Once you’ve got gorgeous freshly painted walls, you’ll want to keep them looking that way. When you dust the walls with a microfiber dusting cloth or use a soft-bristled vacuum attachment, you’ll remove dust and dirt and prevent build-up over time. However, to maintain the freshly painted look, you will want to give your walls a good wipe down at least once or twice a year.
Wipe Your Walls Down Every Two Years
If you need to clean your walls, consider the type of paint before you apply anything. Not all paint is equally washable. If you have latex paint on your walls, you should avoid any harsh chemicals, as some chemical cleaners can damage paint finishes. Oil-based paint should be fine with some chemical cleaners, as it’s a sturdier paint. A simple solution of vinegar and water is great for washing your walls as part of regular maintenance. You should also avoid using scrubbers, as these can leave scratches or marks on your walls. Stick to soft sponges or cloths when you wipe down your walls.
If a stain or mark on the wall doesn’t come off with your vinegar and water solution or with soap and water, a cleaning eraser may be the answer. Be sure to test it out on a small spot on your wall before you scrub a larger area. However, some specific kinds of stains are trickier to deal with than others. These might require special techniques to remove.
How to Remove Oil/Grease Stains
It sounds simple, but when dealing with oil or grease stains, the first step should be dish soap and water. Dish soap is designed to cut through grease but is still gentle enough on paint to keep walls safe.
How to Remove Stickers
Kids love stickers and really love sticking them on every surface possible. Once they’ve been stuck to a wall, they can be tough to remove without causing damage to the paint. It takes a few steps, but it can be done! First, gently try to peel it off; start at one corner and work your way around until you hit a spot that doesn’t easily lift off. If there are still parts of the sticker left on the wall, use a hairdryer on the low or medium setting to heat the glue. This will make it easier to get the rest of the sticker off. It will loosen the adhesive and allow it to wipe off.
How to Remove Pencil Marks
If you notice pencil marks on your wall, the first step is easy – simply try to erase it with a pencil eraser. If this doesn’t work, rub the spot gently with a cleaning eraser sponge. For extra stubborn marks, dip the corner of a damp cloth in baking soda, then gently rub it along the mark.
If you have an extremely stubborn stain that won’t come off, you may have to paint over it. Depending on the condition of the paint on the walls, you may be able to get away with just a quick touchup. However, you might also find that it’s better to just repaint the entire wall. If you have a wall stain that you need to paint over, we’re happy to take a look at it for you.