You can have the most luxurious furniture and the most up to date fixtures but if your walls are dingy and dirty, your house won’t look as good as it should. Keep your walls looking great with these easy cleaning tips.
Dust walls regularly. Dusting will make your paint and wall coverings last longer by keeping dirt from building up and grinding in when you wash them. A lamb’s-wool duster works well or wrap a microfibre dust cloth or clean white cloth around a broom and dust with that — this technique is especially handy for high spots and the ceiling. Vacuuming with a soft-brush attachment is another effective means to dust your walls, especially when removing cobwebs in corners.
Wash with the right solution. When it’s time to wash your walls, you want to clean them thoroughly without harming the paint or wallpaper. Here are two DIY solutions you can mix up yourself that are cheaper and at least as good as anything you can buy.
#1: Mix 225gms of sodium borate and 30ml of dishwashing liquid in 4l of warm water. Sodium borate is sold in the detergent section of the supermarket. #2: Mix 225ml of ammonia, 5ml of dishwashing liquid, and 4l of water. Wash the walls with a natural sponge, available at hardware or home improvement stores, or use a white cloth.
Erase spots with the right stuff. For regular spots on the wall, mix baking soda with water to form a paste. Apply it to the spot with a soft cloth, then wipe clean with a damp sponge.To remove small wall smudges, just rub gently with an art-gum eraser. For crayon, spritz with oil lubricant, and the crayon will wipe right off. For ink or marker, use rubbing alcohol and for grease, mineral spirits.
Wash before repainting. For a long-lasting paintjob, the paint needs a clean surface to cling to. Trisodium phosphate (TSP) is a strong cleaner that will remove all foreign matter from your walls. It will also make glossy paint dull, which is good before repainting because new paint will adhere better to a dull surface. Make sure to wear vinyl gloves when using TSP because it is toxic and shouldn’t be for every day use.
Spray-starch high-traffic areas. A light coating of spray starch on hallway and stairwell walls will make it easier to clean grime off and prolong the life of your paint job.