At one point or another, whether from the kids, the family pet or hosting too many dinner parties, your painted walls will eventually get dirty. When dirt enters the home, you must remove it. However, we understand you may be feeling weary about the washing process and whether it will ruin your painted walls. Regardless, the cleaning process must occur, as washing is the only way to restore your walls and extend the paint’s lifespan.

How can you clean the walls and ensure you won’t damage the stunning paint colour? Pinnacle Decorating South makes it easy! Here’s our four-step guide to washing your painted walls without the worry!

1. Dust Those Walls Down

Even if the dust is not visible to you, the grim reality is that it’s there. As you clean other components of the room, don’t forget about the walls! Wiping down and vacuuming the walls can be quite effective in eliminating the dust and restoring your paint job to prime condition. However, it may also be sensible to purchase electrostatic dusting wipes that absorb and erase dust, loose dirt and even cobwebs from the wall’s surface. Even if you intend to use cleaning solution or water to wash the walls, you should still remove the dust with wipes to remove marks left by dirt.

2. Remove Pesky Fingerprints

Fingerprints get onto everything from furniture to cabinets, walls, and even ceilings. Erasing those pesky marks can be difficult and should be done carefully. Use a mild detergent formula on a nonabrasive pad and begin removing the fingerprints gently. For marks that are far more difficult to remove, apply the detergent mixture to about a quarter cup of baking soda or a half cup of vinegar and try applying it to the stained area again.

3. Erase Harsh Grease and Oil Stains

Grease and oil are two very difficult elements to remove, but not completely impossible. Erasing grease and oil from your walls starts with finding a cleaning solution that can effectively cut through both elements. Try using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to remove the marks.

4. Remove Steam and Water Marks

On walls with a lighter paint colour, water stains or steam marks may be quite evident. If you find these stains on your walls, combine about 4.5 litres of water, about a quarter cup of vinegar and borax and a tablespoon of ammonia in a bucket to form a cleaning solution. Apply it gently and generously to the steam and watermarks until you find they’ve been completely removed. 

Pinnacle Decorating South is your Edmonton paint store for all of your paint supplies and painting needs. Regardless of how big or small your painting project is, we’ll provide the paint that will transform your home into a beautiful dream you can be proud of. We carry a variety of incredible Benjamin Moore paint colours for you to browse through and pick which suits your style. Visit our store to find your perfect paint today!