Washing Interior Painted WallsCleaning and maintaining the interior walls of our home is something we often neglect and they get too dirty over period of time. If you live in an area, that has too much of dirt in the air, your walls will get dirty more frequently. The walls can be cleaned on a regular basis without getting worried damaging the coat of paint. You just have to make sure that the paint is semi gloss. If you have a coat of white paint, then it can be cleaned on regular basis as well. If you have dark colour paint on your walls, then you need to be sure of not cleaning them repeatedly as this will leave streak marks on the surface and might end up making it look worse. Here are some tips and steps to clean the walls of your home.

Before you start to clean the walls of the house, you need the following things to complete the job.

  • Mild detergent – Make sure that you are not using any harsh detergent to clean the walls of the room. Many people use the clothes detergent to clean the walls and it ends up taking the sheen from the surface of the walls. You can get the wall cleaning solution at any hardware shop and ensure that you are taking the mild one.
  • Water – Simple tap water.
  • Buckets – Use two buckets to clean the wall. Use one to store the detergent water and fill the other one with clean water.
  • Two soft sponges.
  • 4-5 soft cloths.

Steps To Clean the Walls

Always clean a small area before starting with the entire wall. This way you can test the detergent to see if it’s leaving any marks on the surface.

  1. Start by filling up the buckets with water. Add up the detergent in one bucket and mix till it forms the foam.
  2. Dip the sponge in the detergent bucket and squeeze out the excess water completely. Make the sponge moist, not dripping. Start cleaning the wall in small sections, starting from the bottom and then gradually reaching the top. If you will start from the top, then the dirty water will drip down, making the wall dirtier and messier to clean.
  3. Wipe the entire wall with the wet sponge, and then rinse the wall using the other sponge moistened with the clean water from the other bucket.
  4. Clean up the area using the cloth and dry it up completely. Repeat the following steps on the other walls in smaller sections.
  5. Replace the clean water of the other bucket to keep it fresh for the next cleaning. If the water gets dirty in the first step, replace it with clean water.
  6. If you have decided to repaint the walls, then you can use a strong detergent for cleaning as this will help the old paint to get stripped. Always use protective gloves and eyewear while using strong detergent.

Stephen Lockyer
Stephen Lockyer
Professional painters and Decorators on the Gold Coast. Serving all your interior and exterior painting needs.

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