How to Clean Walls

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How to Clean Walls

Cleaning your walls is a great ways to refresh your old paint job, before taking another coat of paint to the walls. Over time, dust, grease, and stains can build on painted walls, altering the colour or finish. 

How Often Should You Clean Your Walls?

Turns out cleaning your walls at least once a year is the best way to maintain your paint job. It's as easy as wiping walls down with a mild soap and water, keeping in mind that certain paint finishes are more durable to stains and cleaning.

Here's what you'll need to get started:


  • 2 soft sponges
  • Mild dish soap
  • Water
  • Dry towels
  • Bucket or bowl

Turn off the electricity if you are washing a wall with an outlet or electrical switch!

First, lay dry towels along the baseboard of the wall you're cleaning to catch excess water. Mix 1 tablespoon of soap per 4 cups of water in a bucket or bowl. Using one of the soft sponges, wipe down the wall and work the soap into the dirt. Once the wall is covered use the clean sponge to rinse with water. Wipe away excess water with a clean, dry towel.

Repeat the steps above until your space is fully clean.

How Do We Remove Marks from Walls?

Children's markers and scuffs might need more than a wipe down. After you've cleaned your walls with wipes or a soap solution, spot clean with a stronger cleaner like vinegar or rubbing alcohol. Rinse with a clean sponge and water.

Stubborn marks may need a gentle abrasive that won't scratch off paint finishes. If you must clean your walls with something stronger, try a baking soda paste before you go in with a touch-up colour. Keep a reference of paint colours or a spare pint for touch-ups as needed, especially in homes with pets or kids. Remember that cleaning walls regularly can prevent dirt buildup and make stain removal easier once they start to become more noticeable over time.