Cleaning Painted Walls
Cleaning Painted Walls. Sticky finger marks are probably not the look you were looking for when you first decorated your house. Agonising over paint charts, isn’t always easy especially if you are keen to co-ordinate the fabrics and finishing touches, as well as the furnishing. However, when you do get stains or marks they are usually reasonably straightforward to remove, providing you act reasonably quickly and methodically.
If you haven’t taken a good look at your walls lately, you’ll be surprised at what you find when you do. A close examination will reveal quite a bit more dirt and dust than you may have seen behind those more obvious crayon drawings and sticky hand-prints. Whether you want to brighten up a room or get rid of stubborn wall stains, this is what you need to know to get cleaning painted walls looking like new again.
- Begin by lining the floor with plastic where you’ll be working to prevent damage from excess water or cleaning spills.
- Use your vacuum cleaners brush attachment to remove loose dirt and cobwebs. Do not push the brush onto the wall surface, as loose dirt may smudge and leave marks. Allow the vacuum’s suction to lift any loose dirt away from the wall.
- Start at the top of the wall. You’ll want to clean from side to side and from the top to bottom in sections as you work around the room.
- Fill the bucket half to two thirds full of warm water.
- Add just enough detergent to create a few bubbles when the water is agitated. Adding too much soap will cause the walls to become sticky and attract more dirt. Sugar soap can be another useful option, depending on the constituents of the dirt. Eg. the more greasy the better sugar soap tends to be.
- Dip the sponge in the water and squeeze out any excess water, to minimise spillage.
- Wipe the wall down as explained in step three, stopping to wet and rinse the sponge frequently, to clean away any dirt build up.
- Use the dry towel to wipe up excess moisture as you work.
Wipe small spots on the paint with a damp cloth as soon as you discover them.
Larger areas of wall can be washed down, but make sure you vacuum the wall first to remove dust that will mix with the water and smear all over the wall otherwise. Use a weak solution of washing-up liquid and warm water and a well-wrung sponge or cloth. Dry off with paper towels as you go to speed up the drying process.
Heavier staining can be tackled with a solution of washing soda crystals or sugar soap, but test in an inconspicuous area first.
If all else fails, you can always paint over the offending mark, with a good quality emulsion or gloss paint. The key whenever you are carrying out cleaning tasks such as this, is to start in an inconspicuous area first, to see if there is any reaction before progressing onto more visible or prominent areas.