When’s the last time you really looked at your walls? Most likely, upon close inspection you’ll find your walls are shockingly dirty with smudges, marks, and streaks. Having clean walls brightens up a space and makes it more welcoming. Use our tips to get clean walls that make every room in your house dazzling.
The Wall Cleaning Process
- Where you start cleaning a wall can make a difference. It’s best to start at the bottom and work your way up. Dry as you go with a soft cloth to avoid streaks and drip marks.
- Always start with dusting the wall first. Use a broom, vacuum, or a dusting brush to do this. If your brush or broom has strong bristles, grab an old shirt and tie it around the bristles to stop them from damaging the wall.
- Consider using two buckets for wall cleaning, one for a cleaning solution and the other for rinsing the wall. This makes it easier to avoid using dirty water. Of course, change the rinsing water when it starts to get dirty.
Marks and Scuffs
These blemishes often appear when something has rubbed or brushed the wall. Options for cleaning these include an all-purpose cleaner or a natural cleaner like vinegar or baking soda mixed with water. You can also try (carefully) erasing the mark with a clean pencil eraser or rubbing toothpaste on the mark. Let the toothpaste sit on the mark for a couple minutes, then wipe off with a damp cloth and let dry.
Caught your child drawing on the wall again? Don’t worry! Removing crayon from painted walls is easy, and toothpaste is the hero again. Apply it to the crayon drawing and rub with a damp cloth. Dry with a clean towel and you are done!
You don’t want to ruin the paint on your walls if you have to clean them. Always be careful! A surefire way to clean painted walls without damaging them is to use a sponge soaked with warm soapy water and wipe the walls clean. Remember to start from the bottom and dry with a clean cloth as you go.
Make a solution of a mild detergent and warm water. Soak a soft sponge or rag into the soapy water and simply wash the whole wall starting from the bottom. Dry the wall behind you as you go.
Clean Washable Wallpaper
Vinyl-coated wallpaper can be washed with liquids. Vinegar is the best way to get a wall clean naturally. Soak a soft cloth with vinegar and rub the wall starting from the bottom and working your way to the top.
Clean Non-washable Wallpaper
First dust off as much dirt as you can. Then use a vacuum cleaner to vacuum the wall and get rid of any dirt, cobwebs, or other debris that have stuck to the wallpaper.
You can remove grease from your wallpaper using a slice of bread. It is very absorbent and can be used on a non-washable or washable wallpaper. Simply wipe the bread back and forth over the grease until the stain lifts.
Vinegar and water can be used to scrub mold off walls. Be careful if you spray a mold remover on your wall. Drips from the solution can permanently stain the wall surface.
Clean Walls Everywhere
Your walls are the largest most noticeable surface in your home. If they’re clean, your whole house will look better. Use these tips for luminous walls and a beautiful overall home.