Cleaning a wall seems simple enough. All you need is a towel or sponge and a cleaning agent, right? Well, kind of; the best cleaning method for painted walls actually depends on the paint type. The following techniques apply to both exterior and interior paint.
Walls with Latex Paint
Create a solution consisting of water and a nonabrasive all-purpose cleaner. Remove dust using a vacuum soft brush. When the wall is clear, lightly dip a sponge in the solution and gently wipe the wall. This method is great for removing fingerprints.
Walls with Oil-Based Paint
The same as above, but use a mixture of water and white vinegar.
Walls with Flat Paint
Enamel and semi-gloss paint respond well to washing. Cleaning flat paint surfaces, unfortunately, is a tad trickier. Flat paint is porous and provides a cling-able surface for dust and other debris. The trick is to use the gentlest material and most nonabrasive solution that works.
Try these materials in the given order. Stick with the first method that effectively removes stains.
- A soft rag with lukewarm water
- A melamine-foam product, such as Magic Eraser. Note that this may leave white residue on dark paint.
- A foam cleanser. Test it first in an out-of-sight area. This goes for the two methods below as well.
- A sponge with a solution of warm water and laundry soap.
- A sponge with a solution of water, vinegar, and baking soda.
You may need to repaint the walls if the above methods don’t work. Contact Suburban Painting Services to restore stain-blemished surfaces. This goes for both residential homes and commercial facilities. Even the best methods for cleaning painted walls may not work if the homeowner allowed the stains to pile up over the years.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
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