The thought that you need to clean your walls might not come to you often, but doing so makes a huge difference and contributes to your entire house looking better. It will also be a money-saving venture down the road as this will prolong the life of your paint job. Regardless of how recent, or not, your walls last received a fresh coat of paint, a little hygienic effort will often keep them spotless and fresh. Newly painted walls, in particular, do not require that much work. A little dusting, elbow grease or spot stain removal, is often sufficient washing for the walls.
Keeping your walls spotless will make that new paint job last longer. It will also keep the walls clear of dirt, and your house will look better. Here is how to you can keep the dirt off those freshly painted walls:
Determine the paint type.
Different types of paint have different durability. Consequently, different methods will be needed with the different paint varieties. For instance, satin or eggshell paint does not handle washing and scrubbing too well. On the other hand, semi and high-gloss paints can be scrubbed pretty vigorously without any damage to the coat.
Dust the walls first
Newly painted walls rarely require soap and water. Often, simply dusting the walls with a feather duster or the duster attachment that comes with a vacuum cleaner will suffice. However, be gentle at first before you determine what the wall can withstand.
Get rid of the stains.
Dusting and vacuuming might fail to remove smudge marks and other tougher stains. Elbow grease helps out a lot with such kind of stains. However, poor workmanship and not having the correct supplies might cause fade spots on the paint. For this reason, always start with the gentlest supplies at hand; natural sponges and water would be good enough. Colored sponges are discouraged as they can deposit dye onto walls of lighter colors. When water alone fails to handle stubborn stains, warm water and mild detergent should be sufficient to deal with the stain.
Be gentle with the scrubbing.
Gentle scrubbing with a non-abrasive washing item such as a soft sponge is advised. Scrubbing your walls vigorously is unnecessary as most dirt on painted walls comes off easily. Furthermore, when using soap, ensure you start with a little to see how the walls react to it. The less the amount you use, the better.
Clean your walls right
Always begin from the bottom up. You should, also, alternate between the wet, soapy sponge and the wet, dirt free sponge. Additionally, separate buckets will be required for both sponges to ensure the rinsing water remains dirt free. Not having sufficient rinsing water causes soapy residue be left behind. It also causes new dirt and grime, clinging to the soapy water to be left behind. Be advised, also, to rub gently and in a circular motion. Ensure you also wring water out of the sponges well to avoid drips. Furthermore, work on sections at a time with small breaks in between to keep fatigue at bay.
Finally, dry each section, as you complete it, using a soft cloth. Doing so will give your walls an extra shine. It will also ensure any dirt particles that were left behind after rinsing are eliminated.