It is essential that you understand how to clean your walls in your home thoroughly, since there are so many of them found in your house. Your whole house will feel fresh and clean when you have clean walls.
Regardless of their finish, walls do accumulate more dust and particles than you may realize. Remove all you pictures and other wall decorations, pull your furniture away from the walls and then dust carefully from the baseboards up to the ceilings. Pay special attention to the baseboards, moldings and corners while using a soft hair wall brush or the floor or wall brush attachment of your vacuum cleaner. Cloths are inadequate for such a chore. When you have wallpaper that is in good condition all that is necessary is a good dusting.
When you use the proper methods, you can freshen up soiled and dingy wallpaper. Some papers are washable. Even if you have wallpaper with a claim of being washable you should test it first in a place that is not so easily noticeable or even a spare roll. Use clean warm soapy water, and a soft rag or sponge. Dip and then squeeze out the excess water from your rag or sponge. Be sure you apply very little water as well as a light touch. You can safely wash your wallpaper if the colors do not become blurry and the area dries to your satisfaction.
When working on delicately thin wallpapers use only clear warm water with no detergents or soap. Always work your way from bottom to top. This is essential since any water dribbles running down a soiled wall makes a streak that are not removable so easily. Using a light stoke, you will overlap each area that you have wiped clean. As you continue, you will gently pat the clean area dry. When the water becomes murky with grime, you should get a fresh batch of clean water.
You can clean heavy washable wallpaper by using warm water and mild liquid detergent or white soap flakes. Continue as already explained, while taking care not to apply too much pressure when rubbing. You will rinse as you move along with a sponge that you have squeezed out from clean water and then pat the wallpaper dry. Remember to be very careful while washing wallpaper because using too much water can actually soak it off the wall and onto the floor.
Daily care for your walls of wallpaper involves removing any marks or stains immediately. Light smudges and pencil marks are removable with art gum. You can remove crayon marks with a soft cloth or sponge and cleaning fluid, however do remember to test first. Repeat these applications, as they are required. When your paper is washable, warm soapy water should follow the removal of such stains and marks.
Carefully blot up any ink splatters as soon as possible using a cleaning tissue and then apply French chalk or Fuller’s Earth. You can simply brush away the ink. However, if using these techniques does not remove the ink stain, you can try ink eradicator from your local drugstore. You should keep in mind that this product may also take out any color from your walls. Be sure that you read and follow any package directions of products that you use.
Be sure to wipe off any food stains as soon as possible in order to remove any solid particles. If there are any remaining grease spots, you can use a cleaning fluid as well as an absorbent mixture described above.
You can easily wash lacquered wallpapers with warm soapy water. Wallpapers that feature a wall wax coating such as those for sell at the local wallpaper store are easy to clean using a damp cloth. Fabric coated wallpapers require special cleaners. Be sure that you read and follow the manufacturer’s directions.
If you feel your wallpaper is hopeless, you might try hanging a different color or design of new wallpaper. Many homemakers hang wallpaper, while choosing from a nice selection of ready paste paper available in the marketplace.
Wood panel walls with a finish of wax rarely require more than a good dusting. However, if they appear grimy and dehydrated you should consider using a liquid wax and a soft cloth. Buff them and then apply a fresh coat of wax. Continue rubbing the panels with a clean dry soft cloth until your dry fingertip does not leave a mark on the wall.
Using soap on enamel wall paint will usually leave you with a distinctive film therefore; you will want to avoid doing so.
Any homeowner will be proud of the appearance of the walls in his or her home when giving them the proper care they deserve to keep them looking their best.