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How to Clean Your Walls Properly

From indoor wallpaper to outdoor painted walls, this guide will give you the low down on how to clean walls properly, using quality products available at your nearest retailer as well as homemade concoctions that you can whip up at home.


How to Clean Your Walls Properly

How to Clean Your Wallpaper Walls?

Do you have wallpaper in the bedrooms or living spaces? Many people are too scared to clean their wallpapered walls for fear of getting the paper wet or damaged. If you follow these easy steps on how to clean wall stains on the wallpaper, you’ll get your wallpaper clean and bright in no time.

  1. First give the wallpaper a light dusting with a microfibre cloth to remove any dust, cobwebs and other debris.

  2. Then mix a solution of warm water with a good multipurpose cleaner like Handy Andy Cream Cleaner. Using a clean, soft cloth, wash the walls with this solution. Handy Andy Cream Cleaner comes in five light and lovely fragrances, but you might want to consider Spring Fresh, Lavender Fresh or Potpourri fragrances to leave the bedroom or living space gently fragranced.

  3. There is no need to wipe or rinse after cleaning walls with Handy Andy. Simply let them dry but if you would prefer to rinse them, then wait for 10 – 15 minutes after cleaning them and rinse with a clean, damp cloth.

How to Clean Your Painted Walls?

Whether inside the home or outside, painted walls are important to clean because they can get dirty pretty quickly. Whether it’s from busy little hands or food splatter, keeping your painted walls clean is an essential part of home cleaning every week. Here’s how:

  • For general cleaning of painted walls, you are going to want to dust them off first with a dry, microfibre cloth to get rid of dirt and debris.

  • Again, a solution of Handy Andy Cream Cleaner (in your favourite fragrance) in warm water should do the trick to get rid of most dirt and leave the wall looking shiny.

  • If the wall is stained with greasy stains, like walls in the kitchen from food, you might want to enlist the help of a degreasing product. Sunlight Dishwashing Liquids have powerful degreasing properties and can be put directly onto a damp cloth and worked into the area on the wall that is greasy. You can then just wipe it off with a clean, damp cloth afterwards.

Follow these easy steps on how to clean walls easily and you won’t go wrong. When you use great products like Handy Andy and Sunlight, you’ll halve the time it takes to clean your walls thanks to their powerful cleaning properties.

Top Four Homemade Wall Cleaner Recipes

If you’re feeling adventurous and have some extra time, why not consider making your own concoction of natural wall cleaners? These remedies are great for spot cleaning particularly difficult stains in no time.

  • Baking soda and water make a great spot cleaning wall cleaner. Mix half a cup of baking soda in a bucket of water for best results.

  • White vinegar is also a pantry cupboard staple that makes a great cleaning solution. Mis a cup of vinegar in a bucket of water and spot clean stubborn areas.

  • Sugar soap is a natural cleaning product that is made from an oil base like olive oil or sunflower oil. It’s great for outdoor walls as well as indoors and you simply need to dilute the soap in water to make a cleaning mixture.

  • Did you know that wet wipes make great wall cleaners? Most moms have several packets of baby wipes lying around the house. They can clean off just about anything from walls including makeup and crayon stains too.

We recommend cleaning the walls in your home twice a year as part of your spring-cleaning regime. Of course, if the little one has drawn you a picture on the wall, or your husband has been particularly messy when cooking up dinner, simply use the excellent products we’ve suggested to add an instant clean and shine to your walls.

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1. How do you clean dirty walls without damaging paint?

In order to not damage painted walls, you always want to use a solution like Handy Andy Cream Cleaner that won’t be too harsh for the walls. You also never want to use an abrasive cloth or sponge to clean the walls, but rather a soft, microfibre cloth.

2. What's the best thing to wash painted walls with?

We recommend using a solution of warm water and Handy Andy Cream Cleaner for painted walls. Read out blog above to find out how.

3. Can I use a mop to wash walls?

Why not, as long as it’s clean and soft, go for it.

4. How often should you wash your walls?

We recommend giving your home walls a clean twice a year. But if they’ve been particularly soiled, then you should spot clean immediately.

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