When it comes to walls, even the one’s who love cleaning and are great at it, find it tricky. No surface is safe from dust particles. Dust will settle everywhere, even on vertical walls, and the dust will settle even more on textured walls. The ideal way to start cleaning your walls is to start by dusting them. You should remove as much dust as possible before you apply any water-based product onto the surface. If there’s dust on the wall, it will create a muddy mixture, and it will become even harder to clean.
How to clean walls?
You can use handy tools such as an ordinary broom, perhaps if that is easily available to you, or you can use a lambswool duster with has an extendable handle so you can cover the entire wall. You can cover your broom with a clean microfibre cloth and dust the wall with that too. Work your way from top to bottom. Every time you are cleaning, the order you should follow is always from top to bottom. For instance, from top shelves to bottom shelves. The same goes for walls as well. Dust your walls from top to bottom, focussing on the corners, especially where you find spiderwebs and more dust accumulation.
Cleaning walls should never be an afterthought. Professionals have come up with various ways of getting rid of stains, marks, and other build-ups without damaging the wall’s finish and without damaging the wallpaper.
Cleaning walls is tricky because what products you use will depend highly on the kind of paint, finish, texture your wall has, wallpaper, and what treatment your wall can resist and hold up to. As complicated as this may sound, it isn’t that difficult to find the right supplies for the job. The right household items and time can do the job of cleaning the wall very well. Follow the steps ahead to clean your walls. This method is gentle enough to clean any wall or wallpaper without damaging it.
Gather your supplies
Here’s good news for you: cleaning your walls will not require any special supplies or a special kind of cleaner. And chances are you will find the required things already present in your house. Here’s the list for everything you need to clean your walls:
- Tack clothes
- Dish soap or liquid hand wash
- Two buckets
- Rags or soft cloths
- Vacuum with a dust brush
- Stain remover
- Baking soda
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Foam brush
You should avoid any ammonia-based product and anything abrasive. These can be damaging. These materials listed above are enough to get your walls clean and are mild enough to cause no damage to your wall. If you have these things, you can get your job done.
1. Protect your floor
The next step is to protect your floors from any drips. You can do that by laying towels or rags along the base of your walls so they can collect or catch any drip.
2. Dust the walls
You can use a broom, lambswool duster, or a vacuum with a dust brush attachment to dust the walls. Alternatively, you can also take a dry mop, wrap it with a clean rag to dust the walls. By wrapping up the mop, you don’t have to worry about scratches. Follow it up by taking a tack cloth and wiping the wall. You can also use a foam brush to wipe off the dust from molding and baseboards.
As mentioned before, dust the walls from top to bottom.
3. Soap and water solution
After the walls are free of dust, it is now ready for any water-based solutions to clean it. Fill one of the buckets with warm water. Add dish soap or liquid soap to water in the other bucket. Soak a clean cloth in the soap and water solution.
4. Do a patch test
Do a patch test on an inconspicuous area. Maybe try the soap and water solution on the part of the wall behind the furniture to confirm that the solution is okay for the walls. Matte paint and wallpapers can be more sensitive, hence you must do a patch test.
5. Gently wash
Once you know that the solution is okay to use, it is time to wash the entire wall. Work on the surface in small circular motions gently. Use as little water as possible. Too much moisture can cause bubbling and leave watermarks. Don’t put too much pressure during the circular motions.
6. Tackle tough stains
Soap and water solution will work on the wall and handle normal dirt. If you come across stubborn and tough stains, you should then use baking soda. Baking soda fights stains naturally. Form a paste using a half cup of baking soda and a quarter cup of water. Rub the paste gently on the stain, and the stain will lift gradually.
Alternatively, you can also use hydrogen peroxide. It will work very on red wine stains. Take the cleaning cloth that you soaked in the soap solution and dab a small amount of hydrogen peroxide on it. Place this cloth on the red wine stain and let it sit for 5 minutes.
If you are tackling kitchen walls, you will come across some tough grease stain. This step involves an iron, which is an unexpected technique. Set the iron on low heat. Place a paper towel on the grease, put the iron on the paper towel, and press gently. The paper towel, as it gets hot, absorbs the grease.
These methods will work well on normal painted walls but read instructions given by the manufacturer to know better about the cleaning method in the case of wallpaper.
• Rinse the walls
Take a new clean piece of cloth and soak it in clean water. Wring it well and wipe the wall clean.
• Dry the walls
For this stage, you can open your windows and allow ventilation to help the walls dry faster. With this, wipe the wall with a dry clean cloth.
How to maintain clean walls
If you think about it, it is easier to keep the walls clean every day instead of dedicating a day or two and put a lot of effort into covering it all at once. You can dust the walls every other day, especially the areas that tend to catch more dirt. Keep the doorknobs and switches in check. Focus on the problem sites and keeping the wall clean regularly will save your time and efforts in the future.