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How To Clean Your Walls Before Having Them Painted

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If you are getting ready to have your walls painted, you will want to prepare your walls for this event. You likely know to patch up small holes and use painters tape along the baseboards and around the outlets. But one of the most overlooked elements of painting preparation is washing the walls. If your walls are not washed, any dirt, dust and imperfection on the wall becomes sealed into the wall. This can prevent the paint from adhering properly or can make the paint uneven or bubbled. Follow these steps to clean your walls before you have them painted. 

Vacuum the Corners

The first place to start when you are cleaning your walls are the corners. It is not unusual for there to be cobwebs in the upper or lower corners of a room. Take the wand of your vacuum cleaner and suck away any debris and cobwebs that are located in the corners of the room or along the top and bottom of the room. 

Clean the Baseboards

While the baseboards themselves may not receive a fresh coat of paint when interior painting is taking place, it is important to clean them before painting. Your paint line is going to go directly to the baseboards, and if they are dusty, dust can mix in with the tape. Additionally, dirt and dust can prevent painters tape from adhering to the baseboard. Grab a water dampened cloth and wipe the baseboards down to remove dirt and dust. 

Scrub the Walls

After cobwebs have been removed and your baseboards are clean, the daunting task of scrubbing down your walls begins. Fill a bucket with warm water and a squirt of liquid dish soap. Immerse a soft cloth or soft sponge into the soapy water and begin to scrub your wall in a circular motion, starting at the top of the wall and working your way down. Scrubbing in a circular motion helps to remove dirt and particles from your textured wall. Continue the process until the wall has been cleaned. Allow the wall to thoroughly dry before any painting takes place.

Remove Anything Stuck On

If anything remains on the wall after scrubbing it, such as stuck on food particles, grab a plastic putty knife and gently lift it away. Do not use a metal knife, as this can damage your dry wall. 

Cleaning the walls can be a tedious process. However, removing items such as dirt, dust and food residue helps to ensure your wall is coated smoothly and evenly in the fresh coat of paint that is going to be applied. Following the above steps can help to ensure that your walls are as clean as possible before interior residential painting takes place. Remember, if you don't feel comfortable painting on your own, contact a business such as AAA Action Painting.