How to Clean Your Walls

Even though it is the case that your walls are vertical, and obviously will not see foot traffic, your walls will get dirty too. When your walls get dirty you do not have to repaint them but a good cleaning every once in a while can keep your walls looking clean and fresh.

Typically kitchen and bathroom walls are painted with oil based paint which makes wiping dirt off very easy. But typically walls indoors that are not in the kitchen of bathroom will be painted with water based pain which can make cleaning a little different and not as easy. Here is a step by step method on how to clean walls in your home that have been painted with water based paint.

1. Protect your Floors – In order for your floors to be protected when you clean your walls you should place either newspaper or towels over the floor before you start the cleaning process.

2. Clear dust and cobwebs – Before you start to clean get rid of all the dust and cobwebs you can. Dust will predominately accumulate in the corners and cobwebs will be on the corners on the ceiling. Use a soft bristle brush to get rid of the dust and for the cobwebs, if you cannot reach with the brush, get rid of them with a broom.

3. Remove dirt with a sponge – You can use a rubber sponge in order to get rid of a lot of dirt. Rub the dry sponge along the wall and you can remove a lot of loose dirt.

4. Fill a bucket with water – get a bucket and fill it ? full with warm water. Do not fill it to the top or it could spill over. Do not use hot water or cold water as it will not clean as well, as warm water is perfect.

5. Add dish soap – Now add a little bit of dish soap to the bucket of warm water. Just a little bit will do as you do not want the walls to have a soapy residue. Generally you should use enough dish soap that you would use for cleaning one sink full of dishes. The dish soap should also be odorless or you may have the smell of the dish soap in the area where you clean the walls.

Get another bucket or container – You will need another bucket or container in order to wring out the water after you go over the walls collecting the dirt.

7. Get the cleaning sponge damp – Take the cleaning sponge and dip it in the warm water getting the flat surface of the sponge damp. Do not soak it as it may cause water stains on the walls.

8. Wipe the walls down – Spread the sponge over the walls with the warm water and cleaning solution working from the top of the walls to the bottom. If you need to use a ladder you should do so in order to get to the high spaces on the walls. When the sponge becomes too dirty and not damp enough be sure to wring it out as you do not want to spread the dirt over the walls.

9. Wipe down the entire walls – Make sure you wipe down the entire wall, as by missing a spot you will be able to see the dirt you left behind. Once you have finished wiping down the entire wall wring out the sponge in the extra bucket or container.

10. Dry the wall – The last thing you should do is to dry the wall by wiping it all down with a terry cloth towel. By using a terry cloth towel it will be gentler and not leave parts of the towel on the wall.

Author: Jason Green