Cleaning of Different Types of Painted Walls

Walls of the house are exposed to problems. Dust, water, and fingers of your children touching the walls. Pets slobbering on the baseboards. It is a common practice that how quickly your beautifully-painted walls can end up looking worn, dirty, and uncared for. The fact is, if you live in your home, you're going to get dirt on your walls. But how can you clean your painted walls so they maintain that freshly-painted look? If you are living in Cape Cod contact professional painting company in Cape Cod MA to get services related to your painting.

Wall Paint Maintenance

You can do a little preventive maintenance on your painted walls by regularly keeping them free of dust. Use the soft brush vacuum attachment on your walls, and then wipe them down with a cloth-covered broom or mop that has been sprayed with a dusting agent. You can also use an electrostatic dusting wipe. When you see a new fingerprint appear, wipe it away as soon as you can. Following are ways to clean different types of painted walls:

  • Cleaning of Latex Painted Wall

Before you clean your walls, remove dust with the above method. Then, dip a clean sponge in a mixture of warm water and a nonabrasive all-purpose cleaner. Gently rub the wall with the sponge, especially where fingerprints tend to congregate. For spots that won't come out with this method, make a paste of water and baking soda, and use a nonabrasive pad to wipe the area.

  • Walls Painted with Oil-Based Paint

Dampen (don't soak) a sponge or cloth with a white vinegar mixture, and rub the wall gently.

Method for Flat Painted Walls

Semi-gloss or enamel paint can handle washing well. But no wall is harder to clean than one that has been painted in flat paint. Its porous texture clings dirt, making your job one of great frustration. Unfortunately, when you leave stains untreated, they just get worse. Following are some ways to clean flat painted walls:

  • First, try a clean, soft rag soaked in warm water. If this cleans up the smudges, you're done! If not, move it up a notch.
  • Use a melamine-foam-based product, like the Magic Eraser, on your stains. If your wall is dark, this may leave behind a white residue, so you'll just need to follow up by gently blotting the area with an absorbent white towel.
  • If this doesn't work, use a foam cleanser, but test it on an out-of-sight area first (perhaps behind a couch) to see if your wall can handle it.
  • If you still need to move up in strength, try a solution of 1 tablespoon of laundry soap mixed with a gallon of warm water. Again, test in an area that isn't seen. This can be too harsh for many paints, so proceed carefully.
  • Try a mixture of 1 cup of ammonia, 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1/4 cup of baking soda with one gallon of warm water, and use a soft sponge.

If none of these solutions work, you may need to repaint your wall.


Harsh cleaners or brushes may remove the stain, but they also may remove some of the paint, leaving a conspicuous spot. When cleaning flat painted walls, start with the gentlest solution and move up until you find the one that works.