Back in the 1950s, family sitcoms showed the perfect American Family: mom, dad, kids, and sometimes a dog. But there was a supporting character that sat quietly in the background but looked oh so sparkly clean: the family home. Yep! The house was well kept without a mess in sight. And the walls! Nary a cobweb or dust bunny on them. Let’s face it: that was TV. In the real world, you may be working 40 or more hours a week and don’t have time to deep clean your home every month, which includes washing your walls. However, you could clean them in the early spring and early fall. Hey! Twice a year is pretty good. Keep reading to learn how to clean walls. It’s a great way to keep your home looking and smelling fresh and may extend the life of your wall paint.
How To Clean Walls
Walls get dirty for many reasons, from home pollution to pet hair and dander. And yes, washing them is time-consuming. But it’s necessary if you want the inside of your house to smell and look great. And when you wash your walls in the early spring and early fall, you can open the windows and let the cool breeze dry them. If you have older kids, recruit them to help because you’ll get done faster. In fact, spring break is the perfect time to clean walls.
Let’s explore how to clean walls, from prep work to how you actually wash walls. Ready, let’s go!
Vacuuming and Dusting
Spiders enjoy building webs in corners, which means the corners of your walls may have a few hanging around. Wipe away cobwebs and debris with an indoor high reaching cleaning kit with a telescoping handle with the corner duster attachment; soft dry mop, dust cloth, or the brush and wand attachment on your vacuum. If you can’t reach, use a small step ladder or step stool. Ideally, this should be completed on a monthly basis. But if you only do vacuum and dust the walls in the fall or even in the spring, so be it.
Wall Cleaning Supplies
Now that you’ve vacuumed and dusted, you’ll want to gather your wall cleaning supplies. For instance, you’ll need a bucket with warm soapy water, bucket with clean water, and drop cloth. Keep in mind that the soap/detergent you use should be mild so that it doesn’t ruin your wall paint. More on that later. Once you’ve gathered your wall cleaning supplies, you can move onto cleaning your walls.
Wall Cleaning by Paint Type
Knowing the type of wall paint you or your contractor used matters. Why? Because you need to use the proper cleaning solution. For instance, walls painted with a semi-gloss enamel or glossy paint can be washed with your favorite cleaning product or hot, sudsy water soaked sponge. Rinse with cool water to remove grease in your kitchen and moisture residue in your bathroom and laundry room. To clean flat-painted walls, use a clean, damp cloth or soft sponge moistened with water. If necessary, touch up paint.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to washing your walls:
- Gather your cleaning supplies.
- To create a large enough workspace, remove all wall decor from your walls and move your furniture into the center of the room or into other rooms.
- Protect your floor by laying down a drop cloth.
- Vacuum and dust your walls and baseboards. You may use an indoor high reach cleaning kit, your vacuum, or broom with a towel.
- With a natural sponge or lint-free washcloth, wipe and scrub down your walls from top to bottom with your favorite cleaner, warm soapy water, or damp cloth or sponge (for walls that have flat paint).
- Follow-up step 5 with a clean water rinse. Change out the dirty water in your bucket. You may have to do this several times.
- Open a few windows to allow the air to flow through the room to help dry the walls faster.
Now that you know how to clean walls, you can schedule the task in the early spring and early fall. See that. Your walls will be cleaned at least twice per year.
Are You Ready to Make Your Walls Sparkle?
To keep your house looking sparkly clean, wash your walls regularly. After all, indoor and outdoor weather conditions impact your cleaning schedule. For instance, if you open your windows on a breezy fall day, your home may be subject to pollens and require at least a weekly cleaning. Why? Because allergy sufferers may sneeze up a storm if the house isn’t clean! Keep in mind that children and pets also contribute to dirt that builds up on walls. How? A handprint there and a pawprint there adds up after time, which means your walls may need to be cleaned monthly.
For additional house cleaning tips, check out our post, House Cleaning Tips to Get Your Home Sparkling. And, refer back to this post as often as you need so that you know how to clean walls.