Cleaning Those Dirty Walls

by Emily McBride
(last updated March 10, 2014)

1

Cleaning walls is one of the easiest—but most time-consuming—chores. You don't need your wash your walls every week, but an occasional cleaning will make a lot of difference.

White walls are not difficult to clean. You will need to be more careful with colored or textured walls. Before you use a cleaning product on the wall, try it in a small, hidden area to ensure that it doesn't distort or chip the paint. Kitchen walls need to be cleaned more than others. Grease from cooking is carried through the air onto the walls. This makes it important to use a degreasing soap.

For just the occasional cleaning, you can just spot clean. Get a rag or cloth wet with a little soap, and rub off the spots. Other options are baby wipes or a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Another regular cleaning is to clean the baseboards. Just use a warm, soapy cloth. If you have small children, you have probably had to deal with crayon on the wall. Sometimes you won't be able to remove it without painting over it, but it's best to try before you repaint. One method that may work is to blow-dry the crayon. The wax should melt and you should be able to wipe it away with a rag.

The easiest way to do a more thorough cleaning is to use a mop with a sponge head. First, take down any pictures or mirrors you have on the wall. This will help you to get the walls completely clean. Also, the dirty water can splash and get on the frames. Fill a bucket with warm water and a degreasing soap, such as Pine-Sol or Mr. Clean. Start the mop at the top of the walls and mop downward. The dirty water will drip down, so you don't want the dripping water to ruin your hard work. After you mop, use the clean towels to dry the walls. If you don't use the towels, the dirty water may streak. Change the water in the bucket if it turns gray. If the water gets too dirty, washing your walls with dirty water will make it pointless. Another option besides a mop is a Swiffer Wet. Make sure you change the wet pad enough, so the walls are getting clean.

A few times a year, use the mop to thoroughly clean your walls. To keep up your walls being clean, spot clean them. It may seem tedious, but keeping your walls clean will help your house look newer and nicer.

Author Bio

Emily McBride

A senior majoring in English and editing at BYU, Emily hopes to enter the field of professional editing upon graduation. Emily has done humanitarian work in Africa and studied in London. She enjoys blogging, foreign films, and playing the piano. ...

MORE FROM EMILY

Understanding Blood Pressure Readings

We know that it's important to keep your blood pressure in a good range—but what is a good range? Read here for ...

Discover More

Cleaning Your Cabinets

Are the cabinets in your kitchen or your bathroom looking a little dirtier than usual? Read more for tips on how to keep ...

Discover More

Cleaning Vinyl

Most likely, you have many different vinyl products in your home. With some easy steps, you can get your vinyl to look as ...

Discover More

Tough Cleaning Jobs Require Brawny! Brawny paper towels provide the versatility you need: the strength for demanding jobs and the softness to clean up your child's messy face. This 24-roll pack of pick-a-size sheets can handle just about every cleaning task in your home. Check out Brawny 24-Pack Giant Paper Towels today!

More Cleaning Tips

Keep Fingerprints Off Walls

Fingerprints on walls tend to congregate around light switches and electrical outlets. To prevent these fingerprints from ...

Discover More

Getting Rid of "Blue Sticky Stuff" Stains

Cleaning up that wonderfully useful blue sticky gunk is not as easy as you would think. Whenever you remove a picture or ...

Discover More

Cleaning Smashed Bugs from Walls

Removing those nasty smashed bugs stains from walls may seem a bit challenging. Here are a few simple methods that you ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is five more than 7?

2014-03-11 05:02:28

MM Sethi

try cleaning with a wet tissue, It would clean and dry up in no time


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.