How long has it been since you cleaned your walls? hhmmm? Do you know HOW to clean your walls?
No worries, I have the answers for YOU!
My sister Jody, who is the queen of clean is back with another installment in the LOST ART OF CLEANING series. This post is all about how to clean walls. It’s not difficult if you know the tricks, and Jody shares hers with us.
One way she makes this chore SIMPLE is with her brilliant idea, and seriously, why didn’t I think of it first? Click on over and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
AND, I share readers tips and answer questions from you at the end of this post so make sure to stay till the end:)
To begin, you will need these basic supplies:
SO many of you asked about what the sweeper was Jody was using, we finally tracked her down and found out what it was!
OR something like the SwifferOther supplies you will need:
Pine-Sol makes your whole house smell amazing!
Ammonia great for disinfecting and getting rid of odors as you clean
Mr. Magic Eraser I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these! I use them ALL the time. I’d marry them….but you know, lol
Cleaning Cloths These are microfiber, thick and should last through lots of cleaning
Jody: Walls are a big part of deep cleaning.
- It is best if you first move all of the furniture away from the walls in the room that you are cleaning.
- Take down pictures and have the walls completely bare.
- When I clean walls I do it by room. So if you are starting in the living or family room, I first move all of the furniture such as couches and chairs away from walls so you have full access, from the ceiling to floor, for easy cleaning.
I prefer Pine-Sol (1/4 cup Pine-Sol to 1 gal of water= to your preference)
Ammonia. (1 cup of Ammonia to 1 gallon of water = to your preference)
Take off the Cleaning Cloths and rinse periodically as needed so you have a clean cloth to work with.
I start at the top edge of one wall and go across the top with my Casabella Quick Sweeper I just brush down half way until I have a big chunk of the wall clean, then I do the bottom half, and move over and repeat.
Continue this all the way around the room.
or Pine-Sol solution that you have chosen to use. Dont’ forget the electrical plugs.Be sure to clean around the doors, door jams and any other stationary fixtures on the walls.For black scuffs on your walls I do like Mr. Magic Erasers, however it can take the gloss out of your glossy and semi gloss paint on your wall. Meaning you can see every spot you have cleaned. I avoid using on walls that are not white. Test on an inconspicuous spot to see how a Mr. Magic Erasers will work on your paint before using on a main area as this is not the case on all paint.
You will love the feel and the smell of your home once you are finished the walls! Thank you Jody! I sure appreciate your help getting our walls clean and homes in order:)
The product ratio is recommended by PineSol to use 1/4 cup of Pine Sol to 1 Gallon of water. Recommended by HowStuffWorks the recipe is: Mix 1⁄2 cup vinegar, 1 cup clear ammonia, 1⁄4 cup baking soda, and 1 gallon warm water. Caution: Wear rubber gloves, and work in a well-ventilated area when using this powerful solution. (http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/household-hints-tips/cleaning-organizing/how-to-clean-your-walls-and-ceilings.htm–
*Be sure to begin at the bottom and work towards the top to avoid drips
Mary shares: In our family we use a cleaning mixture of baking soda, ammonia and vinegar added to a gallon of the hottest water your hands can handle, although using rubber gloves is advised because ammonia can be harsh on sensitive skin. This mixture all but cleans by itself, so be careful where you set your rag down. It is advisable so rinse the walls after washing and you will notice they are even more clean if you do rinse. this is safe for painted surfaces, and some of us have tried it on other surfaces as well. Try it on patio furniture, tires, kids play equipment kitchen cupboards, the possibilities are endless although I would not use it on wall paper, wood furniture or laminate surfaces. The precise measurements can be found on arm & hammer baking soda and bo peep ammonia. Try it, you will be AMAZED!!! Oh, it leaves such a fresh, clean smell to your home, you will look forward to spring cleaning! :)
Angela Shares: I keep a bag of “CLEAN” mismatched or damaged socks, at all times and use these for both cleaning furniture and as a generic Swiffer® Sweeper® Floor Mop. I take a few of them and layer them over each other so I get a nice thick cleaning pad, which takes off more gunk off the walls without having to go over the same thing twice. I have a bag in the laundry room that I just toss socks with holes or are fading in their color or got too small. FOR FURNITURE I take two socks and put them on my hand like I am making a sock puppet and then spray my furniture polish on to the socks instead of on the furniture because I feel it gives it a deeper and a buffed shine.
Sara asked me: Any tips for dealing with textured walls? I think the builder was going for “orange peel” but ended up with “rub your skin on this wall and bleed.” It tends to destroy paper products and tear towels after prolonged use. :(
My answer: Those heavy textured walls are really difficult I know we used to have them when our kids were young and getting crayon out of them was really a chore…the easiest solution would be an air compressor to blow out all the dirt and a power washer to clean the walls. But, since that would really be a mess, here’s some tips for you: Use the brush attachment on your vacuum and clean the walls getting in all the cracks and crevices really good to get the dust so you don’t have mud when you wash. Then get two buckets. One with clean water and one with warm water with a little bit of all-purpose cleaner or even mild dish soap. Now, put on an old cotton sock on your hand. This will clean without leaving bits and pieces on the wall like a sponge will. Now dip into the soapy bucket and begin at the BOTTOM of the wall and give it a good wash; working towards the top. If you want, or need, get in there with a soft bristled scrub brush, tooth brush or even finger nail brush if there are some tough areas. The reason you want to start at the bottom is because of the drips from this type of cleaning; this just makes life so much easier and the drips are easily caught. USING EVEN STOKES OF YOUR CLOTH, BEGIN AT THE BOTTOM AND GO TO THE TOP TO PREVENT STREAKS. Now, after the washing, comes the rinsing. Rinse out your sock really well and repeat the process, but with clean water, again with the bottom of the wall first, working towards the top. AGAIN, USING EVEN STOKES OF YOUR CLOTH, BEGIN AT THE BOTTOM AND GO TO THE TOP TO PREVENT STREAKS.
Linda asked: I live in an old house with real wood paneling at least 50 years old. What is the best way to clean them? The ceilings are paneled as well. I want them to gleam!
I replied: I haven’t had to work with wood paneling in quite a few years, since I was a young teenage actually, so I can’t say I’m an expert in any fashion. I searched a bit and I think I found you a really credible website with some terrific information that should help you in several ways in dealing with wood paneling. The link I found is: http://www.housecleaningcentral.com/en/cleaning-tips/living-area/clean-wood-paneling.html I hope this helps
Christine asked: How often would you suggest wall cleaning?
I replied: A good guide is spring and fall. Weekly or at least twice a month, if you have kids, or a lot of people coming in and out, I like to use the magic erasers (make sure to test in a non-conspicuous area and follow manufacturers instructions), a pail of water with a bit of vinegar in it and wipe the high traffic areas and get all the finger prints, marks and goo off to keep it nice and clean appearing. Even if I can’t paint often, or have ‘NICE, Expensive’ things in my home, if it’s clean – or pretty clean, lol, (it’s good to be able to feel like you live in a home, you don’t want a museum atmosphere, that’s for sure) I find I’m more comfortable and so are those who come to visit.