Great Way for Cleaning Dirty Walls and Wallpaper
Daily living tends to deposit smudges, smears, and fingermarks (especially if there are small children in the household), marring the beauty of walls and woodwork. In our home, we have lots of “ball” marks– football, basketball, nerf balls, ping pong balls– you name the ball, we have the mark!Painted or papered, keep walls clean and gleaming with these tips for wall cleaning and maintenance.How to clean painted wallsOn your mark, get set, prep! Cleaning painted walls is a big job, so be prepared. Push furniture to the center of the room, and lay down old sheets or canvas drop cloths to catch soapy drips. Superior, CO 80027 upholstery cleaning. Avoid plastic tarps; they don't absorb water and become slippery when wet. Cover picture nails with a chunk of household sponge. This will protect your hands and remind you where pictures belong.
Get your wall-washing tools together:
lamb's wool duster.
white cleaning cloths.
a natural sponge (avoid colored sponges, since they can deposit dyes on light-colored walls).
1st bucket: filled with cleaning solution.
2nd bucket: filled with clear water for rinsing.
Rubber gloves or washing-up gloves protect your hands; be sure to turn up glove cuffs to help contain drips.
A step stool: makes it easier to get to the high reaches for easy cleaning; stools with handles keep wall cleaning sessions safe.Ready to CleanIn one bucket, mix a wall-cleaning solution. For normal soil levels, try a mild detergent solution to clean walls that consists of:
· 1 gallon (4 liters) warm water, to which you add
· a good squeeze of liquid dishwashing detergent
For more heavily soiled walls, you'll need a stronger alkali solution, but spot-test any cleaning mixture first to ensure it won't remove or lighten paint. Add all of the following to your bucket and give it a good stir before you start:
· 1 gallon (4 liters) warm water
· 1 cup (250ml) washing soda (borax)
· 1 cup (250ml) clear non sudsing ammonia
· 1 cup (250ml) white vinegar
The second bucket should hold clean water, to be used for rinsing. If it starts to look very dirty as you work around the room, change the water. Superior CO 80027 upholstery cleaning.Ditch the DustDust is always easier to remove than mud, so remove any loose dust before bringing moisture into the mix. Wiping walls and woodwork from the top down, circle the room with the lambswool duster. Take the duster outside and spin the handle between your palms to release the dust.
To remove dust and cobwebs from walls and woodwork, use a vacuum cleaner's extension wand and bristle brush head (used for upholstery).
Bottoms UpDrips are inevitable when washing walls. Should they run down dry, dirty surfaces, they'll dry-and create long muddy stains.
Illogical sounding tip: Avoid drip issues by washing walls from the bottom up. Yes, you'll drip onto already-cleaned areas, but the solution will be a quick swipe with a sponge, not a tough cleaning job.
Dip the natural sponge into the bucket of cleaning solution, and rub the wall gently to avoid removing paint. Work in small areas, washing and then using the sponge to rinse the area with clear water. Last, blot excess moisture with white cleaning cloths.
MOST IMPORTANT TIP OF ALL!: Take It to the EndWhen washing walls, always wash the entire wall, bottom to top and side-to-side. If you need a breather, take it between walls, not in the middle. Stopping the job before you finish the entire wall can cause "wash marks": a wave effect caused by stop-and-go wall washing. Avoid this by washing an entire wall in a single session, using the same type and strength of cleaning solution.