What’s The Best Way To Clean Painted Walls Without Damaging Them?

This Is How Homeowners Keep Their Walls Clean And Beautiful Without Damaging The Paint

This isn’t as easy as 1-2-3. Using the wrong product or technique can damage the paint and make your wall look bad.

In this post, you can find out the best way to clean painted walls without damaging them. You can also discover what else to know before starting.

How to clean painted walls that are very dirty

What Else Should I Know Before Cleaning Painted Walls?

  • Don’t use cleaning products with ammonia. It can soften latex paint which makes it easier to damage.
  • Knowing the type of paint before you clean could be the difference between cleaning your walls and damaging them. Flat/matte and eggshell finishes are hard to clean. Scrubbing too much or too hard can damage the paint. You need to use a gentle hand or it can start peeling.  Satin, semi-gloss, and glossy paints are more durable. You’ll still not want to scrub too hard.

How To Clean Painted Walls The Best Way

1. Check the paint type and sheen

This is so you know just how hard and long you can scrub before possibly damaging the paint.

2. Grab 2 small buckets, towels, a duster, a sponge, a quarter cup of dish soap, warm water, and a non-ammoniated cleaner for tougher spots

These are all the tools and materials you should need to clean even the toughest of stains.

3. Clear the area in front of where you’re cleaning

This makes getting to the area that needs cleaning much easier. It also helps keep those things from getting splashed.

4. Lightly dust the area

This helps the water and cleaning solution do a better job.

5. Line the area below with towels

This protects the floor or carpet from getting wet.

6. Fill one pail with warm water

You can start trying to clean the painted wall with just warm water and a sponge first. The sponge should be damp, not soaking wet.

7. Fill the other pail with warm water and a quarter cup of dish soap

If the warm water doesn’t work, it’s time to kick it up a level. Dish soap can take care of a lot of impurities without damaging the paint.

8. Lightly scrub your walls with the soapy water from the bottom up

Going from the bottom up helps prevent streaking. The water doesn’t drip as much this way, which can cause streaking. If the water does drip, it’s onto damp areas and not dry ones.

9. Gently wash with a damp rag dipped in warm water

Use the rag and warm water to clean the dish soap off of your painted walls. You don’t want the dish soap leaving a residue behind.

10. Lightly dry

Dab the wet spots with a dry rag until your walls are dry.

11. Use the non-ammoniated cleaner if necessary

If the dish soap doesn’t work, then it’s time to go to the last level for the best way to clean painted walls. The non-ammoniated cleaner should get rid of most blemishes. Use it, then wash the area with a damp rag, then lightly dry.