A fresh coat of paint must be applied on a clean surface. You’ll notice that on all painting products the instructions clearly state to apply on a clean surface. Want to learn how to clean walls? Awesome, today I’m showing you how we do it.
Our living room has had the same coat of paint since we bought the house in 2006. After eleven years, we decided that it was time to revamp this central part of our house. We started off by preparing walls for painting before we cleaned the walls. This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.
Knowing the importance of applying paint to clean walls, we washed the walls before applying new paint. We heard about wall cleaners like TSP, but we wanted something that is more in our DIY way of doing things, and something not as harsh for our health and the environment.
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How to Clean Walls
In one bucket, we mixed 4 litres of warm water, ½ cup of vinegar, and ¼ cup of baking soda. We used this mixture to wash the walls.
In the other bucket, we put warm water only. We used it to rinse the walls.
The technique is simple. We started at the top and finished at the bottom of the walls.
We washed with the vinegar mixture. We immediately rinsed with a little bit of water so our mixture wouldn’t leave residue on the walls.
We found that washing the walls in a circular motion was the way to go. Going straight from top to bottom in a linear motion left streaks on the walls.
Changing the water frequently is extremely important in order to make sure dirt isn’t been spread back onto the walls.
We tested each washing methods on two different walls. We had better results on the walls where we used the circular technique.
When done, we waited a little to be sure that that walls were dry.
And we started painting.
Our method of using vinegar, baking soda, and water worked perfectly for our living room walls. However if the walls were extremely dirty perhaps like kitchen walls, we may have opted for another cleaning method. We’d probably look into a wall cleaner made for washing walls.
Cleaning walls is pretty simple right?
The process is a little long, but it’s worth it! If your paint doesn’t stick because the walls weren’t clean, the process is even longer and you’ll be kicking yourself for skipping this crucial step.
Have a BEAUTIFUL day!
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