Your guide to cleaning interior walls with flat paint

Cleaning interior walls with flat paint requires a gentle approach to avoid damaging the finish. Here's a step-by-step guide:

  1. Dust Removal: Start by removing dust and loose debris from the walls. You can use a soft-bristled brush, a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment, or a microfiber cloth. This step helps prevent smearing dirt around during the cleaning process.

  2. Prepare Cleaning Solution: Mix a small amount of mild dish soap or a gentle, pH-neutral cleaner with warm water in a bucket. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, as they can damage the paint.

  3. Test a Small Area: Before cleaning the entire wall, test the cleaning solution on a small, inconspicuous area to ensure it doesn't cause any damage or discoloration to the paint.

  4. Clean the Walls: Dip a soft sponge or cloth into the cleaning solution and wring out any excess liquid. Gently wipe the walls in a circular motion, starting from the bottom and working your way up. Avoid applying too much pressure to prevent streaking or removing the paint.

  5. Rinse: Once you've cleaned the walls, rinse the sponge or cloth with clean water and go over the walls again to remove any soap residue.

  6. Dry the Walls: Use a clean, dry microfiber cloth or towel to gently pat the walls dry. Avoid rubbing, as this can cause the paint to fade or peel.

  7. Spot Cleaning: For stubborn stains or marks, you can use a slightly dampened melamine sponge (such as a Magic Eraser) to gently spot clean the area. Be sure to test it on a small area first to avoid damaging the paint.

  8. Ventilation: After cleaning, open windows or use fans to allow the walls to dry thoroughly and to help dissipate any lingering odors from the cleaning solution.

Remember, regular dusting and occasional gentle cleaning will help maintain the appearance of your flat-painted walls without causing damage. If you're unsure about any cleaning method or product, it's always best to consult with a professional painter or refer to the paint manufacturer's guidelines.