Duller paint finishes are less durable when it comes to cleaning. Do not use harsh chemicals or degreasers when cleaning flat paint walls and be mindful when washing with a sponge to not scrub too hard. The sponge should be wrung out almost completely before putting it to the walls.
Glossy or Semigloss Finishes: These paints are highly durable, so they’re most commonly used in high-traffic areas like the kitchen and bathroom. It is OK to use a mild degreaser on glossy kitchen backsplashes or vanity doors. Although glossy and semigloss paint is durable, it will still scratch, so always use a soft sponge when cleaning walls.
For stubborn spots, such as fingerprints, newspaper smudges, or scuffs, make a paste of baking soda and water and rub the area with a nonabrasive pad. If cleaner (or white vinegar and water) doesn't remove the grime or stain on painted woodwork, wipe the woodwork with a rag dampened with rubbing alcohol.
For heavy-duty painted wall stains, you might need more than a little water to remedy the situation. This all-purpose detergent can be used for oil-based painted walls. Adjust the recipe as needed for the size of your wall or stain.
Stir 1 teaspoon of liquid dish detergent into a quart of warm water.Add 1/4 teaspoon of white vinegar.Let the solution sit on the stain for 10 minutes before blotting.
Sometimes it is a surprise if you have small children who want to become upcoming artist and scribble on your walls. Don’t lose your cool.
This is how to remove pens, markers and crayons from walls:
They can be removed by sponge eraser and water and a bit of elbow grease. If that doesn’t work my second option for you is to just grab a damp rag, dip it in some baking soda, and lightly scrub the marks. They should come off with a minimal amount of effort.
I also keep a small container of extra paint to do quick touch ups with a small roller when necessary. It will look much better.
Take care not to wet areas around outlets, light switches, telephone jacks, and other electrical connections. When scrubbing those spots becomes necessary, turn off electricity at the circuit breaker box.
If possible open up the windows and doors in all the rooms in your house to help let the air flow through the rooms. Not only will it smell great but it will also help dry the walls faster. If you have fans turn them on and leave them in the rooms. Give your wall plenty of time to air dry. Avoid drying your wall with towels, as this is more likely to leave streaks.
Once you have the walls cleaned and dried remember to put the furniture and artwork back. Sit down and enjoy the brightness from your freshly cleaned walls.