Once you get beautiful, freshly painted walls, you will want to keep them looking that way for as long as possible. You should dust your walls with a microfibre cloth or use a soft-bristled vacuum attachment. That way, you can prevent build up over time by removing light dust and dirt. Although, you should still give your walls a good wipe down at least once or twice a year.
A simple solution of vinegar and water works well for washing your walls as part of routine maintenance. When wiping down your walls, make sure to wring out your cloth or sponge well before you wipe to prevent any excess water from dripping down. You should avoid using scrubbers, as these can leave marks and scratches on your walls. Stick to soft cloths or sponges when wiping down your walls.
If a mark or stain on your wall does not come off with a vinegar and water solution or with soap and water, try using a cleaning eraser. These special sponges are ideal for spot cleaning and can work miracles on stains of any sort. Be sure to test the solution out on a small, hidden spot on your wall first before scrubbing a larger area. Be careful not to rub too hard, as it can make the stain worse.
If you need something stronger to clean your walls, consider the type of paint on them first. If you used latex paint on your walls, you should avoid harsh chemicals, as some can ruin paint finishes. Oil-based paint should be safe from damage with some chemical cleaners since it is a sturdier paint. Some kinds of stains may still be trickier to deal with than others and require special techniques to remove them.
Here are some common stubborn stains you will likely have to get rid of at some point on your walls:
Oil and Grease
When dealing with oil or grease stains, your first step should be to use dish soap and water. That is because dish soap is designed to cut through grease but is still mild enough on painted surfaces. For extra tough stains, you can use a special wall cleaner. But, before you spray anything on your walls, make sure it is compatible with the type of paint on them. Always do a small test spot in a hidden area before you clean the entire wall.
Most coffee stains should come out with a gentle cleanser, like dish soap or an all-purpose cleaner. The trick to getting rid of coffee stains is to apply the cleaner with a soft-bristled brush, like an old toothbrush. Be sure to work gently because if you use too much pressure, you could leave marks behind on your wall. Finish by wiping off the surface with a damp cloth and let it dry.
Kids love stickers, and they especially love sticking them on every surface possible. Once they have been stuck on a wall, stickers can be tough to remove without ruining your paint. It may take a little while, but it can be done. First, try to gently peel it off by starting in one corner and working your way around until you hit a stubborn spot. If there are still remnants of the sticker left on the wall, use a hairdryer on a low or medium setting to heat the glue. It will make it easier to get the rest of the sticker off. Vinegar can also help remove adhesive residue. Simply fold a paper towel and wet it with white vinegar, and then hold it over the sticker for a minute or so. It should loosen the adhesive, allowing you to wipe it off.
If you see pencil marks on your wall, try to erase it with a pencil or art gum eraser. If that does not work, clean the spot lightly with a cleaning eraser sponge. Soak the corner of a damp cloth in baking soda, then gently rub on extra stubborn marks. Repeat as needed then finish by wiping the baking soda off with a clean moistened cloth and allow the area to dry.
If you have incredibly stubborn stains that will not come off, you might just have to roll up your sleeves and paint over the stains. Depending on the condition of the paint on your walls, you might be able to get away with a touch up on the spot. Although you might find that it is better to repaint the entire wall. If you do have a wall stain that you need to be painted over, the team at Number 1 Painting would be happy to take a look at it for you. Call us today to book your free estimate.