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Expert's corner: simple tips for cleaning painted walls

Keep those walls in tip-top condition with these simple tricks to try today
   Katie Byrne  |  written on: 16-04-2019 09:00am

Fingerprints, smudges, smears... There's endless scope for the walls in our homes to get a little grubby.

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With that in mind, the team at Airtasker - the online marketplace that allows people to outsource household chores - have shared their top tips for making cleaning the walls in your home a breeze. No, really!

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Read on for their expert tips...

Before you begin, make sure you...

- Remove excess dirt from the walls: use a duster for the areas you can easily reach and a broom with a rag tied over its bristles for higher, harder-to-reach places.
- Use the right tools for the job: this will help to minimise the risk of scratches and damage to the paintwork. Use a soft sponge for cleaning and a cloth for drying. 
- Don't over-soak the sponge. If you do, wring it out properly before using: excess dripping has potential to leave water stains on your walls.

Okay - now we've got the basics ticked off, you're ready to go!

1. Chances are all you'll need is a gentle detergent and water solution
In most cases, you'll just require warm soapy water: create a cleaning solution in a bucket using water and your very mildest cleaning detergent. Use your softest sponge to apply the solution to your walls.

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Have another bucket with just water nearby so you can rinse off the solution five-to-ten minutes after applying. This simple process should be enough to clean most painted walls.

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2. Use white vinegar with warm water for pesky stains
Need something a little stronger? White vinegar, our old cleaning favourite, is up to the task of cleaning off any stubborn stains or particularly grimy walls.

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Simply mix a cup of white vinegar with a bucket full of warm water and use your soft sponge to tackle any stains. No need to rinse off after.

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3. Avoid alcohol and chemicals
If you’re heading to your cleaning cupboard to find the right products to clean painted walls with, step away from anything containing alcohol or harsh chemicals.


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These ingredients can break down your paint surfaces and leave your walls in more of a mess than when you first started. If you’re unsure about even the mildest detergent, test it before use. Find an inconspicuous area to make sure it doesn’t contain any ingredients that will affect the paintwork.

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4. Use a mild degreaser for kitchen walls
Obviously, kitchen walls can get a little greasy. On top of your washing techniques above, an additional wipe down with a gentle degreaser should do the trick. Just follow the product instructions to avoid any streak marks.

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5. Spot clean with baking soda and water
Got a few stains that just won’t budge? Baking soda can come to your rescue. Spot-clean your walls using a mixture of water and baking soda on a soft cloth or towel. A half-cup of baking soda in a bucket of warm water should do it. Any crayon or pen marks should come straight off with this nifty little blend.

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Again, be sure to test out on a hidden area before applying it to a visible part of the wall.

So, tell us: will you be trying out these tips? And do you have any of your own you'd like to share? Tweet your thoughts to @kbbark - we'd love to hear from you!

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