How to Clean Wall for a Freshly Painted Look

Maybe you painted your walls not long ago and a few unsightly stains have appeared? This is so frustrating right? And you won’t want to spend money on a re-paint as you’ve only just had them done. The good news is, there are ways to get even the stubbornest stains off walls, if you know the right method and tools to use.

Different stains will need a different method to achieve success. And of course, you need to be careful to not actually remove your lovely fresh paint while cleaning. Read on to find the best removal methods for stains on walls.

General Dirt

Has your dirty pup got mess over the walls? Or have the walls just accumulated smudges over time? Stains can appear for many reasons and as dirt and dust builds up, stains may appear more prominent. Try this method to battle general wall stains;

  • Wipe down with a clean, dry cloth. This removes any surface dust and debris
  • Mix a cleaning solution in a bucket containing mild dish soap and warm water
  • Soak a microfibre cloth in the solution and wring out
  • Gently wipe over the stain until it disappears

Crayon, Ink and Pencil

Have the little ones gone wild drawing on the walls? If this has happened on your newly painted walls, first of all don’t panic. It’s actually easier than you think to remove crayon, ink and pencil stains. Here’s what to do;

  • If the crayon stain is fresh, it should wipe away easily with a baby wipe. If the stain has been left, simply use a cleaning eraser to remove the mark
  • Firstly, you need to lift as much of the ink stain out as possible. Do this by applying shaving foam to the stain and letting it sit for 5 minutes
  • Wipe the foam away with a clean, damp microfibre cloth
  • If any ink remains, clean it with nail polish remover and cotton
  • Use a clean white eraser to remove pencil stains. If pencil remains, use a damp microfibre cloth dipped in baking soda. Scrub the pencil marks lightly and rinse afterwards

Dried Kitchen Grease

Without realising it, kitchen grease from frying gets sprayed into the air and attaches to walls. Over time, this can give your white walls a yellow sheen which looks a bit shabby. This method will remove those greasy stains with ease;

  • Begin cleaning from the bottom of the wall up, not top down as this will avoid clean run marks on the wall
  • Remove as much built up grease from the wall as you can. Use a plastic spatula and gently chip away crusty areas
  • Mix a grease fighting cleaning agent like washing up liquid with warm water
  • Wipe the grease stains with a microfibre cloth
  • If the stains still remain, buy a commercial degreaser or call your local cleaning company for a professional home clean

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