With so much time spent at home over the last few years, chances are you might have noticed more about the finer details, like grease marks and handprints along the walls. If this is the case for you, now is the perfect time to roll up your sleeves and get your home in tip top shape as things start to open up and return to normal. When you’re making your to-do list, here are our best tips on how to clean walls like a pro.

Dust Before Cleaning

Before you use any cleaning solution on the walls, start by dusting them. If you start with a damp sponge, it can create more work for you. Use a duster, cloth, vacuum or even a clean, dry paint brush along the baseboards, doors, trim and window frames. 

Test Cleaners Out First

A good rule of thumb is to spot test any cleaners on a surface before you use it extensively, particularly when it comes to any flat paint finishes. 

What is the Best Thing to Clean Walls With?

Certain surfaces can react differently to various cleaning solutions. If you’re wondering how do you clean walls without damaging paint, follow this guide below when tackling various walls and paint finishes:

For Semi-gloss Paint Based Surfaces

Semi-gloss paint finishes are typically used along hallways, stairways, in kitchens, bathrooms, and any high traffic areas because they are more durable to everyday living and mess. When it comes to cleaning these areas, you can use a cleaning solution or degreaser. Just make sure to use a softer sponge when cleaning. Even though it’s a tough type of paint, it’s still vulnerable to scratches.

For Eggshell, Satin, or Flat Paint Based Surfaces

In other areas of the home, there may be a flat, satin or eggshell based finish applied, usually along baseboards, doors and window trim. When cleaning these, it’s best to avoid using any chemical or commercial grade cleaners. Many of these contain ingredients that can be too harsh which can impact the paint. Stick with a mild solution such as dish soap, distilled white vinegar, and warm water. Use a soft sponge when scrubbing.

For Latex Based Surfaces

Latex surfaces can be delicate if abrasive cleaners are used. Stick with a mild dish soap, distilled white vinegar and warm water for this as well. 

For Oil Based Painted Surfaces

Oil based painted walls won’t react well to acid. So avoid using any vinegar. Instead, combine a little bit of dish soap with baking soda and warm water. As a mild abrasive, the baking soap will help cut through stubborn grime without impacting the paint.

For Stubborn Stains

Any stubborn stains like crayons, grease, or hand prints will likely need a little more attention to get rid of them. You can make this task easier by creating a paste with some baking soda and water.  If there’s pigmented stains on the walls, dab a small amount of hydrogen peroxide onto a clean, damp cloth and rub it into the stain. Wipe it off after five minutes.

Be Careful Around Outlets

When you’re cleaning the walls, make sure to have a towel or cloth nearby to wipe away any drips as you go. Be cautious when cleaning around or near any electrical outlets or cover them before you begin cleaning. 

Giving your home a thorough clean can take a lot of time and energy. Instead of wasting your down-time doing chores, let us take over the work for you. Contact us at UrbanMop to book a professional cleaning in Ottawa today!

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