Cleaning and Laundry

How to Wash Walls

Washing Walls

If you are tired of looking at dusty hand smudged walls, we have the solution! Try our easy two bucket method. Keep in mind that washing walls does not have to be overwhelming, simply tackle one or two rooms a day until the job is done.  

Start by answering a few questions:
  1. Is this a washable surface? Wallpaper or paneling may require different treatments.  
  2. Is the surface covered in dust? If so, dust first using a dry microfibre duster or cloth attached to a long-handled mop. This might be enough to clean the walls and you don’t have to go any further. 
  3. Do you need to protect any surfaces? Use old towels or blankets to protect carpets, hardwood floors, or wood trim. 

 

What you'll need: 
  • 2 buckets for water 
  • Mild detergent like an all-purpose cleaner 
  • Lint-free cloths 
  • Old towels or blankets 
  • Small ladder

 

What to do: 
  1. Get together a bucket or container with a mild solution of a cleaner in water, a bucket or container with clean water for rinsing, and plenty of lint-free light-coloured cloths and towels. 
  2. Lay towels or blankets on the floor or trim to protect them. 
  3. Don’t be afraid to use plenty of water! Wring your cloth out loosely every time. Rinse your cloth often and change water and cloth as soon as they look dirty. 
  4. Start at the bottom and work your way to the top. A drip of dirty water is much easier to remove from a clean area than from a dirty area. 
  5. Wash halfway up the wall and as far as you can reach without moving your feet. Then drop the washing cloth into the wash water and take the cloth from your rinse bucket. Wring it out and rinse the area you just washed; drop the rinse cloth into its bucket.  
  6. Now gently dry the area using cloths or towels. 
  7. Using a small ladder, if needed, wash the top half of this area in the same way. Then move to the next section.  
  8. Continue moving along the walls until you have cleaned the whole room or hallway.