Daily living brings unwanted deposits, smudges and unwanted stains on our walls caused by the elements — and playing kids.
Whether painted, wallpapered or just plain uncoated, walls need to be well maintained and free from dirt and impurities caused by dust and humidity brought by changing seasons. While every effort is being done to ensure a clean wall, invisible particles or change in temperature could alter its look and tarnish the look of your walls at home.
Cleaning walls is a big task so one needs a good preparation to get this done.
Prepare the affected areas
Moving furniture and electrical gadgets away from affected area and covering them with old sheets or canvas drop cloth that absorb water. Avoid plastic or tarps that do not absorb water and tends to get slippery when wet.
Assemble cleaning materials
Typical cleaning accessories include wool duster, cleaning cloth, natural sponge and two buckets — one filled with cleaning solution and another with rinsing water. To protect yourself from chemical reaction to cleaning agents, wear rubber gloves to protect your hands. To reach high ceiling and elevated areas, a step ladder or stool are safe accessories to use than using your chair or some unstable structure.
Get to cleaning
- Mix 1/4 cup of water and 2 tablespoons of baking soda on a small container to make a paste.
- Use a clean, properly wrung wet cloth and dab it into the baking soda mixture and rub it onto the stained area in a circular motion.
- Wash the walls from the bottom all the way up.
- Food stains can be removed by moistening them and leaving them for a few minutes before wiping them off with a sponge.
- Rinse the wall with another well-wrung rag or sponge.
- Wipe the wall with cloth wrung in clear water. Dry it off with a clean towel
Important notes on cleaning walls
- Be cautious when rubbing. Too much rubbing may remove the paint or discolor the wall.
- Test all cleaning solutions to ensure they don’t damage wall surface.