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How do I Clean My Painted Walls?


As a painting company in Longmont, we get a lot of questions about how to keep a paint job looking good for the long haul. One of our most common responses is to keep it clean.

While this may seem like a pretty obvious thing to do, it’s amazing how often this important chore is ignored. We have to admit, even we get lazy about it, and we know how important it is!

Below we offer some helpful guidelines to help you clean your painted walls without damaging them.

Before You Even Start 

Before you begin cleaning your walls, ask yourself what type of paint finish you have. Semi-gloss and enamel paints will hold up to harder cleaning, while eggshell and flat finishes aren’t as sturdy. Next, make sure you remove the dust from the surface. You can use a duster or a vacuum’s brush attachment.

What Should I Use?

When it comes to your interior walls, you’ll want to start off with the lightest cleaning solution possible: water. If you find yourself in need of something stronger, you can always go to the store and buy a cleaner. Or you can use a mixture of ammonia (one cup), baking soda (a fourth cup), and vinegar (½ cup).

Start at the top of your wall and work your way down. If you’re using a cleaner, make sure you rinse the wall off after you’re done and wipe it to avoid streaking. You don’t need to soak your sponge in the solution; a damp sponge will do nicely.

When it comes to the exterior walls of your home or business, a garden hose is usually sufficient. However, if you need to reach for a pressure washer choose a nozzle that is between 40-25 degrees. You’ll want to be careful with how you use a pressure washer. Stronger pressure (the lower the degree, the stronger) risks damaging your paint; it can also crack windows and even cut skin.

When it comes to pressure washing it’s important to test a small spot at first to ensure you have the proper pressure. If you spray a small area and see damage, it’s clear you need a lower pressure hose. Don’t spray one spot for too long. Use side-to-side sweeping motions as you make your way from top to bottom.

Sometimes Your Wall Needs More Than a Wash

When it comes to getting your painted walls clean, the most important thing you can actually do is just to do it.

However, sometimes thinking about washing your walls leads you to the point where you realize you need a brand new paint job. So whether your paint is a little worse for the wear, or you simply want to go in a different direction with your paint, call the professional painting contractors at Painting Plus.

We are residential and commercial painters who have been servicing Colorado for over 30 years. As a Top Rated® Local business, we take our painting services seriously and will go above and beyond to provide excellent service and a high-quality job.

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