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In-Home Cleaning Tips: Cleaning Interior Walls

Learn how to clean your interior walls here

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Child painting on wall with hand prints all over

In-Home Cleaning Tips: Cleaning Interior Walls

Walls should protect, but a dirty wall could be full of germs, mould and dust particles that might be harmful to your loved one's health. It might seem like a no-brainer that we should be cleaning walls, but how exactly do you clean a wall? Keep reading for interior wall cleaning tips.

How Do I Clean Interior Walls?

How to clean interior walls comes down to two things: How dirty it is and the type of paint that’s on it.

For dusty walls:

For cleaning painted walls every day, dusting is sufficient. A duster with an extension handle works on the majority of walls. Did you know that vacuums aren’t just for carpets? You can vacuum walls too. Consider cleaning your walls with the smooth brush attachment of your vacuum cleaner.

For dirty walls:

Dusting won't clean a dirty wall. You'll need to wash it. Use a half-cup of a multipurpose cleaner mixed with a bucket of water. This solution is all that you'll need to clean a filthy wall. Multipurpose cleaners have the added benefit of making your home smell fresh and clean.

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For satin paint:

When washing painted walls, it’s important to take the type of paint into account. For a satin or semi-gloss paint, a damp cloth is the best way to clean walls.

For matte paint:

A matte finish paint requires different cleaning practices. To clean these types of paint, use a dry melamine sponge. Melamine sponges remove oil stains, grease, crayons and marker ink from painted walls. *Remember to do a spot check to ensure that your preferred method of cleaning walls will not remove the paint. Find out more on how to clean walls here. *

How Do I Keep My House In Good Condition?

Proper home maintenance is crucial to maintain the integrity of your home. Regularly inspect your walls for visual cracks, tilt or movement. If you take care of the minor issues as they appear, they won’t become major, expensive problems. Find how to repair a hole or crack in the wall here.

How To Dry Clothes In Winter?

Although winter months are colder, you can still ‘line dry’ your clothes during winter. Get creative by using the rod on your shower curtain or towel bars for drying clothes - or invest in a convenient drying rack that folds up when not in use to dry your clothes indoors. Air-dried clothes also add some natural humidity to the air.

Check for any signs of dampness on your interior walls as this could lead to many serious problems. Treat any signs of mould with a mould and mildew cleaner. These measures keep your loved ones safe and healthy, find out how to do this here.

Here is a tip: Distilled white vinegar containing 5% acetic acid helps kill mould and mildew.

The Best Way To Clean Walls Before Painting Them?

Washing painted walls before you re-paint might sound redundant, but it can save time and money down the road. Every time you open a window, it lets in particles. You also leave particles behind whenever you cook or spray your hair with products.

If you paint over unclean walls, the new coat will apply unevenly. To combat grease and prevent this, wash your walls with a degreaser, learn how to do this here. By using Sunlight Dish Washing Liquid, you’ll be washing painted walls with ease.

How To Remove Toddler Art From Interior Walls?

Toddlers are cute, but ink, marker, and crayon scribbles on walls are not. Some stains are stubborn, but these tips make cleaning painted walls a breeze.

Ink or marker – To remove ink and marker stains, spray the area with aerosol hairspray. You could also dab it with rubbing alcohol. Find out how to do this here.

Crayon – For crayon, rub the area with toothpaste (not the gel type) and then wipe it clean with a damp sponge.

Another way to clean crayon marks is by creating a paste using a tablespoon of baking soda and half a tablespoon of water. Dip an old toothbrush into the paste and brush it onto the wall. Scrub in a circular motion until the crayon marks disappear. Wipe the area with a clean wet washcloth when you’re through.

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