How to Wash Walls
The best approach would be to clean up spots, fingerprints and marks as you see them. This will save you a lot of time and keep your home looking fabulous. Here are my favorite ways to clean walls:
For NON-Flat Painted Walls - spot cleaning:
I use a small, glass squirt bottle filled 3/4 full of water, 1/4 full of vinegar, a couple of drops of Dawn Dish soap and a couple of drops of peppermint essential oil. The peppermint deters spiders and bugs and this is why I prefer this scent on my walls. I use a microfiber cloth that is slightly damp, spray the spots on my wall and the wipe gently with my cloth. You need to not rub hard and try not to use a magic eraser as this can pull the paint off your wall if you rub too hard. Use it if you have a really tough stain, just take care to be really gentle and not apply too much pressure.
For NON-Flat Painted Walls - whole wall cleaning:
The most effective way to wash your entire wall is by using a flat, broad surface type of mop. I use the same cleaner as above. Spray it on in a mist (not drips) and mop from left to right. Use equal pressure and it should clean up really well. If your walls haven't been cleaned in a long time, you will need to vacuum them first. You can also use a broom to sweep off the dust and cobwebs. Otherwise, your mopping will cause your walls to have a streaky, dirty appearance - which is totally the opposite of what you are trying to accomplish.
I have not found a successful way to wash flat paint with out it making the walls look worse than when it started. You will need to make sure you have touch-up paint handy to keep your walls looking their very best!
Make it a great one!
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