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The Forgotten Art of Wall Cleaning



Who remembers their parents or grandparents washing the walls with a mop and bucket? Then, Mr. Clean came out with the Magic Eraser and suddenly wall cleaning turned into only looking for the scuff marks, your kids fingerprints or drawings on the wall. Have you ever thought about the dirt, grease, or other residues that are making a home on your wall without you actually seeing it? It’s crazy to think about how dirty your walls can be until you move and take down the pictures and see the color your wall originally was all those years ago!


Don’t worry! We are here to help you with your wall cleanings!


Here is an easy way to clean your walls without damaging the paint, and a couple of cleaning solutions that you can make at home!


First things first, let's gather our tools needed!


Let’s prep for your wall cleaning! Dust those walls and ceiling, vacuum those baseboards, and take down any pictures or decor that can be easily removed. We recommend using a dry Microfiber Mop or Swiffer Dry Mop to dust off your walls and an Extendable Duster to reach up along the perimeter of your ceiling.


Once you’ve decided which cleaning solution you would like to use, mix or dilute it and add it to your mop bucket.


Now, let’s get cleaning! Dip your mop into your cleaning solution and wring out any excess cleaner from the mop. Start at the top of the wall and work your way towards the bottom of the wall. Similar to painting, you want to make sure that your mop is still wet while you work your way across the wall!


As you’re cleaning you will start to notice dirt running down your wall as the water drips towards the floor, but don’t worry! We will get rid of all of that! Use your squeegee starting at the top of the wall and working towards the floor to remove any streaks of dirt on the wall. Make sure to wipe off your squeegee with a damp microfiber towel between uses to ensure that you don’t place the dirty cleaner back onto your wall.


Finally, let's wash the wall with some warm water! Make sure you use a fresh mop head and squeegee your walls one more time.


You can also use the same cleaning solution and a microfiber towel to clean your baseboards after cleaning your walls!


Wall Cleaning Solutions


DIY Light Duty Wall Cleaner- Best to use after you have done an initial deep wall cleaning and removed heavy build-up and residue.


  • 2 Tablespoons of Dish Soap

  • 2-3 Tablespoons of White Distilled Vinegar

  • 4 Cups of Hot Water

  • Bucket


DIY Heavy Duty Wall Cleaner- Best to use for the first time you are cleaning your walls.


  • 3 ½ Cups of White Distilled Vinegar

  • ½ Gallon of Warm Water

  • Bucket




Simple Green All Purpose Cleaner- This eco friendly product is one of our favorites to use, especially when cleaning kitchen walls!







Trisodium Phosphate (TSP)- TSP is best used when you are moving into a new home or prepping to repaint a room or apply wallpaper.TSP also removes lead paint dust from surfaces!




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