Washing walls is an easy task to accomplish but a time consuming one. It’s important to know your wall coverings when choosing a cleaning product. Once you’re ready, follow these steps.
You Will Need:
- Soft dry cloths
- Vacuum with brush attachment
- All purpose cleaner
- 2 Buckets
- Sponge mop (optional)
Steps to Wash the Walls:
- Before washing the walls, you will need to remove any loose dirt and dust. Cleaning without removing these will result in creating and spreading mud. This will create a larger mess than you started with.
- There are several ways to remove the dry dust and dirt.
- Use a vacuum with a brush attachment to vacuum the surface and remove the loose dirt.
- Use a clean, soft cloth to wipe the surface of the walls. This can be done by hand or by wrapping a dry mop head or broom head with a soft cloth and brushing it over the surface.
- Once all of the dry dirt is removed, you are ready to wash the walls.
- Choose a cleaning product safe for your wall coverings. Most painted walls are safe to clean with an all purpose cleaner or a mix of 1 cup ammonia, ½ cup vinegar, ¼ cup baking soda and 1 gallon of warm water.
- If you are unsure, start with plain water or just a small amount of cleaner. Test a hidden area to ensure there is no damage to the wall surface.
- Moisten a sponge, cloth or sponge mop with water and the desired cleaner. Start at the bottom and work in vertical sections to the top, wiping the surface of the wall until all of the dirt is removed. Overlap the cleaning areas to prevent streaks.
- Rinse with clean water from the second bucket.
- Move to the next section and repeat the cleaning and rinsing. Work your way around the room.
- If desired, dry the surface with clean, soft cloth or allow them to air dry. Ensure there no drips or it will leave a mark.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Walls do not need to be washed often if they are dusted and dry-wiped periodically. Save the washing for major cleanings to prevent damage or premature wear to your wall coverings.
- Dusters that collect the dust, such as Swiffer Dusters, make great cleaners. Just wipe the cloth along the surface of the wall to remove dust and loose dirt.
- Know your paint wall coverings before cleaning. While oil-based paints are safe to wash, water-based paints should only be cleaned if they have had ample time to cure. If the paint is fresh, it will be washed away during the cleaning process. Wall paper and other wall coverings should only be washed if they are waterproof.
- If textured walls are tearing your sponge, use an old sock or soft cloth clean the surface.