The walls of the house also need a coat of paint often because, without us knowing, they accumulate a lot of dirt. We will see this precisely when moving, when removing furniture from the wall we notice that the most visible part has become dark with the passage of time, while that remains covered by the furniture retaining the original tone of the painting.
In this case, no matter how hard we try to clean it, only a layer of paint will give a new look at the house. And that is why it is most recommended when renting or selling property.
But we can find that some of the walls are freshly painted or still look good, have some dots, rayon, or very clear traces. The only solution is to paint? No. In this case, it is best to tackle the problem specifically, clean the affected area to try to avoid painting the entire wall again.
Before starting to clean the stains on the walls, we recommend that you remove any dust that may accumulate over time. To do this, use a very soft broom, a duster or even a clean mop and place it from top to bottom. Vacuum as you finish on the floor to collect falling droppings.
Then, it’s time to remove the stain from the wall. For this, we offer you several solutions:
Water with baking
Both in terms of white and colored walls, water with bicarbonate will be a safe and effective solution. To clean common spots on the walls such as fingers and footprints or scrub, make a water paste with baking soda and apply on the area to be treated with a clean cloth. Let stand for a few minutes and then rinse the area with a clean cloth moistened with water.
To avoid leaving marks, once you have finished enlightening an area where you have applied water with baking soda, it is advisable to dry well with another clean and dry cloth.
We also recommend, before starting the process, protect the floor with plastic so no water fall.
To use it, simply soak it in water and drain it well so it does not drip or leave any water footprint on the wall. It will be enough to rub the stain with the eraser’s whiteness and we will check how the dirt stays in the sponge. Try to get rid of the dirt with a soft short graduation always in the same direction. If you need to rinse the sponge and go to the area again, use the unclean part of the eraser.
On the other hand, if the wall has some scratches caused by rubbing it with furniture, for example, you can try removing it with a simple eraser. Of course, you must remember that, if you paint a long time, the area you’ve deleted may be cleaner than the rest of the wall.
Alternative way of cleaning the wall
Prepare your wall to paint it with this cleaning guide step by step.
1. Clean the Paint Tool
To get started, use a brush or dust cloth to clean cobwebs, dust or grime; This will ensure that your brush and paint are clean and dirt-free when you apply the paint.
2. Eliminating the fungus
Mushrooms can develop in humid areas without air ducts, so it’s a good idea to make sure your home is well ventilated. To remove visible mushrooms, I follow these steps 1) brush the surface with aqueous solution and detergent; 2) rinse; 3) apply the solution of one part of sodium hypochlorite in ten parts of water using a brush; 4) Rinse carefully and let dry. For optimal results, I follow the package instructions.
3. Remove old paint and wallpaper
If the current wall surface is shiny and you will paint with matte paint, you should slightly sandy it with fine sandpaper. To remove the wallpaper, we recommend using the wallpaper eraser, which contains “solvents” that soften and release the adhesive. Without this, the adhesive residue can blacken the paint later.
4. Clean the wall
After you remove the old paint or wallpaper, clean the surface you plan on painting with dilute detergent and hot water. If you are going to paint the kitchen, there may be fat on the wall, so try using a slightly stronger detergent. Be sure to rinse all the dirt with clean water and let the walls dry completely before painting.