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How to Clean Painted Walls

Wondering how you can clean your walls? Here is a comprehensive guide:

Prepare to Clean

Before getting cleaning solutions and sponges to clean your walls, it is important to prepare your home for the cleaning process. First of all, you should dust the walls to remove any surface-level dirt. To do this, you will simply need a dusting cloth, a vacuum cleaner with a dust brush attachment, or a rag over a clean mop head. It is important that you get into corners and around the molding. For this, you can use a foam craft brush. Additionally, you should protect your floors from all the surface dirt. Therefore, you should use a drop cloth or tarp to protect your floors from dirt or water droplets. 

Choose a Cleaning Solution

Now that you’ve removed surface-level dirt, and prepped your floors, it is time to choose a cleaning solution. Your choice of cleaning solution will depend on the type of paint on your walls. When it comes to matte, flat, eggshell, or stain finishes, you need to use a mild cleaner. This can be a small amount of dye-free hand soap or dishwashing detergent dissolved in warm water. Glossy and semi-glossy finishes are a bit more durable, meaning you can use cleaners with degreasing agents. For these finishes, you can use most non-abrasive multipurpose cleaners or make your own by mixing liquid dish soap and white vinegar into the water. Lastly, oil-based paints are the most durable. These can use the above-mentioned cleaning homemade cleaning solution.

Spot Treat Stains & Wash Gently

When cleaning your walls, you should do it with a non-abrasive sponge. It is important to have two buckets and two sponges, one for the cleaning solution and one with just water. Additionally, you should be gentle when cleaning your walls since too much water can create bubbling and watermarks. You should start at the top of the wall and work in small sections, rinsing after you are done with each section. When scrubbing, you should do so in a gentle manner and with circular motions. 

If you see that your walls have stains on them that your cleaning solution couldn’t remove, you can spot-treat them. Simply make a paste out of baking soda and water and apply it to the stain. After a few minutes, you can wipe it off, and it should be gone. 

Dry the Walls

You should not be using a soaked sponge since that can damage your walls. Therefore, once you are done cleaning, you can simply hand-dry your wall with a towel. You can also open your windows to allow your walls to air dry. 

If the exterior or interior of your home needs a fresh coat of paint, Century Painting & More can help you. We can help you with the entire process of painting your home from start to finish. Additionally, we offer 60 days of free touch-ups after the project is done. We also give you a 5-year warranty to continue to have peace of mind. Contact us for a quote today.