If you notice that your walls are starting to look a little grimy or dirty, it’s a sign that they need to be cleaned. A lot of homeowners delay this task because they fear the paint on their walls will become damaged in the process; however, if you do it right, this will not be the case and you will be left with beautiful, clean walls.
Your first step should be figuring out the type of paint you have on your walls because certain ones are easier to clean than others. Knowing this information will ensure you wash your walls properly, so consult a professional if you’re not sure so that you don’t experience damage. This will inform you of the cleaning procedures that are considered safe and those that aren’t.
High or semi-gloss paints are very durable and are generally used in high traffic rooms that are used regularly. They are known to help make rooms feel bigger and clean because of their ability to reflect light, so if this is the type of paint you have on your walls, you will have an easy time cleaning them. You also need to consider the texture and durability of the paint because this matters as well. Glossier paints are generally more resilient because they are not porous, so the chances of damage are a lot less, even if you scrub. Matte paints, on the other hand, can become damaged more easily, so you need to know what you’re working with.
It is always a good idea to test a small portion of your wall first to confirm that cleaning won’t cause any damage. Test an area that is unnoticeable, like the back of a closet, for example, to see whether or not the paint holds up. If you see that it maintains its appearance after you scrub, you can proceed with peace of mind knowing you can safely remove the dirt without any negative effects. If you do notice any damage, you will have to find another cleaning method or apply a new, more durable coat of paint that is easier to clean.
It’s important to take the proper steps so that you clean your walls correctly and dusting should be done first. Use a microfiber cloth to trap dirt and dust particles and lay towels on the floor along your baseboards to protect them from drips. The use of water is always best, but if you feel like you need something stronger, you can mix dishwashing soap as well. Make sure you dry the area thoroughly once you’re done to prevent streaking.
Demiri Painting & Decorating can help you with all of your painting needs. We use the right equipment to provide you with professional results every time. We specialize in both residential and commercial painting, and our experience sets us apart. If you’re ready to freshen up your interior, give us a call now!