Considering how many walls you have in your home, you must understand how to clean them properly. If you are trying to save yourself some time, a professional job is something to consider. 

At Select Painting, we don’t just have ten years of experience with painting projects; we also know how to clean your walls correctly, and we offer a free estimate. 

So what are the things that you need to consider when preparing for that perfect paint job?

Clean Off the Dust

No matter what finish they have, walls accumulate more dust and particles than you may realize. You will need to remove it before you begin your painting project.

Here’s what you need to do;

  • Takedown all your pictures and other wall decorations 
  • Pull your furniture away from the walls
  • Dust carefully from the baseboards up to the ceilings

Pay special attention to the baseboards, moldings, and corners while using a soft hair wall brush or the wall brush attachment of your vacuum cleaner. Cloths can be inadequate for such a chore. 

When you have a wallpaper that is in good condition, all that is necessary is a good dusting.

When Painting the interior of your house, it can be a fun hobby for some but a nightmare for others. Don’t be scared to try different things, researching tips on how others clean walls can be helpful.

Woman in gloves cleaning color wall with sponge

 

Remember Cleaning Your Wallpaper first Can Make It Easier To Remove

When you use the proper methods, you can freshen up soiled and dingy wallpaper. Some papers are washable. Even if you have a wallpaper that claims to be washable, you should test it first. Use a soft rag or sponge in warm soapy water. It is essential to have a light touch when you apply. Having an expert come in and wash your walls can save you heaps of time.

When working on thin, delicate wallpaper use only clear, warm water that contains no detergent or soap to clean your walls. Make sure you work your way from the bottom to top to avoid streaking. 

Using a light stoke, you will overlap each area that you have wiped clean. As you continue, you will gently pat the clean area dry. When the water becomes murky with grime, you should get a fresh batch of clean water.

What are the best ways to clean your walls before you start painting?

The first thing to do to make your job more convenient is to make sure to remove the obstacles (pictures, furniture, etc.) in your way. This way, when you start to paint, you have less chance of bumping into anything and knocking over any paint cans that are lying on the floor.

As we mentioned earlier, it is essential to remove any debris or dust off the walls. It is a good idea to use a dry towel or even a slightly damp cloth to take off any dirt or dust that may have accumulated on the walls. 

If your wall is satin, matte, or it has an eggshell finish, it is a great idea to remember to use a dry towel. But if you have walls that are semi-gloss or gloss, you may want to try using a damp cloth; as they usually work better for this application.

If you are painting a kitchen or a bathroom, try using an antimicrobial solution diluted mildly with water. The antimicrobial solution is the best; however, bleach diluted in water is an alternative if the antimicrobial solution is not available. 

So what are those essential things to remember when cleaning our walls?

Woman in gloves cleaning grey wall with rag

Determine the Finish.

Typically, you will find four different types of paint finishes. Your paint type will indicate how easily dirt will come off, as well as your cleaning methods.

  • Baked Enamels can withstand heavy-duty cleaners and degreasers, and you should scrub with mild abrasive materials.
  • General-Purpose Enamels need a neutral cleaning solution, and you should clean with a non-abrasive cloth.
  • Flat Latex paints chip quickly, so they require a mild detergent with minimal force applied.
  • Exterior Oil-based or Latex paints must only be cleaned with mild soap and rinsed with a garden hose.

Remove all Dirt

Brush away loose dirt and cobwebs, as they may smudge and leave marks. Start with the top of the wall and continue top to bottom from one side to the other. When starting from the top, work your way down to prevent any dirt from falling onto already cleaned areas.

Mix Your Cleaning Solution

Fill your bucket approximately half full with warm water and mix in your cleaning solution. When looking at the market, you will find numerous cleaning solutions available. 

Make sure to ask an associate at the store if the cleaning solution you are purchasing is right for your needs. Most stores will be able to tell you which solution fits.

Scrub Your Walls

Dampen a small portion of your sponge in the bucket and spread the solution onto the wall. Start at the top and working your way to the bottom. 

Be sure to squeeze the water out of your sponge often and blot the surface to lift any further dirt. Giving your walls a good scrub is one of the most important things to do when cleaning your walls before a paint job.

hand in glove cleaning wall

Dry the Wall

Make sure that you clean and dry the walls correctly, and you are finished!

 Get a free estimate from Select Painting. We have years of experience and can offer you not only the perfect paint job but the peace of mind that everything is right when guests come to call. 

You have the option to do it yourself, or you can save yourself heaps of time by contacting an expert. Always remember that with the perfect paint job, you can impress your guests, and when your home looks great, you feel great.