How to clean the walls in your house

Are the walls clean in your house? Probably not, but that is ok. From time to time, we spill grease on the walls while cooking, our children doodle on the walls in their bedroom or our dogs leave a mud stain on the walls after walking. It is common to have some spots on our painted walls. However, these unpleasant marks make the walls grubby and dismal. That is why Sparkling and Beyond will give you some cleaning tips on how to remove different kinds of stains on your walls and a general cleaning guidance. Ready to make your walls spotless and fresh again? Let’s get started!

How frequently should the walls be cleaned?

The walls should actually be deep cleaned once or twice per year to maintain their glossy surfaces. If you plan to paint the walls, you should also deep clean the walls beforehand. Apart from these scenarios, spot cleaning is usually enough. Moreover, it should be noted that before applying any cleaning method, test it on an unapparant corner to make sure the measure is effective. Some paints on the walls are vulnerable to be cleaned and you could leave a wet mark on the walls rather than removing one.

How frequently should the walls be cleaned
How frequently should the walls be cleaned

The walls should actually be deep cleaned once or twice per year

Tools needed to deep clean the painted walls

  1. Soft sponges
  2. Dust mops
  3. Lint-free cloth
  4. Microfiber cloth
  5. Rag
  6. Broom
  7. Warm water
  8. Mild cleaning detergent
  9. Sponge mop

Make sure to use the tools that do not scrape the walls.

Tools needed to deep clean the painted walls
Tools needed to deep clean the painted walls

Dust and wash the walls

Any dust on the walls should be dusted off first. You can use lint-free cloth for reachable spots and a broom wrapped with cloth or a dust mop to clean the area you cannot get to. After this, we are ready to wash the walls. Firstly, we need to create a cleaner solution with warm water and mild detergent. Stronger detergents could damage the painted walls so make sure you are using a mild one. The portion of detergent and water varies based on different products. Therefore, check the instructions before use. Following this, dip the sponge with the detergent mix and brush the walls. The water in the sponge should not be excessive as the liquid could stream down the walls and leave some water marks. Next, wait for 10 minutes and use a wet sponge mop to wipe off the soapy solution on the walls. Finally, dry out the walls with a microfiber cloth. You can install the cloth on a flat-headed mop to reach higher areas. At this point, the deep cleaning is generally done.

Dust and wash the walls
Dust and wash the walls

Wipe off stains with vinegar 

When it comes to cleaning the tough stains, white vinegar can usually save the day. Blend a cup of white vinegar with a bucket of warm water. Then, soak the sponge with this solution and gently scrub away any stubborn stain. You do not need to rinse the spots afterward. This method can also be applied to finger marks on the walls.

Wipe off stains with vinegar
Wipe off stains with vinegar

 Soak the sponge with the solution and gently scrub away any stubborn stain

How to get the grease off the walls

Sometimes the spots contain oil, especially the ones in the kitchen. In this case, you can use mild degreasers to wipe clean these stains. Make sure to read the instructions so that you don’t leave some unwanted streak marks after using the degreasers. You can also use the method of white vinegar mentioned above to deal with the oily stains. Apart from painted walls, the cooking grease may also stay on your kitchen cabinet. Check out this article about kitchen cabinet cleaning

How to get the grease off the walls
How to get the grease off the walls

Doodles on the walls

If you have young artists at your house, they may occasionally leave their artworks on the walls. To clean these marks of pens, crayons or colored pencils, you can use a sponge eraser, which is an eraser-like object. Simply wet the eraser and rub the surface of the walls. In this way, the doodles can be easily scrubbed away.

Doodles on the walls
Doodles on the walls

Tiles walls cleaning

If your walls are covered with tiles, you can use dishwashing cleaner to polish its surface. Make a solution of dishwashing liquid and soak a cloth in the mix. Then, wipe the tiles clean with the cloth before buffing the surface dry. To clean the grout between the tiles, check this article on how to effectively clean the grout.

Tiles walls cleaning
Wipe the tiles clean with the cloth 

Fabric wall coverings

Fabric wall coverings are delicate so it would be best to follow the cleaning instructions from the manufacturing company or seek professional cleaning services. For regular maintenance, simply dust the coverings with a cloth or use a vacuum attached with a tender brush.

Fabric wall coverings
Fabric wall coverings

Conclusion

Although not in our priority list of cleaning, walls can easily get dirty by all sorts of stains from your cooking oil, childrens drawings to dirt from our shoes. Therefore, walls should also be maintained regularly. We hope these cleaning tips can be of great help to your beautiful walls. If you are interested in more cleaning methods, visit sparklingandbeyond.org for more articles or dial 415-966-1101 to book a cleaning service with us today!

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