How Often Do You Wash Your Walls? It Offers Real Benefits for Your Interior Paint

Posted by Sam Sundeleaf on Tuesday, January 12, 2016

tips for cleaning walls

When you spill ketchup on your favorite shirt, or get mud on your socks after a jog in the rain, do you call it a loss and throw them out? Maybe, in some extreme cases.

Most of the time, however, you probably just put them in the wash. The dirt (or ketchup) is rinsed out, they dry, and your clothing is ready for action again.

This same idea can really be applied to your walls. While we are bigger fans of fresh interior paint than anyone we know, we also understand that there is more to a bright and beautiful wall than new paint alone. Adding a good cleaning regimen to your to-do list can work wonders.

Why Clean Your Walls?

If your paint was applied recently, a regular washing will help to keep that “just painted” look. After all, there’s a lot working against your walls, including:

  • Dirt
  • Dust
  • Grime and airborne residue from cooking
  • Streaking in high-moisture areas (especially bathrooms)
  • Hand smudges
  • Stains
  • ...and more!

Even if your paint is far from new, a good cleaning might restore a surprising amount of freshness. And, a clean wall means stronger, healthier, and longer-lasting paint.

How Do You Clean Walls Without Damaging Your Paint?

This is a great question!

First, avoid cleaners with bleach; harsh products like these can cause streaking and damage. The key is to do as little as possible to get the job done. In other words, begin the process very gently, and if a stain or smudge won’t budge you can begin to use more cleaning force.

Begin by simply vacuuming your walls with the bristled, hand-held attachment. This removes those surface layers of dust and corner cobwebs that might be hiding out (it happens to all of us, no matter how clean your home is!).

After dusting, here are a couple of products to try:

  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser - These work beautifully for removing smudges and handprints in a gentle, non-abrasive way.
  • Fill a pail with a warm solution of water and mild dish detergent. Using a soft sponge, this combination can work wonders for your walls. Just remember, start slowly and wash gently.

Choose a Washable Interior Paint

If it is time for new paint, talk with your painting professional about choosing a product that can stand up to washing. This is especially helpful in high-traffic areas like kitchens, bathrooms, entryways, or down hallways where shoulders and bags can bump and scuff the paint. Higher-gloss options are typically best, offering a less-porous, more durable finish.

Can we help with your project? The Sundeleaf Painting team would love to guide you through the process, picking the perfect paint to meet your specific needs.

Sundeleaf Painting, Inc.
2037 SE Ochoco Street
Portland, Oregon 97222
(503) 236-9797

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