How to clean walls

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How to clean walls

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Project Overview

Over the years the walls in your home can get covered in handprints, dust and dirt. If you plan on painting a room, cleaning the walls is always a good idea before you get started. Even if you’re not painting, you’ll be surprised how much brighter your rooms will be after a good clean. 

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Prepare The Wall
2 Clean the wall
3 Wipe the walls clean
  • Step 1. Prepare The Wall

    Start by putting down a drop sheet to stop water and sugar soap from wetting the floor. Cover the top of your power points with masking tape to prevent water from getting into them. Put on your safety glasses and use the brush from the dust pan to brush any dust off the wall. 

  • Step 2. Clean the wall

    Put on your gloves and spray the sugar soap onto the wall. You can also use sugar soap concentrate, diluted into a bucket of water or sugar soap wipes. If you’re using the spray, it’s a good idea to start at the top of the wall and work your way down. You may find most stains and marks in the middle of the wall. Leave it on for 30 seconds or up to one minute for more stubborn stains. 

  • Step 3. Wipe the walls clean

    Leave the sugar soap on the walls for the right amount of time. Then dip your sponge into a bucket of clean water, wring it out and wipe the walls from top to bottom to get rid of the stains. Now get your cleaning rag and wipe the wall to make sure it’s dry.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Bucket
  • Cleaning rag
  • Drop sheet
  • Dust pan
  • Gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Sponge

Materials

  • Masking tape
  • Sugar soap
  • Water

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. 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. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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