How to Clean Painted Walls

Keeping Your Walls Looking Fresh

If you live in a non-smoking home, free of children and pets, your walls may be in pretty good shape, merely in need of an occasional dusting.

However, for the rest of us with children or pets, or both, a little more time may need to be devoted to cleaning those walls. Whether it is fingerprints, dirt, dust, smoke or works of art created by the tiny people who live in your home, the reasons for dirty walls are endless. Luckily, there is a fix for those filthy walls.

Supplies:
To wash a painted wall, you will need the following cleaning supplies:

  • Duster
  • 2 Buckets
  • 4 Clean Cloths
  • 2 Dry Towels
  • All Purpose Cleaner that is safe for walls
  • Magic Eraser for crayon marks
  • or WD-40

Setting Up:
Use one of the buckets for your cleaning solution of choice and fill the second with clean water for rinsing the walls. Use one cloth for the cleaning solution and another for the rinsing water. Place a dry towel on the floor against the baseboard to keep the floors from getting too wet.

Dust Dust Dust:
Before you do anything else, you need to dust the walls. Dust mixed with water on the walls will turn into dirty streaks, making your job even harder. Start where the walls meet the ceiling and use your duster of choice working your way down the wall. When you are finished, clean up any dust that has fallen before the floor gets wet, creating more clean-up for you.

Cleaning:
Once you have dusted thoroughly from the top down, start cleaning with your solution from the bottom, working your way up the wall. Washing from the bottom to the top helps to eliminate streaking. Do not try to clean the entire wall at once. Work in vertical sections about ¼ or 1/3 up the wall, overlapping areas to avoid streaks.

Wipe in circular motions, using clean water to rinse each section you’ve just washed.

Use your towel to dry that section of wall and move on to the next section, following the same steps.

When you get to the top, wipe away any wet streaks with your towel.

A damp cloth with clean water can get rid of dry streaks.

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