How To Clean Your Walls
One of the hardest areas to clean at home is actually the walls. It’s such a tricky and specific surface, that most people simply ignore it. However, the walls get dirty too. There is dust, grime and bacteria stuck on them like onto a magnet. A regular dusting of the walls is not that hard, but it’s not enough for maintaining good looking walls and wall coverings. Here are some of the ways in which you can clean them and prolong their life.
If you have wall coverings made of fabric, especially vinyl-coated ones, it won’t be hard to clean them from stains. You can wipe them gently with a damp sponge. Use waters and suds, but first test this on a hidden area, somewhere closer to the floor or behind a piece of furniture. Water could stain some coverings, so make sure you’ve tested it first.
Remember to dust fabric wall coverings from time to time. You can use a duster, a clean cloth or the dusting attachment on the vacuum cleaner. If there are stains on the fabric walls covernings, wash them with a soft bristle brush or a sponge, using soap or a mild detergent. For trouble spots, look for a special remover. Delicate fabrics are harder to treat – you will need a few tablespoons of bleach and water to rub with. After cleaning, dry the area with a clean cloth.
If you have a fireplace or a wooden stove at home, the deposit in the air will go straight to your walls, which will become sooty and stained with time. This is hard to clean, because of the grease soil. You will need a commercial remover that is alkaline. Be careful with too strong solutions which can damage the finish of your walls.
Most people never think of washing their painted walls, when in fact all they need is a mixture made of a gallon of warm water and a tablespoon of trisodium phosphate. Use a sponge to apply this solution and don’t forget to change the water regularly. You can use the same cleaning solution for woodwork too. Be careful with the phosphate, which can damage the paint and remove it. Other products you can use to remove greasy stains from your walls include washing soda, ammonia or laundry detergent. Just a small amount of these added to warm water can be enough to rub off the nasty stains. When cleaning the walls using alkaline ingredients, wear gloves to protect your skin. Be careful not to spill any of this solution on the floor and other surfaces.
One of the best ways to remove pencil marks, smudges, spots and fingermarks from your painted walls is by using an art rubber – don’t rub too hard though. For grease spots place a white paper towel on the stained area and press with a warm iron. This way the grease will be absorbed by the towel. If you have vinyl wall coverings, you can easily scrub them with an all-purpose cleaner or a foam cleanser. Avoid abrasive cleaners or scouring powders. Vinyl wall coverings are perfect for rooms that are used a lot, such as the children’s room and the kitchen where most of the grease stains happen. Don’t ignore the walls and once a year try to do some spot treating.