There’s nothing more appealing than good looking walls in your home. But the occasional stain is likely to happen anyway.  Here are a few tips to keep your walls dirt-free and looking like new.

 

Safety Tips

To avoid water dripping down your walls and seeping through your plug sockets, cut a large piece of masking tape and place it on the panel, covering the power outlet. Make sure your power points are switched off. Also be sure to use latex gloves, protecting your hands from harmful chemicals and wear a pair for goggles to prevent dust from getting into your eyes. Lay down a towel or a plastic tarp on the floor directly below the cleaning areas, to prevent water from messing up your carpets or forming puddles on tiled floors.

 

Dusting

It is important to dust your walls regularly, preferably every second week. Before you start washing, use a brush tool attachment of your vacuum on baseboards, ceilings, door frames and in corners, where cobwebs are most likely to appear. Run a tack cloth or microfibre cloth over the wall surface gently in a circular motion.

Ordinarily, all you need is a soft cloth or sponge with mild soapy water. Too much water can ruin the paint finish, so thoroughly ring out your cloth. Apply gentle pressure in a circular motion. Rinse with a clean damp cloth to remove any leftover cleaner. Generally, you would want to clean your walls once a year or wash them right before applying fresh paint. If you have recently had your walls painted, then wait at least two weeks before you apply any cleaner or even proceed to wash your walls.

 

Spot Cleaning

To remove stains, use a mixture of baking soda and water. Mix the solution well and apply gently with a sponge onto the problem area. Rinse off and dry with a soft cloth. To remove grease off walls, simply take a stick of white chalk and scribble over the greasy area. The chalk will absorb any greasy stain. Gently wipe it off, and spot clean with some baking soda solution.

It’s important to test your cleaning solution before application, to prevent damage to the paint finish. Test it on an inconspicuous area, like behind a picture frame or a mirror. If the paint still looks bright and there no watermarks left after drying, then you’re good to go.

 

Touch-ups

Nicks and scrapes on a painted surface are inevitable, but it can surely be fixed with a good touch up. To ensure your touch-ups match the surrounding area, use the paint from the original can and make sure that not only is your paint the same color, but also the same sheen. Add one part water to ten parts paint. This will help your touch up and blend into the surrounding finish. Use a separate container for mixing. If you are touching up areas where the paint was applied with a roller, use a small trim roller. Use a brush for areas that have been painted with a brush.

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