DIY Tips: How to Clean Paintwork

Learn how to clean up paintwork and painted walls without causing further damage by following these nifty little cleaning tips. Take a look at this link for cleaning supplies.


You probably weren’t thinking about sticky fingerprints, scuff marks and juice stains when you were picking out your paints – but not to worry! You can easily clean small spots and marks without too much effort – but if not, it’s a good idea to keep a small amount of the paint back so that you can use it to cover up particularly stubborn marks and scuffs should you not be able to clean them.

Again, you can buy wipeable and washable paint – definitely a good idea for kitchens, bathrooms, playrooms and dining rooms. You can get it in a number of colours and finishes and if it gets marked, all you need to do is wipe it with a damp sponge.

If you haven’t got wipe-clean paint, you can still clean it – it just takes a little extra work. Here’s how to clean your painted walls and keep your home looking spick and span.

  • As soon as you notice small marks or spots on the walls, wipe them down with a damp cloth. That’ll usually be enough to do the trick, although it might not! If not, use a little bit of weak washing up liquid.
  • You can actually wash down large areas of wall, but it’s really important that you vacuum the walls first. If you don’t, dust and dirt will get mixed in with the cleaning solution and you’ll just end up smearing the dirt all over the walls.
  • Use warm water, a weak solution of washing up liquid, and a slightly damp cloth – too much water could result in some serious damp patches, so make sure that you use only as much water as you can get away with.
  • As you clean, dry the walls carefully using some paper towels. Drying as you go ensures that the paint won’t become overloaded with water. You should use paper towels, instead of dry cloth, as fibers will come off of the cloth and get stuck on the walls – so it’s important to use kitchen roll or something similar instead.
  • If you’re trying to remove particularly bothersome stains, try sugar soap or a weak solution of soda crystals. These methods could stain, however, so test them on an inconspicuous area first.
  • If you’re still struggling, paint over the mark. Stipple the colour on and be sure to fade it out into the clean paintwork, so that there isn’t an obvious line between new paint and old.

Source: 4Homes