The walls tend to gather all kinds of dirt, dust, and grime with time. However, cleaning them can be a daunting task, but doing it regularly is a sure way to keep your house sparkling as well as maintaining the walls in excellent condition. With some simple tips in your arsenal, you can easily clean painted, wooden, and wallpapered wall and get your home looking as good as new!
What you will need:
- Brooms and brushes
- Vacuum cleaner
- A piece of cloth
- Warm water
- Stain remover like vinegar for vinyl-coated wallpaper
- Soap or detergent
Tips for cleaning walls
- Remove pictures, decorations and pull the furniture away from the walls
- Dirt, water spills, cleaning solutions and dirty water may trickle down on photographs or other decorations on the wall causing damage to them or giving you an extra job of cleaning them after finishing the walls.
- Besides, furniture cleaning is labor-intensive, expensive, and time-consuming, therefore, ensure all furniture is pulled away from the dirty walls, or temporarily covered with paper or old fabric sheets. Doing so enables you to reach possibly neglected areas and also create sufficient workspace.
Use clear soap and detergents
Use detergents with no added coloration to clean the dirty or stained walls. The color of soap or detergent or dye sponges tends to react and stain the Wallpapers. The stain may be permanent or may require other procedures to clean which may damage the paper due to excessive abrasion and too many chemicals applied to the surface. However, this is not a challenge during cleaning of oil-painted walls.
General Dusting is sufficient for walls
Dusting may be done using a vacuum cleaner, dust extensions, dusting brushes or a piece of fabric. Cover a broom with a micro cleaning fiber cloth or an old piece of material if the bristles are tough to prevent them from damaging the wall. Ensure the dusters are clean to prevent dirt from spreading to other portions.
Do a patch cleanability test
Perform it before doing any cleaning to avoid damaging the surface with harsh chemicals or procedures – you can use a piece of cloth and warm soapy water. Identify an inconspicuous area of the wall and apply the cleaning solution lightly. Squeeze off the excess water from the towel and wipe off the area while checking if the portion becomes blurry and dries sufficiently. For painted walls, check to ensure that the solution does not cause any thinning of the paint.
The patch test should also be performed during stain removal to ensure the stain remover does not damage your walls.
Clean from bottom to top
Doing this ensures dirty water streaks or drips do not soil the already cleaned areas. Clean the wall in small portions, rinse with clear water and wipe dry with a clean piece of cloth. Clean the entire wall from one side to the other to avoid water marks resulting from inconsistent cleaning and changing the types and intensity of the cleaning solution.
Cleaning a wallpapered wall
First, identify the type of the wallpaper, which could either be a plain paper, vinyl wallpaper or fabric wallpaper covered with acrylic or vinyl. Acrylic or Vinyl wallpaper is easily cleaned with a damp piece of cloth. If the paper is heavily soiled, ensure you use clean, warm water with no soap or detergent for very delicate and light wallpapers. Use vinegar diluted with warm water to clean moldy walls and remove stains from a vinyl coated wallpaper.
Use light strokes to overlapping clean sections and then pat the cleaned area dry using a towel without damping the walls. Ensure that you wipe the walls immediately to prevent the paper from absorbing too much moisture, which might tear and damage it.
Care for wooden or paneled wall
If the walls are paneled or wooden, use vegetable oil and warm soapy water to clean and polish the soiled and stained surfaces to create a visually appealing surface. Use a soft damp cloth, and gently wipe the panel from the bottom to top without allowing it to soak the board.
Excessive moisture damages the wood and causes the finishing to warp. After the surface is clean, dry it while rubbing along the grain with a clean cloth. Rub in the oil into the panel and sufficiently buff it to shine the surface.
Note: too much water on the panel surface causes it to discolor.
Wall cleaning is a time-consuming and labor-intensive task. It is, however crucial to ensuring your property looks great and keeps the paint, the finish or wallpaper in an excellent condition.