If you’re like me, you’ve looked at your walls and cringed while thinking that it’s time again…time to start painting walls. The handprints, the smudges, the unidentifiable smears along the stairwell, from tots too short to reach the handrail to naughty persons breaking the no touch rule. Rinse, lather, repeat, “Walls are not for touching, unless you are going to fall down.” In order to stretch the time between painting walls out, I wash my walls.
Be careful! If the walls become too wet, any drywall patches may be damaged. Also, there may be a change to the finish of your paint, after washing your painted walls. That being said, with 3 little kids, I will be washing my walls!
Step One: Note dirty hand and finger print covered walls, and suppress a hysterical sob. Gather small children, remind them of the “No touch” rule.
Step Two: Fill a bucket with about 4 inches of warm water and 2 healthy squirts of DAWN® blue liquid dish soap. Gather old prefolds or clean rags/shop towels.
Step Three: Soak and really wring out the prefolds/towels/rags.
Step Four: Gently scrub the walls, then dry them using a clean prefold/towel. Gently scrubbing is important here, most interior walls have eggshell finish paint on them, and their finish can be marred by harsh scrubbing. If you want a gold star, go after the trim while you’re at it.
Step Five: For any really hard to get after stains, try a Magic Eraser®, but wear those sexy gloves on your hands (and keep them away from short people).
Now, if your walls are so far past gone with scrapes, stains and the like, at least they are clean so you can get on with painting them. I suggest that children that are old enough be forced to go with you to Home Depot, to wait in the very boring paint mixing line.
Disclaimer: My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. I received no remuneration from DAWN®, or Magic Eraser®. As mentioned in the post, take care when washing your walls as damage can be done to the finish or to dry wall patches. Elizabeth Copeland and Water Rolls Uphill are not liable for damage done to your walls, always do due diligence before undertaking any DIY project.