How to keep painted walls fresh

Lesotho Times - - Property -

NOT only does wash­ing your walls make your en­tire house look cleaner, but it is also a great way to ex­tend the life of your paint, sav­ing you money.

A good clean­ing ev­ery once in a while can keep your walls look­ing bright, clean and fresh.

First as­sess what type of paint your walls are cov­ered with. Al­ways test in an in­con­spic­u­ous spot be­fore wash­ing the en­tire wall.

Semi-gloss and glossy enamel paints tend to stand up best to wash­ing.

Flat, satin, and eggshell la­tex paints, on the other hand, may fade or rub off with overly abra­sive clean­ing.

Be­low are some tips . . .

Dust­ing Run your vac­uum cleaner’s dust brush at­tach­ment across the ceil­ings and walls. Aim to re­move as much dust and cob­webs as you pos­si­bly can. This is of­ten enough to get your walls look­ing clean.

Prep­ping Be sure to lay down old sheets or can­vas drop cloths to pro­tect your floors and catch soapy droplets. You’ll also need two buck­ets, one for clean­ing and one for rins­ing.

To avoid strip­ping or caus­ing fade spots on the paint, al­ways start with the gen­tlest ma­te­ri­als pos­si­ble, in this case, wa­ter and nat­u­ral sponges.

Avoid us­ing coloured sponges since the dye can be de­posited onto lighter-coloured walls. When wa­ter isn’t enough to re­move stub­born stains, a mix­ture of warm wa­ter and mild de­ter­gent should get the job done.

Get clean­ing Start at the bot­tom of the wall and work your way up, al­ter­nat­ing be­tween the wet, soapy sponge and a wet, clean sponge to rinse. Make sure that each sponge has its own bucket.

Rins­ing with clean wa­ter is es­sen­tial if you want to pre­vent soapy residue from be­ing left be­hind. Rins­ing also en­sures that any new dirt and grime won’t cling to the soapy residue.

Rub in a gen­tle, cir­cu­lar mo­tion and make sure to wring out the sponges to avoid drips. Work in sec­tions, and once you’ve com­pleted a sec­tion, dry the area with a clean, soft cloth. If you need to take a breather, try not to take a break in the mid­dle of wash­ing a wall. Stop­ping the job be­fore you fin­ish the en­tire wall can cause wash marks, a wave ef­fect caused by stop-and-go wall wash­ing.

Al­ways wash an en­tire wall in a sin­gle ses­sion. Stain pre­ven­tion tip Al­ways try to clean a spot or re­move a stain promptly. The longer a stain stays stuck to the wall, the harder it’ll be to scrub it off later.

For spot clean­ing, try a paste of bak­ing soda and wa­ter, and gen­tly rub it over the stain, then rinse with clean wa­ter and dry with a soft cloth.

— Prop­erty24

For spot clean­ing, try a paste of bak­ing soda and wa­ter, and gen­tly rub it over the stain, then rinse with clean wa­ter and dry with a soft cloth.

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