Even if you don’t have a house full of boys you can still have dirty walls. The worst areas for dirty walls are usually the kitchen and hallway of a home where spots on walls just seem to magically appear. Before you start to clean your walls you should know what type of paint or coating is used so you can use the right mixture to clean them.
If you have painted walls they are either painted with latex water based paint or an oil based paint. You can spot clean water based paint with a damp cloth and a dab of vinegar or dish detergent for regular dirt. Do not saturate walls with a dripping wet rag as you can damage the sheet rock and cause bubbles in your paint.
For more stubborn dirt you’ll want to use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, just dampen it with water and gently wipe away dirt. Where other wall cleaning methods have failed Mr. Clean Magic Erasers wipe away dirt, grease, grime, scuff marks and even bathroom soap scum. I know this sounds like a commercial, but nothing else removes crayon from a white wall like this product.
If you have wallpapered walls you’ll need to know if it’s labeled washable. If it is then wash gently with a damp cloth and mild cleaning solution. If your wallpaper is not washable you can remove dust by vacuuming wallpaper with the soft vacuum brush attachment using gentle pressure.
If you have moisture in your home and it has caused mold or mildew on your walls combine ¼ cup of chlorine bleach in one gallon of water. Don’t mix bleach with other cleaning chemicals as it causes toxic gas to form and you don’t want to breathe that stuff in. Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands and make sure there you have plenty of ventilation while you are cleaning. Open a window, run the vent fan or plug in a portable fan to help remove fumes.
If you plan on painting your walls and they are a little dusty just wipe them with a soft dry cloth and then paint. If you are painting and you have several areas that are slightly grimy and you want to clean them first do not use dish soap or laundry soap as these will leave a residue that will be resistant to paint.
If your walls are only slightly dirty you can mix Pine-Sol or spic and span with water by following the directions on the product and then spot cleaning. Again, don’t saturate walls you just want to spot clean. For walls in homes that have smoke or grease damage you may want or need to use a product such as Kilz as a primer first before you paint.
By spot cleaning dirty walls you can keep your home fresh and extend the life of paint on your walls.