How to Make Your Interior Paint Last Longer; Tips to Wash & Clean Painted Walls Properly in Camarillo, CA
After investing in interior painting services from McKay’s Painting, the fresh new look for your home is quite a sight. While you enjoy the appealing nature of the crisply painting walls, wanting to keep them in optimal condition not only better preserves the paint, but enhances the aesthetic appeal as well. By controlling the dust and debris from influencing the overall appearance, you are also providing added benefits to your newly painted walls. With that in mind, we at McKay’s Painting would like to offer some tips and advice on keeping your painted walls clean.
How to Wash & Clean Painted Walls
1) Dusting Painted Walls. Before any serious cleaning takes place, the first step is to remove the surface of dust and cob webs the walls may have collected. There are a few options to achieving this; vacuum hose with a brush attachment works best, a soft bristle brush or broom, a dust mop, or a microfiber cloth can effectively clean off the surfaces of your walls. All dust and cob webs should be efficiently removed for moving on to the other steps.
2) Removing Stains & Blemishes from Walls. Removing stains is better accomplished when you know what they are, but sometimes spots appear on the wall and you have no clue how, what or why it happened. Different stains can be better treated when you know what they are.
– General Stains. Baking soda and water is often the best household remedy to efficiently remove any spots that have accrued on the wall. Add small doses of water to your baking soda until you have created a fairly thick paste. Apply the paste to the stained areas and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. With a damp cloth, wipe clean and follow with a dry cloth to absorb the lingering moisture.
– Black Smudges. If you notice any rogue black smudges, gently rub a layer of toothpaste onto the scuffed wall and leave it on for 5 minutes. Wipe clean with a cool damp cloth and dry immediately.
3) Wash the Wall. When the layers of dust and spots have been removed, washing the wall in its entirety is next on the agenda. In ether a spray bottle or cleaning bucket, mix warm water with a teaspoon of mild dish washing soap. If you need a little more power, mix equal parts distilled white vinegar to your warm water. Keep in mind if you opt to use the vinegar solution, a soapy residue will not remain and you can skip the rinse. If you require extra strength cleaner than the soapy water solution; but want to avoid the smell of vinegar, mix 8 ½ ounces of water with 3 ½ oz of washing soda. Use your preferred implement to wash the walls.
– If you use a commercial pre-made cleaning product, DO NOT use any products containing alcohol as it could potentially break down the paint.
4) Rinse Painted Walls. Once satisfied with your cleanliness of the walls, rinse them well by using a damp sponge and wipe your walls clear of the residue lingering residues.
5) Dry Painted Walls. Following the rinse, immediately towel-dry them to avoid water spots.
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If you are looking to get a fresh coat of paint on your walls, contact McKay’s Painting and let our experts get your project completed quickly and efficiently.