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How To Clean Painted Walls Safely

How to clean painted walls

How To Clean Painted Walls Safely

Are you tired of staring at dirty, scuffed walls in your home? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Final Touch Decorating, your go-to interior painting service in Oak Park Chicago, is here to provide you with some simple tips and tricks on how to clean your painted walls and help you achieve a clean and vibrant home.

Before we dive into the cleaning methods, it’s essential to understand what type of paint you have on your walls. Different paints and finishes require different cleaning techniques. For instance, flat, eggshell, or satin finishes, which are less durable, should be treated with care. Harsh chemicals or degreasers can easily damage these finishes, so avoid using them and opt for a gentler approach.

In high traffic areas like kitchens and bathrooms, you may have semigloss or glossy paints. These finishes are more durable and can withstand mild degreasing cleaners. However, it’s still crucial to use a soft sponge when cleaning to prevent scratching or scuffing.

If you have latex or oil-based paints, you’re in luck! These finishes are relatively durable and can be cleaned using a mild, nonabrasive cleaner mixed with warm water. Again, remember to be gentle to avoid any unintentional paint removal or scratching.

So, now that we know what we’re working with, let’s talk about the cleaning solutions. Warm water and a slightly damp soft sponge or microfiber cloth can work wonders in most cases. Start with this gentle approach, and you might find that it’s enough to get your walls looking clean and fresh.

In need of something stronger? No worries! You can easily create your own cleaning solution at home. Mix a teaspoon of undyed liquid dish soap and ¼ teaspoon of white vinegar into one quart of warm water. This solution works well for semigloss or glossy finishes. If you have latex or oil-based paints, simply substitute vinegar with ammonia for a more powerful cleaning solution.

Of course, if you’re unsure about the effect a cleaning solution may have on your paint or finish, it’s always a good idea to test it in a small, inconspicuous area before tackling the entire wall.

Before you dive into cleaning mode, it’s essential to prepare the area. Remove any hanging wall art or pictures and move furniture away from the walls to ensure easy access. Lay down towels, drip cloths, or newspaper to protect your floors from any potential drips or spills. Don’t forget to give your walls a thorough dusting, especially if they have a textured surface that tends to gather dust and particles.

Now that you’re all set and have your supplies ready, it’s time to get down to business! Start cleaning from the top left-hand corner of the wall and work your way down using gentle circular motions. Avoid using an overly wet sponge or cloth to prevent water from running down the walls. After cleaning each area with the solution, go over it again with clean water to remove any residue. If you have high walls, a sponge mop with a long handle can come in handy.

Once you’re done with the cleaning process, it’s time to help your walls dry faster. Use a clean, dry sponge or towel to remove excess moisture. Make sure to give your walls ample time to dry thoroughly before placing back furniture and wall art.

But what about those pesky stains? If you spot a stain, it’s best to address it as soon as it happens. Begin by gently dabbing the spot with a water-damp sponge or cloth to remove any loose debris. If the stain persists, baking soda can be your secret weapon. Dampen a cloth or sponge with water and dip it in baking soda, then gently scrub the stain. Alternatively, you can make a paste out of baking soda and water and apply it to the stain. If these methods don’t do the trick, you can try a stronger cleaner, but always remember to test it on a small area first to prevent any damage to the paint or finish. Once the stain is removed, wipe the area with a clean sponge or towel to get rid of any residue.

In some cases, spot cleaning may unintentionally remove some paint. If this happens, you may need to touch up the area with spot paint. To achieve a seamless finish, it’s ideal to use the original paint that was used on your walls. If you don’t have any leftover paint, make sure to get the same color, type, and finish as the original. When applying the paint, use the same method as before, whether it’s with a brush or a roll-on. Blend the new paint into the existing paint, feathering it on to achieve that flawless finish.

If you’re looking to do more than just clean your walls and want to give your interior an updated look, Final Touch Decorating is here to help. Our team of qualified interior painting contractors is ready to assist you in creating a new and uplifting space. Whether you’re in Oak Park Chicago or its surrounding areas, we’ve got you covered. Contact us today and let us change your home.

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