No Wallflowers Here! How to Clean Your Walls

With or without children, walls get dusty and dirty too – and if they’re in the kitchen or near a fireplace, even more so.

When cleaning a wall it’s always best to use a white cloth or sponge. This is just a precaution, as a coloured cloth could leave traces of colour on your wall.

Painted Walls

Walls can best be dusted using a swivel head flat mop to access high places. A microfibre head can be used firstly dry (to attract dust particles), then wet to remove greasy marks with little or no chemicals. Always start at the bottom and work your way up the wall.

Major wall cleaning requires two buckets. One with a gentle cleaning solution and the other with clean water for rinsing. Simply give a manageable area of the wall a good wipe over with the cleaning solution, then wipe it clean with a cloth from the clean water bucket. Rinse your cloth out regularly.

Check first that the paint is washable in a hidden or out of the way corner of the room.

Many cheaper paints or those with flat surfaces are not really washable. If you use a cleaning product or scrub too hard you may end up removing the paint.

Don’t forget to clean light switches and door handles more regularly. A little vinegar is good for this, which, when rubbed over with a damp cloth will both clean and disinfect.

Tiled Walls

Mould can build up on walls and tiled surfaces where it gets steamy. Think bathrooms and laundries in particular.

This can easily be removed using a dedicated mould cleaner or bleach to tackle the job. These are generally very strong products though, so always test a small area before getting stuck in.

A combination of two sponges, one soaked in vinegar, the other dusted with bicarb, is a gentle way to clean tiles. Use your sponges like the Karate Kid, and with a sponge in each hand simply wipe on then wipe off.

Constant mould is generally caused by poor ventilation. Check the vent in your exhaust fan because if it’s clogged with dust, its effectiveness will be greatly reduced. To clean an exhaust fan, gently remove the vent cover and brush it clean outdoors. It’s also worth giving it a quick wash in soapy water before refitting it.

Wallpapered Walls

Many types of older wallpapers are not suitable for washing. The colours used in the print process can run badly if you’re not careful.

If this applies to you, dust your walls with a microfibre cloth over a flat mop, and try commercially available ‘wallpaper dough’ for soiled areas. Otherwise you can damp-mop it as you would a painted wall.

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