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Overview

Walls need a bit of a spruce up? Maybe you're trying to get them back to brand-spanking so you can get your bond back? Or just having a spring clean. Here are four easy steps to sparkle.

Steps

1Gather your tools

Get everything you need to complete the job together, from water and sugar soap to a cobweb broom and microfibre duster.
The tools and materials necessary for cleaning walls

2Start by dusting

Before you really get into the grunt work, give your walls a good going over with a duster. Forget itty-bitty rags – opt for a large, microfibre duster on a long, preferably extendable, pole. These reach all the way up to the ceiling and get to those hard-to-reach spots. Alternatively, you can use a damp cloth. If you've got a dust allergy or your walls haven't been dusted in a long time, wear a dust mask to protect your lungs.

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3Remove any cobwebs

Walls been housing a spider or two? Use a cobweb brush to get rid of their webs. These are really cheap to purchase and can be picked up at your local Bunnings.

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4Wipe down your walls

Now your walls are dust free, use Sugar Soap wipes to give them a clean. Selley's Sugar Soap Wipes are great for smaller rooms, but if you've got a larger space you may want to consider buying sugar soap concentrate and diluting it in a bucket with some warm, clean water, and using a big, soft sponge. If you're using the wipes, like we are, start with the smooth side to give the wall a clean. If you've got any specific marks, turn your wipe over to the rough side and give your marks a good scrub.

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5Target stubborn marks with a magic eraser

For those particularly grained-in stains, try using a Mr Clean Eraser Pad Block. Simply cut a piece to the size you need and use it to scrub at the wall. These things are like magic, and are great for lifting pen marks or stubborn stains – just rinse with water, squeeze and off you go! Just be sure to test on an inconspicuous area if you've never used them before.

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6Looking for more bathroom inspo?

Check out Mooch Styles' bathroom makeover and more simple how-tos from Make It Yours season one, bathroom episode.

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.