Is it Safe to Wash my Painted Walls?

A.K.A. Please Don’t Make me Repaint Everything!

You finally took the plunge, and got your rooms looking great again with a professional paint job by JDS. You and your family have been enjoying both the warmth of the color and the complements. But a couple of months have passed and you’re noticing that while “Steamed Milk” is definitely the right color for the room, it might not be the best color for hiding that accumulating dust you’ve started noticing here, and that crayon stain by the dining room table over there.

So what is the next step? You just made a quality investment on quality paint and don’t want to ruin it by attacking that crayon stain with steel wool (please don’t ever!) What are your options? Is it really necessary to repaint everything?

Here are some steps you can check out to get your walls back and glowing again:

Intensity Level Depends on Glossiness Level

Remember way back when you were picking out paint, and were given the options ranging from semi-gloss to flat? While the differences seemed small at the time, this is where they really come into play. The glossier the paint, the harder and stronger the surface. In general, living space walls tend to be painted either satin or eggshell, which on the spectrum of glossy to matte, puts you right in the middle, meaning your walls can take some washing, albeit carefully.

Let’s Tackle these Walls

  • Before you get down and sudsy with the scrubbing, let’s get as much of that loose dust and dirt off. Break out your vacuum, and find that weird attachment with the brush on it that you never use: give those walls a good run-down.
  • Next, comes the actual washing. Like we were saying earlier, we want to use the least abrasive method necessary to maintain the high quality appearance of these walls. Begin with just a clean sponge and a bucket of warm water. If this isn’t doing the trick for those tough stains, try adding mild dish soap to your water. If the soap doesn’t do it for you, try adding some white vinegar. And Still, if these walls have been neglected for even longer than you’d care to admit to yourself, we can break out the big guns. This is Grandma’s secret recipe for wall stains:
    • Grandma’s Homemade Wall Cleaner
      Stir 1 teaspoon of liquid dish detergent into a quart of warm water.
      Add 1/4 teaspoon of white vinegar.
      Let solution sit on stain for 10 minutes before blotting.
  • Finally, don’t forget to dry each wall as you go! This is a commonly overlooked step, but can really undo all the good you spent hours doing while you clean. Drying each wall with a clean towel or rag prevents nasty drip stains, and also airborne dust from sticking to your newly cleaned walls. (Exactly what you just removed!)

Just follow those few steps up there and your professionally painted walls will be looking brand-spanking new once more, thank you for doing business with us, and enjoy your beautiful home!

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