June 8, 2018
Despite how much people love white walls, nobody loves how difficult they are to clean. They’re prone to getting dirty and sometimes seem impossible to clean, especially if there are kids around. There is good news, and that’s how easy cleaning them is once you know what to do. There is, however, a lot you need to know and do before you can begin. And here is how to clean white walls the right way.
1. Remove anything on your white walls and anything around them
Before you start, it’s important to make sure any pictures or shelves are away from the area. You don’t want to get anything on them. The same applies to your furniture. If you can’t move the furniture or you don’t want to, it’s a good idea to place a tarp over it and on the ground as long as it isn’t plastic. Plastic will become slippery when wet.
2. Dust your white walls
It’s important to dust your wall before starting. Wiping the walls with a broom covered with a towel is a good way to do it. Make sure you remove cobwebs or anything else that you see.
3. Find out what they’re painted with
You’ll need different types of cleaning products for different types of paint. Make sure you know what kind of paint is on your walls. If you need to, you can try testing out your cleaner on a small spot on your wall. That way you’re sure it won’t lighten or remove your paint.
4. Clean your white walls
While there are different ways to clean white walls, anyone can do these two methods. If it’s a latex-based paint, make sure you use warm water and a mild all-purpose cleaner. Put a tiny bit into a bucket of warm water and dip a sponge into it. Make sure to not only pass the sponge over the dirty parts but to clean the wall as a whole while you’re at it. Remember to give areas such as doorknobs extra attention since they’re touched so often.
If it’s an oil-based paint, a mixture of dish detergent and vinegar should do the trick. Put a teaspoon of dish detergent into a quart of warm water before adding a quarter cup of vinegar. You can use a rag or a sponge to wipe your walls down.
4. Be careful around outlets
If you’re going to clean your outlets, you should wring your sponge or ragout before going near them. If you absolutely need to clean them, you should first turn off your circuit breaker.
5. Rinse your walls
After your walls are cleaned, you should get a new, clean bucket of water. Dip a clean sponge in it and wipe your walls down. Again, be careful around outlets or other electronics.
6. Using a degreaser
At this point, you might find a few difficult spots left over. If your walls are still dirty, you may need a degreaser for those tougher stains. Whatever degreaser you get, make sure you read the directions carefully. They vary depending on which one you buy. You’ll probably have to rinse the degreaser out after leaving it on the walls for some time.
7. How to keep your white walls clean
Now that know how to clean your white walls, it’s time to keep them that way. Make sure you dust your walls every time you clean them. Make dusting a regular thing to prevent your walls from becoming dirty. Another way to keep them clean is to wipe down your walls after they get wet. This includes wiping down the walls of your bathroom. Since moisture can contribute to problems such as mold, buying a water repellent for your bathroom is a good idea.