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Floor & Surface Cleaning

How To Clean the Walls in Your Home

Are you wondering how to clean the wallpaper or how to remove wall stains from paintwork? Read on for our easy step-by-step guide.

In our home, it is easy to overlook or neglect the walls when it comes to our regular cleaning. Sticky fingerprints, smudges and stains can affect our walls just as much as other areas of our home – but there’s no need to grab your paint pot. There are many ways to freshen up your walls without the need to redecorate. Read on for our tips on how to remove stains on walls. Whether they’re painted, tiled, or covered in wallpaper, we can help.

How to clean walls – paint and wallpaper

If your painted or wallpapers walls have been splashed during cooking, or if they’ve acquired smudges and smears over time, follow these steps to learn how to clean wall stains quickly and easily.

  1. Check the manufacturer’s care instructions for the paint or wallpaper first. Some wallpapers should not be washed and in these cases you should avoid applying water of any kind to the surface. Stick to dry dusting instead.
  2. Begin by giving your walls a good dusting – you don’t want to rub dust into the wall, as this will cause more dirty marks.
  3. Start by tackling the noticeable stains and marks. Spray a dampened clean white cloth with a good multipurpose cleaner, like Cif Antibacterial Original and test it on a small, hidden area of the wall. If no adverse effects occur, gently wipe the marks with the cloth. Avoid scrubbing hard as this is likely to damage the surface of your paint or wallpaper.
  4. Finish by wiping the whole surface of the wall with a sponge dampened with a little water and multipurpose spray. Take care not to use too much water as this could damage the surface of the wall.

Key Steps:

  1. Remove surface dust before cleaning.
  2. Check that your walls are washable before you start.
  3. Start by tackling specific stains.
  4. Take care not to oversaturate wallpapered or painted surfaces.

How to clean wall tiles 

Knowing how to clean the wall is a little more straightforward when it comes to tiles, because they are less easily damage by cleaning. The grout in-between the tiles can, however, be a prime place for germs to linger, so it’s important to clean tiled walls regularly.

  1. Wipe the walls with a cloth before you get started, to remove any surface dust.
  2. Spray a bleach-based cleaner, like Domex spray, ensuring that your hands are protected and that the room is well-ventilated. Always follow the usage instructions on the product label.
  3. Leave the cleaner to sink in for 30 minutes, before using a hard-bristled brush or old toothbrush to scrub in-between the tiles.
  4. Lastly, rinse the tiled wall with clean water and dry with a towel.

Now that your walls are clean and sparkling, the whole house should feel brighter, and you haven’t even gone anywhere near a paintbrush!

Top tip


Give the walls a quick dust as part of your weekly cleaning routine. This will help avoid a build-up of dust and grime, meaning that you will not need to clean them as regularly.