Our last article talked about proper maintenance of your home’s exterior walls, and you can read more about that here! Since we previously focused on exteriors, we thought it would be a good time to touch on the proper maintenance of your home’s interior walls. Below we’ve listed effective methods of cleaning your walls and protecting the area around them, such as your baseboards and trims.
Cleaning your internal walls may seem a little much in terms of cleaning, right? In the grand scheme of things, yes. However, it really will be worth the while. Fingerprint smudges, dyes from clothing and fabrics, and small markings from furniture can dirty up your interior walls. Even though there may only be smudges or dirt on sections of the wall, it is best to clean the entire surface. First, remove all artwork pieces from the walls – be careful about getting the cleaning solution on nails/hooks if you leave them in the wall. Next, move furniture touching the walls away from the surface to give you room to clean the area effectively. Dust off the wall and place towels or paper towels down on the ground to protect them from residue from the cleaning solution. Next, take warm water and dish soap, mix them and apply generously on the wall. Next, wipe your cleaning cloth in a circular motion to evenly spread the cleaner before wiping it away in the same fashion. The process should get your walls clean and look like they are brand new. This process also works for textured walls like plaster, for example.
That’s right! You can clean wallpaper without causing tremendous amounts of damage! Now, you may ask how this is possible because, after all, wallpaper is just paper! If you aren’t careful with the material, it can have irreversible damage. It is best to avoid scouring cleaners or hard, abrasive cloths for any wallpaper product as they can more easily score the finish or sand away the color. Instead, begin by dusting your wall with a broom wrapped with a microfiber cloth. Spot cleaning is the best method for cleaning wallpaper and can often be accomplished with an artist’s gum eraser. But, for more delicate wallpapers, use a dry sponge from a hardware store. Using long strokes with a dry sponge will remove dirt gently.
Additional Steps for Pristine Clean
After cleaning your walls, take your cleaning a little further by cleaning off the wall trim with a regular cleaner. Dyes from clothing and fingerprints will often transfer onto walls and similar surfaces, and it causes them to look dirty and distressed. Simply giving the trim and baseboards a quick dusting can immensely change the appearance of the room.
RCH Professional Cleaning specializes in thorough cleaning services for homes and businesses in Southwest Missouri. We’ll visit your facility and complete a customized cleaning plan for you. Contact RCH Cleaning today or call 417-763-8365 for more information on what we do!