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Floor & Surface Cleaning

How to Clean the Walls in Your Home

Are you wondering how to clean your wallpaper or how to remove wall stains from paintwork? Read on our easy-to-follow guide.

In our homes, 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 the other areas of our home – but there's no need to grab your paint pot just yet. Read these effective steps on how to remove stains on walls. Whether they're painted, tiled, or covered in wallpaper, we can help you.

How to Clean Walls – Paint and Wallpaper

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

Step 1:

First, check the manufacturer's care instructions for the paint or wallpaper (some wallpaper should not be washed and in this case avoid water on the surface).

Step 2: 

Next, give your walls a good dusting – you don’t want to rub dust into the wall, as this will cause more dirty marks.

Step 3:

Start tackling the noticeable stains and marks. Spray a dampened clean white cloth with a good multipurpose cleaner and test it on a small hidden area of the wall. If no adverse effects occur, then gently wipe the marks with the cloth. Avoid scrubbing hard, as this is likely to damage the surface of your paint or wallpaper.

Step 4:

Finish the procedure by wiping the whole surface of the wall with a sponge dampened with a little water and multipurpose spray. Be careful; don't use too much water as this could damage the surface of the wall.


How to Clean Wall Tiles

Knowing how to clean your wall is a little more straightforward when it comes to tiles because they are not easily damaged by cleaning. Space in-between the tiles (known as grout) is a prime place for germs to linger, so it’s important to clean tiled walls regularly.

Step 1:

Wipe the walls with a clean cloth before you start to remove any surface dust.

Step 2:

Spray a bleach-based cleaner on wall tiles – ensure that your hands are protected and that the room is well ventilated. Always follow the instructions on the product label.

Step 3:

Leave the cleaner to sink-in for 30 minutes. Then, use a hard-bristled brush or old toothbrush to scrub in-between the tiles.

Step 4:

Lastly, rinse the tiled wall with clean water and dry with a towel.

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.

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

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