How to Wash Walls After Interior Painting
After you have invested in professional interior painting, washing the
walls regularly will help extend the life of the paint job. The more often
you perform regular maintenance on the walls, the less difficulty you
will have getting them clean later on. The method and the tools you use
to clean walls will depend on whether you are performing preventive maintenance,
spot cleaning, or washing entire rooms. The type of paint on the walls
will also determine the best method of cleaning.
Semi-gloss and gloss paints are the best for washing, while those that
have a flat, eggshell, or satin-finish paint may streak or fade. If it
has been a while since your last paint job, and you aren’t sure
what type of paint you have on your walls, do a test spot to see how it
responds to cleaning. If it doesn’t do well, you will probably want
to consider getting a new paint job.
Preventive maintenance is more about removing the dust before it becomes
set-in dirt. Better Homes and Gardens recommends starting with the soft
brush attachment on your vacuum to remove loose dust before wiping down
with a dust mop or cloth-covered broom.
This cleaning tool by Mr. Clean is a great cleaning item to keep on hand.
It is especially effective for fingerprints and for cleaning crayon artwork
that you don’t want to display.
Cleaning Walls Painted with Latex and Oil-Based Paint
Mix your own solution of three or four drops of dish soap with a half-bucket
of water. Use a damp sponge to wipe walls without over-saturating. Use
a dry cloth to wipe the dirt off the wall. Repeat until the water stays
clean. Avoid coming into contact with outlets and other areas where there
If walls are painted with oil-based paint, you can use a mild de-greaser,
if needed, to remove stains. Neither type of painted walls should be cleaned
with scrubbing tools or harsh cleaners.
Cleaning Walls with Mold
Water exposure can lead to moldy spots that are resistant to regular cleaning
products. Try using a damp sponge first to see if it removes the mold.
If not, try a 50:50 bleach and water solution to kill the mold. If the
paint is chipping or peeling in the area, there is probably mold behind
the wall. Hiring a
professional interior painting contractor to paint your home will help prevent these problems from occurring. We
use special paint in areas to prevent the growth of mold and high pressure
washing to remove mold from exterior walls.
Work from Bottom to Top
Start at the bottom of the wall and work upward. Cleaning runoff from areas
that have already been cleaned is easier than cleaning from areas that
are still dirty. Have two buckets, including the one with the detergent
mixture and a bucket of clear water for rinsing. Change the water whenever
it becomes dirty.
The best way to keep walls clean and fresh is to always choose the professional
quality of paint job that you get from Dixon Painting. We will provide
you with the quality paints and expert application that will provide you
with a long-lasting, durable finish.
Contact us to
learn more about our interior paint services.