Cleaning scuff marks on the wall is a hard part of bond cleaning and requires special attention. Some paints are more fragile than the others. And if you are too hard on certain types of paints, you may end up damaging the wall and stripping off the paint. On the other hand, without regular cleaning your walls will sometimes stay dirty or look dingy even after they’ve been cleaned.
To save yourself from big trouble when doing bond cleaning or end of lease cleaning, our first tip on cleaning painted walls is to clean often. Try not to let fingerprints, smudges, or marks stay for long periods of time. When the dirt are set on the paint over a long time, they may eventually become impossible to take off, which means people may end up having to repaint the whole wall instead of cleaning.
Second, look closely and check the paint finish on the wall. If the paint is an oil-based enamel, which is commonly used in bathrooms and kitchens, you can clean it with a soft sponge and sugar soap or other types of mild detergent cleaner. Follow the same guidelines for latex enamels, but be sure to minimize the time for the wall being wet to protect the paint life. Satin finishes are usually harder to clean that gloss finishes.
In most cases people will be fairly successful removing dirt from enamel paints, but flat paints can mean significant problems. It is because it’s very easy to damage the paint with even the lightest cleaning. Bear in mind the rule to minimize wet time and don’t scrub hard. Use soft sponges, or old nylons, and a mild cleaning solution. Avoid harsh chemicals and only use sugar soap if possible.
Depending on the type of paint, sometimes it can be hard to get painted walls fully cleaned like new. And some marks like crayon or black marks don’t come off easily. One thing many bond cleaners found useful is products like the Magic Eraser and Jiff Cream. They do tend to do an excellent job taking off marks, and it may also be more successful in cleaning painted walls with flat finish paints. They are proven safe on most paints and only require light scrubbing. Furthermore, it keeps walls from getting too wet while cleaning them.
If painted walls have not been cleaned in a long time, it may be very hard to get them fully clean. A few alternatives at this point are trying with more abrasive scrubbers. If the wall already looks bad and needs a paint job, there isn’t much to “ruin” in its appearance. Avoid this method if the paint is very old and might contain lead.
Alternately, instead of doing a bond cleaning, a quick whitewash or repaint can help refresh the wall and make everything look clean and fresh. When there is a lot of traffic through your home, such as many little hands creating fingerprints, choose to repaint with easier to clean paints. Also vow to perform wall cleanings once every few months so that painted walls remain clean.
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