Cleaning your walls can sound like it is an easy process, but in reality, you have to take specific steps to ensure you don’t damage your walls. There are many types of surfaces, with some being more porous than others and requiring more delicate care. When it comes to paint, there are different types of paint that are more durable than others, such as high-gloss paint. However, there are some paints that are more porous, like wallpaper and matte finishes. As your paints have less sheen, the durability level goes down, so you’ll have to be more gentle with your cleaning routine. 

Now, you may be wondering what types of cleaning supplies you’ll need. Well, you’re in luck because wall cleaning does not require any special wall cleaner. All you really need is water, soap, a rag, a tack cloth, baking soda, a vacuum, and a foam craft brush. Make sure to avoid anything abrasive or ammonia-based because it will end up removing the paint. A mild cleaning solution will ensure you don’t do any damage to your walls. 

The first step you’ll have to take is dusting! This is an important step because if you skip it, your walls won’t be clean. Start by vacuuming the walls and then wiping them down with a tack cloth to remove any dust particles. The second step is washing your walls. Your cleaning solution should be a mix of clear liquid hand or dish soap and water. You’ll then want to test a small patch to ensure it won’t damage the wall. Once you know your test strip is ok, you can do the whole wall. We recommend starting from the top because when using a wet cloth, some dirty water may trickle down; you don’t want to waste all that hard work! As you are washing, be sure to scrub in circular motions and not too hard,hard since doing that can remove the paint. 

As you are cleaning your walls, keep in mind not to use too much water to prevent bubbling and watermarks. If you happen to come across any stains that can’t be washed away, you can try using baking soda. We recommend this solution because it’s a mild and natural stain fighter. All you need is to mix a half cup of baking soda with a quarter cup of water until it forms a paste. Then, you just lightly scrub the spot until the stain is gone. After you are done washing the walls, make sure you rinse and dry them to remove any excess moisture and soap. 

We hope these tips helped you feel more prepared for your next painting project! At J&S Painting Plus, Inc., we are fully licensed and insured painting contractors, offering the highest standard of quality workmanship for exterior house painting and all your residential painting needs at the most affordable prices. Contact us today via our website for a free quote to get started: