How to Clean Painted Walls

Though we tend to forget about them, walls need to be cleaned regularly, just like any other part of your home. The good news is that cleaning and maintaining them is relatively simple. The bad news is that most people forget to include their walls in the check-list when it’s time for a deep clean, which can lead to damage in the long-term.

Not to worry, though. We’ve compiled a beginner’s guide to wall cleaning to help you ensure your whole home gets the TLC it deserves.

Let’s start with the materials you’ll need. We recommend:
-A soft sponge and cloth
-A microfiber cloth
-A drop cloth
-A magic eraser
-Dish soap
-White vinegar
-Baking soda
-Warm water

Just like a DIY painting project, it’s best to start by putting a drop cloth down to catch any excess moisture under the area you’ll be cleaning.

If your walls have a flat finish, you’ll take a slightly different approach than you would if you were working with glossier paints. First, you’ll want to gently rub the wall with a soft, damp sponge. If water alone doesn’t take care of your stain, add some of the white vinegar to your sponge and continue to work on the affected area. If that’s still not working, you can add some dish soap to create a homemade all-purpose cleaning solution.

If you have semi-gloss paint throughout your home, you’re in luck – it’s practically designed for washing. You can immediately add dish soap and white to your warm water and get to work – start from the bottom and go upwards, using circular scrubbing motions to get an even clean.

Finally, let’s talk high gloss paint. It’s attractive, easy to maintain, and gives your home a more “luxe” feel. The one thing to keep in mind with high gloss paints is that more abrasive materials and rough treatment will take more of a toll on the shiny effect that these paints offer.

And of course, there’s always that one stain that just won’t come out. That’s where products like a magic eraser or store-bought wall cleaner can come in handy. If a deep clean won’t cut it, consider hiring Ireland’s Finest Painters to repaint and refresh your space!

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