Some people have walls that hardly ever need to be cleaned; maybe just dusted from time to time. The rest of us are not so lucky. Whether from people, children, pets or even poor air quality in our home, our grimy painted walls need some cleaning! Dirt, dust, smoke generated from cooking, wood heaters, smokers, natural gas stoves, little sticky fingers will eventually make even the nicest wall look dirty. Even clean hands that we have used to steady ourselves going up or down the stairs have natural oils on them that will end up showing as dirty spots on our walls. The cause of grimy painted walls is never ending.
However, do not worry! To get ready for washing grimy painted walls, you’re going to need the following:
– 2 Buckets (1 will work, but 2 makes it easier)
– 4 Clean cloths
– 2 Dry Towels
– 2 Rubber Bands
– Cleaning Solution (test on inconspicuous part of the wall first.)
– Step Stool (if necessary)
One of your buckets will hold a cleaning solution (a Borax and water solution or a general purpose cleaner with water solution will work well). The other bucket should contain clean water to rinse the walls after you wash them.
– Toss a cloth in each bucket then move to your cleaning area.
– Put one dry towel on the floor right up against the baseboard. This will protect your floors (especially carpet) from getting wet as you clean.
– As your towel becomes too damp or wet, replace it with a dry one OR toss it in the dryer and take a 15-minute break.
– Put the other dry towel over your shoulder or on your step stool.
The most important things to remember when you’re cleaning your walls are:
1. Remove the dust and any clinging dirt from the walls first.
2. Dust thoroughly from the top down.
3. Wash your way back up your walls to stop streaks and drips.
Always start by dusting your walls from the top down. Then, when you’re actually cleaning your walls, start from the bottom and work your way up.
Now you’re ready to start. Remember that you’re starting at the bottom, so get prepared to work on your knees.Start at the baseboards and cover an area about 1/4 or 1/3 of the way up the wall. Don’t do the whole length of your wall at once.
Do one small width area (about 3 feet) at a time all the way up, and then move down the wall. In circular motions, clean the area with a solution from the cleaning mix bucket. Then take the cloth from the clean water bucket, wring it out, and rinse the area you’ve just washed. Finally, take a towel and dry the area you’ve washed and rinsed. Move up to the next 1/4 or 1/3 of the wall and repeat. Check the wall for streaks when you get to the top. Wet streaks can be wiped away with the towel. Dry streaks can be corrected with the damp cloth from the clean water bucket.
Now that you know how to properly prepare and clean your walls, it won’t seem like such an overwhelming task.
Image Credits: Painted Wall