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cleaning walls safely

Is cleaning walls really necessary? After all, dust and soot fall to the floor, right?

Most of it does, but just enough clings to vertical surfaces to warrant a seasonal or pre-holiday wall cleaning.

You can easily clean interior walls without removing paint - and the solution is mild enough so that even your toddlers can pitch in on this chore.

You'll want to start your wall cleaning by first removing dust that has settled there, using a hand-duster or a vacuum cleaner with an extension tool on a low setting.

This will help keep dust from turning to mud when you begin washing walls.

cleaning walls with wood paneling, wainscoting, and moldings.

You'll Need:

  • Two buckets,
  • a sponge, 
  • and a sponge mop for washing walls.

You'll use the sponge mop for cleaning walls above head height, and the sponge for cleaning the lower areas. Use one bucket for the dishwashing detergent wall cleaning solution; the second for wringing out your sponge and sponge mop.

You may also want to lay down old sheets or canvas drop cloths to protect your floors from cleaning solution drips.

mix a cleaning solution of water and hand dishwashing detergent.

Mix a solution of a gallon of warm water and several squirts of hand dishwashing detergent in the first bucket, and fill the second bucket with warm water.

Start by dusting the wall in its entirety to remove adhered-on dirt and soot. Dip the sponge in the wall cleaning solution, and tackle the wall in 3-foot sections using vertical strokes from left to right, and from top to bottom.

Follow by wiping the section clean with the sponge dipped in clear water. Dry the walls and woodwork with a clean cloth.

Check out the Clean Organized Home Store for the safe cleaning products and tools to help make cleaning walls easier.



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Tara Aronson

Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.