The walls of the house are often overlooked when cleaning. At least for those who do not have children at home and do not have to worry about scratches, crayons or pens. Despite this, even if you bet on darker shades for the paint on the walls, it is advisable to clean it a few times.
Of course, some daily care will help prevent the walls from becoming grimy and you can do a lighter cleaning every day or at least once a week. At that point you may be wondering what the best technique would be or if any product could be used to remove dirt from the walls.
Learn how to do this, leaving the walls clean and without damaging the paint:
How to clean dirty wall: preparation
When painting the walls of the house, wrap in washable paint. Thus, you have more freedom with the products that can be used for cleaning, without the risk of spoiling the paint.
Before starting to clean, identify which type of paint was used in the painting. If it was you who made it, it will be easier to find out, now if you believe that common wall paint was used just use products like neutral detergent, water and sponge, to avoid problems with fading.
For the washable paints, use the same material: neutral detergent, water and a sponge or cloth. And if the wall was painted with epoxy paint, which is more resistant, you can use solvent-based products without fear of ruining the paint.
Walls with water-based paint can not be rubbed, then wipe clean with mild detergent every day to keep them clean.
How to clean dirty wall step by step
Check out the step by step for daily, deep cleaning, wallpaper, masonry and how to remove stains:
Daily you can already have some care that will prevent the walls from getting dirty, making it easier on the day of heavy cleaning. Realize some risk done by children, clean immediately with water and neutral detergent or other specific products (check more on the topic stains).
The same holds true for liquids that are dropped on the walls and any signs of mold you notice. The sooner you clean, the better. If there was no accident, basic cleaning can be done with a damp cloth and water and mild detergent.
No need to get soaked, just moisten. First wipe a broom wrapped in a dry cloth to remove the cobwebs. Then wrap the damp cloth on the broom or squeegee and run the length of the wall. Leave the room airy with windows and doors open to ensure that the wall dries well.
For deeper cleaning, start by removing any stain. Check out the "stains" topic below to see what you can do to make it easier. Then prepare a bucket with water and detergent and soak a sponge in the solution.
Rub all over the wall. Unless paint used for paint is water based. In this case it is advisable to gently sponge, without rubbing or squeezing. If it is very dirty and has not been painted with water-based paint, put a cup of white vinegar in a bucket of warm water, soak the sponge in the mixture and pass on the wall.
Wallpaper also needs cleaning, but wager on substances that do not damage it or cause it to peel off the wall. First remove the dust with the help of a vacuum cleaner or a broom wrapped in a cloth.
Then prepare a bucket of warm water with a little detergent. If the coating is vinyl can use warm water and white vinegar. Dip a soft cloth or sponge into the mixture and gently rub the wallpaper.
Both blends help remove stains and mold the wallpaper.
If the wall has not yet been painted and is only masonry, you should start cleaning by wiping a broom all the way to remove any dirt. Prepare a mixture of water and detergent and start washing the wall from top to bottom, thus avoiding water stains.
The stains can be the big problem of the walls. Most of the dirt claims on this piece of the house are tied to fat, blood marks and the famous scratches done by children.
For each type of stain is indicated:
1. Hand marks
Hand marks, when caused by ordinary dirt (hands dirty with dirt or dust, for example) can be resolved with baking soda. Just put a little on a dry sponge and pass on the wall.
To remove fat stains you should prepare a paste of baking soda. Just mix it with a little warm water to get the paste. Apply on the stain and rub with the help of a soft cloth or sponge. Both dry. If the fat stain is more resistant, prepare a mixture of vinegar and water and rub in that part of the wall.
3. Pencils, chalk or pen
If children have been showing off their talent for the arts using the wall as canvas, you can solve this problem easily. For the pencil, an eraser already helps, but for chalk or pen, toothpaste, moist handkerchief or a damp sponge with a little baking soda.
The stains were caused by ballpoint pen? Pass acetone or shaving cream in the region. Scrub a little and that's it, the wall will be clean.
Water and soap is not a useful blend to get mold out of the wall. Instead, take a spray bottle and put a quart of water. Then add a tablespoon of vinegar. Spray on the stain, let it act and wipe with a cloth to remove the mildew.
Bloodstains should be cleaned as soon as they happen. But if you did not notice you take a flexible rod, soak in the hydrogen peroxide and apply it on the dried blood on the wall. Do not scrub and do not use cloths or sponges to spread the stain.
7. No switch stains
Switches may also get stained, but unlike walls, you can not use water or any liquid product to clean them. Apply a little baking soda and rub with a dry sponge.
How to clean dirty wall: care
For cleaning the walls last longer and to avoid damaging the dye during this task you should:
1. Do not allow dirt to accumulate
The more you let the dirt accumulate on the walls the harder it will be to clean up afterwards. The ideal is to do at least one weekly cleaning by passing a broom with cloth on all the walls of the house.
2. Immediate spot cleaning
The stains are great enemies of the clean walls. But accidents happen and even if you want your wall always clean, the stains will appear. The secret is to clean up immediately. Be it liquids, pen ink or pen or blood.
3. Bet on washable paint
Washable paint is a great ally when it comes to cleaning the walls of the house. If you are going to retire or have not passed the first ink, bet on that option. You can remove the dirt more easily and without the need to rub or need stronger products.
4. Prefer water-based pens for children
Are there kids at home? Know that at some point they will want to use the walls to test their talent for the arts. Since you can not control them all the time, give water-based pens so they can play.
So if the joke comes out of the paper and ends up on the walls you will not suffer as much at the time of erasing the drawings.
5. Avoid some chemicals
Chemicals hardly get along well with wall paint. You may end up staining the color or even removing the paint. Avoid solvents, removers, multipurpose and any type of abrasive product.
Solvents, or in the case solvent-based products, are only indicated for those who bet on epoxy paint to paint the walls of the house.
6. Keep the airy environment
Keeping the house airy is a very important tip. Especially for those who have been dealing with mold on the walls. The fungi that cause mildew like humid environments, so try to keep the house always airy with doors and windows open.
If there are no sunbathing spaces, use products that help reduce humidity, such as those that are placed inside the wardrobe.
See how cleaning walls is not such a complicated task? Just be patient, know the paint used and remove the stains as soon as they happen. The more you bet on daily wall cleaning the less risk you have to suffer and even need the heavy cleaning.
Vale reminds that in addition to cleaning the walls, from time to time it is recommended to renew the dye of the environments, to give new life to the space and also ensure a wall free of dirt.