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How to Clean Painted Walls

When it comes to the presentation of your home or business, we often times base our judgements from the finish details such as the flooring, appliances, countertops, and of course the paint! While the other finish details’ cleaning methods are more obvious, it is also important to understand how to keep your walls clean, therefore preserving your paint job and getting the most value out of it.

Methods for Cleaning Painted Walls

Dusting- Dusting is the most least aggressive method for cleaning your walls. This process involves using a vacuum cleaner and attaching the dusting brush. You think simply delicately run the attachment over any trim or wall areas that have cob webs, light dust or dirt. A soft, dry cloth should lightly be ran in the areas that were treated to ensure all was cleaned.

Sponge Cleaning- This method is also simple yet a little more effective. Make a soapy-water mix in a bucket and then submerge your sponge. After fully soaking your sponge you will want to ring most of the water back into the bucket, as too much water will damage the paint. You will then go over the problem areas in a light, circular motion and then wipe the area with damp cloth.

Spot Cleaning- For scuff marks or stains you may find you need a more aggressive approach to cleaning the area. In this case you will need to make a baking soda and water paste. In the problem area, gently rub the solution in and then rinse with a damp sponge and soft cloth. 

If you accidentially do damage the finish paint on your wall, you can try touching it up with the original paint. If the paint has been sitting for a couple months or longer, you will want to make sure you stir the paint until it looks consistent again. Then pour a small amount of paint in another bucket or tray and add a small amount of water, approximately 1 unit water to 10 units of paint. Then apply the paint in the area using the same technique as it was previously applied. If it dries and flashes or looks bad, you will have to paint the area square, corner to corner.


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