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Cleaning Methods for a Painted Wall

When you consider factors such as delicate wallpaper or a decorative paint job, cleaning certain walls can be difficult. While cleaning the walls can be challenging, it is a necessary household chore, and there is some good news – you don’t need any special wall cleaner – household products often do the trick! Here are some more words of advice to help you get started cleaning your beautifully painted wall as soon as possible.

Avoid using products that are abrasive or contain ammonia.

Prevent the use of products that are abrasive or ammonia-based, as this one might damage the finish or remove the color. Start with products that are easy to understand. Even with only the most basic of household supplies, you can get the task done. Liquid dish soap, water, stain remover, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide are some of the items you’ll need to get started.

The right tools

Tools: soft rags, buckets, foam brush, and vacuum with a brush attachment. The buckets will be used to combine the soap and water solution, and the vacuum will be used to dust the walls.

Clean the walls

First, dust the walls using your vacuum’s brush attachment, then wipe them down with a cloth. Dust in the baseboards and molding can be readily removed with a damp foam brush.

Pro Tip:

* If you don’t have a vacuum with a brush attachment, use a dry mop head wrapped in a rag*

Wall cleaning

After removing the initial layer of dust, wash the walls thoroughly with warm water and liquid or dish soap. Always perform a test patch before washing the entire wall to rule out any potential harm. Because wallpaper and matte paint are more delicate types of paint, conducting a test beforehand can help avoid issues.

Pro Tip:

*Use clear soap to avoid streaking on your wall*

Techniques for washing

Once you’ve determined how the surface reacts to the soap and water solution, it’s time to get to work cleaning it! The most effective strategy is to begin at the top of the wall and work your way down, wiping down the surface with light, circular motions using a soft cloth or rag as you go.

Rinse well at the end

Give your freshly cleaned walls one final wipe down to ensure that the dust and filth are completely gone – or at least for the time being. Final step: wipe down the surface of the walls with a clean cloth, and you’re finished!

Pro tip: As you work, open your windows to allow the air to circulate and dry the walls.


Do you have stains that a cloth won’t remove? Now for baking soda and water. Mix 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup water until paste forms. Gently rub the mixture into the wall using a rag.

For tough grease stains on kitchen walls or wallpaper, use an iron! Place a paper towel on the stain and iron it for one minute on low heat. With a hot paper towel, you should have a clean wall.

Cleaning your walls

Now you can dust or wipe clean large areas. And a new paint job will give you even more motivation to keep your walls clean. Request an estimate from Apex Painting Company today!

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