How to Clean White Walls in 6 Easy Steps
If you want a modern and timeless feel in any room in your home, consider painting the walls white. For one thing, the white walls immediately make the space bigger and brighter.
Plus, with a blank canvas to build on, you can incorporate virtually any style (or color) of furniture and décor into your space.
As Instagram-worthy as cool white walls, pay attention - they demand their fair share of maintenance.
As with anything light in color, over time your white walls will accumulate dirt and signs of wear. But with the right strategies, you can keep your space as new as the day you first painted it.
See how to clean white walls effectively, step by step, according to the experts.
How often should you clean the white walls?
According to NeJame, white walls generally require a thorough cleaning every six months or so; that's when they start to accumulate noticeable dirt and debris.
If you have children or animals that litter your space, you may want to clean the white walls more often. Still, NeJame says, most homeowners don't clean the walls as often as you might think.
Common signs of white walls that need cleaning include:
- visible dust on the walls
- Scratches on the walls
- Dirt on the walls
- Cobwebs in the corners where the walls meet the ceiling
Of course, you don't need to wait for a semi-annual cleaning or any of these signs to appear. NeJame recommends using your common sense when renovating your walls.
Things you need
To effectively clean your white walls, you will need a few tools:
- A mop or vacuum brush
- Dry mop (optional)
- Microfiber cloth (optional)
- Magic rubber (optional)
- Non-abrasive sponge
- Mild liquid soap
- Warm water
How to clean white walls
Step 1: start with a blank sheet
Before you start cleaning, be sure to start with a blank canvas. Remove anything that may be hanging on the wall and set it aside. (Now is a good time to dust them off if you want to go further.)
Step 2: dust from top to bottom
Dirt isn't the only enemy when you're restoring your white walls to their sparkling state. Before washing, dust the walls from the ceiling down.
You can use any type of duster, even a microfiber cloth, but NeJame suggests using the vacuum brush for a more thorough cleaning. If you don't have a mop, try a dry mop wrapped in a clean, soft cloth.
With the chosen tool, remove the dust from top to bottom, taking care not to scratch the wall with the hard parts of the mop or vacuum cleaner.
Step 3: create your cleaning solution
Now for the fun part: grab a bucket and fill it with a gallon of warm (not hot) water. Next, NeJame recommends adding a little mild detergent.
You won't need as much as you think. "Actually, less soap is better because it will help you rinse the soap off well after you're done," she says. The soap residue left on the wall ends up attracting dirt later on. "
Step 4: local test
To avoid accidentally damaging the walls or paint, test a small, inconspicuous area of the wall with the soap solution.
Try washing a part of the walls that are normally hidden behind a sofa or a painting; NeJame says you want to make sure your soap and water solution doesn't damage the pigment or gloss of the paint.
Varela recommends waiting a few hours after the test to see if the paint is damaged.
Soft paints and eggshells are particularly prone to smudging and discoloration, she says.
Step 5: Clean the walls
Dip a cloth or sponge into the liquid and wring it well so that it is damp but not soggy, which will prevent watermarks and ink bubbles.
Then wash the walls gently in sections, using circular motions. Since the water will drip while cleaning, it is best to start at the top of the wall and clear your way down.
Step 6: do the detailed work
After thoroughly cleaning the actual walls, you can also use the sponge to clean the baseboards and trim.
If you can still see marks or dirt in any area of your wall, this is where melamine foam (also known as magic rubber) comes in handy.
Simply moisten the foam, squeeze out excess water, and gently rub it into affected areas. Do not overdo it, as the abrasiveness of the foam can damage the wall finish.
We hope you enjoy watching this video about how to clean white walls:
Source: The Home Depot
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