Walls are easy to overlook, but washing your walls is essential for keeping a clean-feeling space. But don’t worry! It’s simple if you know the proper technique.

While washing your walls isn’t necessary every week, you should have some regularity in your routine to keep them looking fresh and avoid the buildup of grime. Dusting the corners may be a good thing to do weekly or biweekly to eliminate cobwebs and everyday dust.

A complete washing, you may only need to do semiannually for most of your home or office. More often may be advisable in kitchen areas where splatters are expected or in restrooms where moisture may create a favorable condition for mold and mildew.

Here is our seven-step process for washing your walls like a pro.

1. What’s Your Wall Covering?

This is probably the most critical part of wall cleaning because it affects your cleaning solution and the tools.

2. Cover Your Floors.

This protects them from drips of cleaning solution, water, and dust that you’ll be disturbing. You can use a drop cloth or tarp if you have one available. A towel or garbage bag with the sides cut and splayed open works fine too.

3. Dust.

Before you can get to actually washing your walls, start by removing the easy stuff like dust and cobwebs. Otherwise, they can become grime that will get your cleaning solution dirty prematurely. To do this, you can use a soft-bristled broom or a duster. You can do this pretty quickly, focusing on the corners with the ceiling and the floor.

4. Spot Rest.

While the cleaning solutions we’ve recommended for different kinds of wall finishes should be safe for the respective covering, it’s always wise to test it in an obscure corner where people won’t notice if any discoloring happens.

5. Get Your Equipment Set Up.

For most wall coverings, you’ll need the following equipment:

For the most part, you’ll work in small sections. Start at the top and work down. Before your cleaning solution is dry, rinse it, and then dry it with a cloth.

6. Wipe Down Your Walls, Ceiling To Floor.

And yes, we do mean start at the top and work down. This allows you to catch any drips from above as you’re cleaning lower later on. Go over it once with your cleaning solution, and then rinse it with your pure water while it’s still wet. Finally, dry it with a microfiber cloth.

Whether washing or rinsing, avoid getting your cloth or sponge dripping wet. Most of the time, it’s better just to have it damp. This is especially true around outlet covers and switch plates. If you are worried about this, it may be a good idea to turn off power to these outlets and switches – as long as you have enough natural light or other sources to see properly.

7. Tackle Tough Stains.

Watch for stains and other stubborn buildup that don’t come off readily as you go over your walls while washing and rinsing. You may need just to spend a little more time scrubbing or use a stronger solvent.

If that doesn’t get the job done, you may need to bring in a special agent. In general, Mr. Clean Magic Erasers and Goof Off are good options for many kinds of stains. Make sure you aren’t rubbing a scuff mark into your wall. Again, do a spot test before using one of these products in a prominent place.

Rather Not Clean Walls Yourself? Let Town & Country Office Cleaning Help.

Washing your walls is a time-consuming process that you and your staff may not be super efficient at since it isn’t your regular responsibility. We are efficient at it and will do an excellent job for you.

Whether you’re in a typical office building that just needs lightly weekly cleaning with occasional deep cleans, or you have more rigorous cleaning requirements, we can help. We’re thorough, and we can be flexible around your schedule.

If your place of business is in the greater San Francisco Bay area, we’re the right cleaning service for you. Contact us to start your free estimate today.

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