How to clean painted walls

Are you such a lucky to have a big friendly family and army of home pets, or, at least, one baby and a small cat? Then you definitely know that spots may appear everywhere – not only in horizontal but also on vertical surfaces. More precisely, on wallpapered or painted walls. And if removing spots from the floor is rather easy, to make the same with wallpapers or panted walls is much worse. It is the case when you need to know for sure the best way to clean walls to achieve the desired results, rather than make repairs.

how to clean painted walls

How to clean painted walls: essential aspects?

You will wonder how walls cleaning may affect cleanliness and freshness of the room. In fact, it should be done regularly. By the way, cleaning companies always include this step in the list of works during the full-scale cleaning. Following their example try to find some time for cleaning the walls from dust and spots. You will need a vacuum cleaner with a flexible brush or an ordinary mop wrapped with a soft wet cloth. Evenly walk along the walls removing dirties. Pay special attention to the areas near the tables, beds, and sofas, as well as places where children play or pets rest.

How to clean painted walls to get the desired result? – The cleaning technology is quite simple:

  • The first thing to do is to cover carefully furniture, floor, and all those areas required to avoid water and detergent spraying. A plastic wrap from the hardware store or old newspapers and paper will be good enough for this purpose.
  • For cleaning procedure apply clean cloth or rags not to transport the dirt from them on the wall. Rinse out them and change the water as often as you can.
  • To avoid blotchiness, start washing the wall from its bottom, gradually moving higher.
  • As you will be washing walls with raising arms, use special wristbands not to allow soapy water to run off.
  • The best way is to prepare two buckets for washing: one – for diluted detergent, another – for clean water for final rinsing of the washed areas.

What is the result after walls cleaning is good, but there are some ingrained dirt and stains? Let’s puzzle out how to get rid of them without harming to surfaces.

Painted walls

In course of time it is possible to find on the walls spots of different nature. It could be paints and markers of children’s drawings, pet tags, as well as the results of your own careless actions. Fortunately, almost all spots can be easily removed, especially if your walls are painted. You just need to know what to clean walls with. Particularly any paint presently applied for interior decoration withstands a delicate exposure of a detergent. The only principle is to act according to technology – and everything will be ok!

  • Remove spots from the painted walls without force efforts. Act delicate not to wash off the paint layer and to prevent appearing of blotchiness.
  • First, test prepared detergent on the ground area of the wall (behind furniture or in a corner). If your actions didn’t cause fading of colors you can proceed to clean the central areas of the wall.
  • We are reminding to clean the wall of dust using a vacuum cleaner before washing with detergent. Otherwise, all the dust and dirt accumulated over months will spread along surface and cause blotchiness.
  • First, try to prepare the usual warm soapy water and wipe the dirty areas. If there is no result proceed to special means of cleaning.

If the child’s “rock art” is made on the basis of alcohol – it will be rather difficult to get rid of them. Trying to wash away the marker traces, you can easily damage the paint. Simply re-paint.

The most “popular” place for spots on the walls is the area around switches and sockets. These objects are touched by everyone, and it is no wonder that they become dirty faster than others.

Tip: An ordinary stationery eraser will help to remove the plaque next to them, as well as traces of pencil, pen or black stripes on the furniture. But your action should be mild and do not contain too much force.

In no way do not rub too hard – there is the risk to “rub” water-based paint, and then you will have to repaint everything to achieve an even coating.

Do not continue if you noticed white spots after eraser. It is easy to spoil everything and it will lead to repainting.

Due to the fact that the walls coated with water-based paint are “delicate” enough, the one should follow these precautions.

If you face a problem how to clean flat paint walls, it is even more difficult than in case of glossy paint. Some types of deeply matte (flat) paint are not intended for washing at all. The safest way how to clean walls with flat paint is with soft sponge.

In no case you shouldn’t:

  • Clean water-based coating using stiff brushes, rollers or badly twirled rags – it will cause blotchiness.
  • Use toxic detergents. The coating is easily defected and will need to be changed, while the powder itself will eat in the wall and provide long-last unpleasant smell.

Traditional methods of spots removing on the painted walls are quite diverse:

  • Soda solution: Prepare a dense soda solution and try to clean the spots with it. This mixture can deal with black marks, pencil marks or felt-tip pens, ink, and food stains.
  • Toothpaste: Put a small amount of toothpaste on the spot and let it sit for a while. Then rub the dirt easily and rinse the area with clean water.
  • Vinegar solution: You can try to dilute a small amount of vinegar in the water and wash with solution prepared the dirty area. Unlike previous methods there is no need to rinse the mixture.

After full-scale cleaning it is required to open the windows to smell the soap solutions out and to replace them by fresh air. It is better to perform such walls cleaning in summer, so you can easily air the area.

To clean dirt from the ceiling is possible, but it requires some effort, thoroughness and patience form the owners.