To clean painted walls coated with latex paint, wash the surface with warm water and dish detergent or all-purpose cleaner. To clean painted walls coated with oil paint, wash the surface with warm water, vinegar and dish detergent.
To clean painted walls, use the following steps.
- Dust the walls
- Mix the cleaning solution.
- Wash the walls
- Rinse the walls
- Dry the walls
Dusting can remove a lot of the dirt and dust on the surface of the walls. To dust walls, attach a dust cloth to a broom with a long handle and run it along the surface of the walls. Doing this regularly can keep dirt from building up and can make washing walls easier.
To make a cleaning solution for latex paint, squirt some cleaning solution or all-purpose cleaner in a bucket and fill the rest with warm water. To make a cleaning solution for oil paint, mix 1 teaspoon of dish detergent, 1 quart of water and 1/4 teaspoon of white vinegar to a bucket. Add 1 ounce of borax to make a deep-cleaning solution.
Soak a clean sponge in the solution and wring it out to dry. Work the sponge or cloth into the walls gently. Start and the bottom of the wall and work upward to avoid streaks.
Rinse the walls with a clean sponge soaked in clean water. Wring out the sponge before rubbing it into the walls.
Go over the walls with a dry cloth to absorb excess moisture.