General Cleaning: Walls
Wall cleaning is an easy way to improve the look of your property but it is very important that you are gentle and do not rush the job.
Things you will Need:
Contrary to popular belief you should not immediately jump on sugar soap products for wall cleaning [we will explain why below]. Most generic household cleaners like Spray and Wipe or soapy water will be fine for the sort of cleaning most people will be undertaking. Always perform a patch test before cleaning no matter what product you are using.
Miscellaneous rags, cloths and sponges:
You don’t need anything fancy for wall cleaning, sponges will prove sufficient. Avoid rough surfaced sponges or pads [scouring pads are to be avoided] as they are prone to damaging paint. Some people find using microfiber mops to access higher areas useful, but it comes down to preference in these cases.
Things to Keep in Mind:
Walls, of all the surfaces in the home, are the most prone to damage. Whether due to aging and degradation of the paint or simply due to over-enthusiastic cleaning attempts, walls can be scratched and chipped easily leading to costly repainting bills.
Before undertaking any cleaning it is important to do a ‘patch test’ to make sure your cleaning product is suitable. Find an inconspicuous patch of paint, apply the product lightly and gently wipe it away. If it causes any damage or for the paint to thin any discontinue use immediately.
It is also important that you are diligent when cleaning walls: any cracks or peeling has to be treated extremely carefully. Often if peeling paint is cleaned too vigorously it can loosen further and start to come off in clumps, leading to entire walls being left patchy.
It is also worth keeping an eye out for mould, as it often grows in bubbles underneath the paint, causing issues when the paint is cleaned. If a wall has a mould buildup that has gotten under the paint often the only way to remove it is by painting over it.
When it comes to using sugar soap beware: whilst it does help clean walls it can also leave it with a fine buildup. This is not an issue if the walls will be painted immediately [in fact it aids the process] but in domestic use it often leads to walls looking subpar and tends to require further cleaning to remove.
Cleaning the Walls:
When cleaning walls basic procedures are followed as you would with most surfaces but with more care taken to be gentle: apply the cleaning solution, allow to sit and gently work away with a regular sponge. Whether a full wall washdown or major mark removal the basic procedure is the same, just be careful not to accidentally remove paint.
With walls that are dirtier often major mark removal can lead to inconsistencies in the condition and appearance of the walls. In these cases it is necessary to clean the entire wall to even it out. Keep in mind this can be a large job before undertaking the cleaning.
How Often Should it be Done?
It depends on how prone your walls are to getting dirty, and also on the quality and type of paint used on the walls. Since walls are not particularly prone to getting dirty and the job can be considered one of the more difficult ones it may only be necessary annually for practicality reasons.
You can be sure that when the Keen To Clean staff visits your home, you will get 100% satisfaction from our wall cleaning service in all Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide suburbs. To book a cleaning day, please feel free to drop us a line at 1300-737978, 0425-758379 for 24/7 emergency cleaning, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are open from Mondays to Saturdays, 8AM till 6:30 PM, in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide.