Spring Cleaning: How to Clean Walls

How to Clean Walls

Last week it was snowing; this week it’s 65 degrees — hey, it looks like spring IS in the air, after all! We’re putting on our spring-cleaning hats and getting a head start so that when it comes time to really enjoy the warm weather outside, we won’t be stuck inside tackling our spring cleaning to-do list.

We’re inspired by the subject of how to clean walls with paint on them because it’s the first thing you always need to do when embarking on a home painting project. Over time, your walls naturally build up all sorts of grime — from dust to marks.

Disclaimer: Know your paint before you wash your walls! Not all paint is washable. Glossy paint is usually fine to wash without ruining your wall paint. Old paint, whitewashed walls and matte paint may NOT survive a washing, so be very careful. Here’s an easy guide to reference to determine if your paint type is washable: How to Choose an Interior Paint Finish.

Let’s get started on that wall clean up, shall we?

First step: dust bust  Remove all artwork and furniture from the walls. Next, pull out that Swiffer (the dry kind), broom with soft bristles or dust brush and remove all dust and debris from your walls. Try to go in even lines from top to bottom and left to right, and make sure to get the corners, which is where spiders love to set up shop.

Second step: sponge it  There might be areas that your Swiffer couldn’t take care of, like buildup around the electrical outlets and light switches. Use a dry sponge to start, and move up to a wet sponge for stains and sticky areas from that day when your kid threw a peanut butter sammie at the wall and it never totally got cleaned up! If your walls are not washable, here’s where your spring wall cleaning stops.

Third step: we’re in it to win it now! What you’ll need:

  • A plastic sheet
  • Two buckets (one with fresh water; the other with warm, soapy water)
  • Two sponges (one for fresh water; the other for the soapy water)
  • Long rubber gloves or toweling wrist bands

Cover up furniture that would be affected from a splash of water and cleaning fluid with a plastic sheet. Then, start at the baseboards and use your sponge to travel up the walls. Once you’ve washed them with the cleaning solution, go over them with clean-water sponge to rinse off any solution.

Last step: dry off  Ah, sweet success. You don’t have to do anything else — just allow your walls to dry naturally. Now you’re ready for your home painting project. Ready for some professional help? We’d be happy to assist, and often have availability to jump on your painting project within a week from your call, so call us now!

What’s your top spring cleaning tip? Castle Painting blog readers want to know, so share it with us right here in the comments section. 

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