Dingy Walls? Tips on How to Wash Painted Walls Safely
The deep cleaning chore of washing your walls is a great task to tackle in the late spring, when you can crack open a window to assist in the drying process. Before grabbing your favorite cleaner and scrubby sponge, consider these tips from professional commercial painters.
Ditch the Dust
Mud is much harder to remove than dust, so make sure to clear away any loose dirt from the walls before adding moisture. Wipe walls and woodwork from top to bottom using a lambswool duster, electrostatic dusting wipe, or vacuum (bristle brush attachment).
Ready to Clean
Dip a cellulose sponge into warm water and wring out completely. Start at the top, and work your way down with a gentle circular motion. If your walls still appear dingy, add a few drops of mild dish detergent to a gallon of warm water. Follow up application of the soapy solution with clean, warm water (apply with fresh sponge).
Test it Out
It is crucial that you spot-test any cleaning method in a small, inconspicuous corner before wide application. Semi-gloss enamels usually respond well to cleaning, but flat, satin, and eggshell latex paints can fade and rub off.
Selecting a paint product that suits the demands of your interior space may be one of the most effective ways to keeping your walls looking their best. A mudroom, busy waiting room, or workshop may require a very different product from a less trafficked boardroom or dining room. Consult an experienced painting contractor to learn about the best products for your space.