Refresh and Clean your Walls
Weather your walls are painted or with wallpaper, they all need to be cleaned every now and then. They are an important part of the house: if they look good, the rooms are glowing, if not – the whole house is ruined. Walls are exposed to a variety of smears and smudges. Fingermarks are common as well, especially if you have small children at home.
No matter what your case is, you surely want to keep your walls gleaming for as long as possible. Here we will show you how you can keep them clean and refreshed using the following tips.
- Natural sponge (not colored)
- White cleaning cloths
- Lamb’s wool duster
Before you begin, you need to know that cleaning painted walls is a lot of work. You had better remove all the furniture that is next to the walls and cover the floor with an old canvas or sheet to keep it out of soapy drips. What you have to be aware of is that the fabric needs to be one that can absorb water. For this reason plastic tarps are not good to use.
Begin by dusting the wall in the first place. Use a stool to reach the highest parts. A good idea is to use a vacuum cleaner that has bristle brush head to remove all the cobwebs and dust on the walls.
Next, prepare a solution of a few drops of dishwashing detergent and 4 liters warm water. Stir well. This solution can help you clean normal soiled walls.
If your walls are more heavily soiled, use a solution of 4 liters of warm water, one cup of washing soda, one cup of white vinegar and one cup of clear ammonia.
You need another bucket filled with clean water. You are going to use it for rinsing.
Soak a sponge into the solution and wipe the wall. Begin at the bottom and work your way to the top. Also go side-to-side. Make sure you wipe the entire wall. Never leave a wall half-washed. If you need to take a break, make sure it is between walls. Else, you may cause wash marks.
Before you start cleaning your wallpaper, always check manufacturer’s instructions. Every wallpaper is different and therefore needs to be treated individually. If you want to avoid ruining your wall, read carefully manufacturer’s guidelines for the most suitable cleaning method.
Always use a lamb’s wool duster to wipe the dust from the wallpaper.
If your wallpaper is washable or scrubbable you can clean it with a solution of liquid detergent and warm water. Soak a natural sponge into the mixture and make sure you squeeze the remaining water. You need it to be slightly dampened. Not soaking. Always test the solution onto a small area before applying to the entire wallpaper.
Art gum erasers are very useful for removing smudges and fingermarks. Don’t apply too much pressure when rubbing, however, or you may damage the surface.
If your wallpaper is old and noncoated, don’t use moisture. You can rub lightly a dry sponge against the surface. Dry sponges can be bought from any hardware store. Use long strokes to get rid of the dirt.
CAUTION! Do NOT use abrasive cleaners to wash your wallpaper. You risk scratching and damaging the surface.
July Minor is blogger who has a lot of experience with cleaning. She works in a company which offers flat cleaning in catford and she has seen a lot of different places and can share cool ideas for refreshment.