Clean Your Painted Walls The Right Way

Posted on: 3 December 2014


A bucket of lukewarm water and your favorite cleaning solution might be your go-to cleaning method for most of the surfaces inside your home. However, this doesn't mean it's okay for your painted walls. The reality is that there is a wrong and a right way to clean painted walls. Avoiding the wrong methods will help keep your painted walls looking better, longer. Familiarizing yourself with how to clean every day, common stains from your walls should be step number one.

Oil Stains

Whether it's from the body moisturizer you use in the bathroom or from cooking in your kitchen, oil stains on your walls are common. Unlike other surfaces, you can't simply take a grease fighting cleaner and scrub your walls; this won't exactly work. While it might remove the grease, these harsh cleaners may also remove the paint from your walls. Instead, first take a paper towel and blot as much of the oil you can off the wall.

Next, prepare a solution that is equal parts hot water and vinegar. Dip a soft-bristle toothbrush into the mixture and gently scrub it along the stain. The bristle can easily get between any grooves in the wall and both the hot water and vinegar will cut through the grease, without damaging the paint. After scrubbing the walls, take a clean towel moistened with water to rinse the wall.


From candles to melting fragrance bars, wax is everywhere. If you happen to spill wax on your painted walls, don't panic. Believe it or not, the first thing you need to do is be patient. It's much easier to remove settled wax from your walls than it is to remove fresh, hot wax from your walls. Don't ever try to use a cloth or paper towel to wipe the wax off your walls. This will only smear the wax and more importantly, it won't remove it from the wall.

If you've got the time, allow the wax to cool completely, before you attempt to clean it. After the wax has cooled, use a plastic scrapper to gently remove the wax. If the wax has left behind a stain, use a damp melamine sponge to clean the wall.

While you can't exactly prevent stains on your painted walls, you can definitely prevent the stains from causing damage to your walls. Make certain that you're cleaning your walls and removing stains the correct way. Talk to interior painters like W Winslow Painting for more cleaning, and painting, tips.