How To Clean Walls Before Painting

How To Clean Walls Before Painting

Maybe you’ve recently moved into a new home and can’t wait to make your new living space as homely as possible. Or maybe you just want a change of scenario for your house you’ve been residing in for ten years. Whatever the case, the first order of business will always start with wall painting. Nothing makes a house look more shiny and new than the smell of a fresh coat of paint.

Unfortunately, you can’t simply begin coloring the walls without cleaning it first. Stains and scratches might have already accumulated on their surface, be it old or new, and simply painting over it can be deteriotory. The wall would have undergone rotting internally, which is definitely not a good sign. Now the amount of time and effort you will need to spend cleaning before painting depends on how bad the condition is. A relatively new house would be easier to clean than an old one. But fear not, it’s not impossible.

1. Remove The Previous Paint

We certainly don’t mean the paint from the entire wall. If there are areas where the paint is a little chipped and on the verge of falling out, grab a putty knife and remove it completely. But don’t try to force it. Only focus on regions where the paint comes off easily. This way, you will have evened out the surface. Once the paint has been removed, scrub it with sanding paper so that the resulting finish blends in with the rest of the wall.

2. Clear The Plaster

Now you need to get rid of any plaster that has loosened up. You can use spackle to fill in any cracks and holes that were left behind. Again, you can make use of your putty knife to apply the spackle. However, if somehow the putty knife doesn’t work, just find a blade that’s large enough to apply the compound. It is always a good idea to sand down the area that has been damaged (in this case,  the newly-spackled area) so it can smoothen up. You may use a soft rag to wipe off any dust left over from the sanding process.

3. Get rid of the cobwebs

If you’re going to apply paint on the walls, it is important to make sure that they are also free from dust, dirt and cobwebs. Removing cobwebs is easy but time-consuming. You can grab a vacuum cleaner and use it to suck them off. For the upper side of the walls and the corners where it’s hard to reach, attach a hose extension to the vacuum to make it possible to target these areas too. Otherwise, you may also use a ladder.

If you do not have a vacuum cleaner, a feather duster or mop will do. The same rule applies here. For the top-most corners, you can use a ladder to get to these places. Swipe your duster over those cobwebs and immediately dispose of them. Repeat the process as you go over the entire room. This way, you won’t put the cobwebs you’ve gathered back on the wall again and again. As far as the dust and dirt are concerned, as you remove the cobwebs, they too will be swept up in the process. So you don’t need to spend any extra energy there.

4. Deep Cleaning

Here comes the slightly harder part. For this, you first need to prepare a mixture of detergent powder or dishwashing soap and warm water. As you are about to soak the room quite wet, place some newspapers on the floor adjacent to the walls. Dip a sponge into the mixture and start working your way up from the bottom of the wall to the top with clean circular strokes. It is recommended that you advance from the bottom to the top rather than the other way around. This is because when you start from the top, water tends to run down the wall and further dirty an already-filthy surface. If you clean from the bottom, however, the water runs over a cleaner part of the wall. Any leftover streaks are easier to remove this way.

5. Drying

Grab a bucket full of cool water and spread it all over the wall. You can even spray cold water with a spray bottle. After a thorough rinse , you need to pat it dry. Collect as many towels as you can. Focus on each section with a separate towel. You want each towel to be squeaky-clean for every portion that needs to be dried; using the same towel for the entire area is not going to help.

We know what you’re thinking. You just want to paint your walls. Do you really have to go through this tiresome process of cleaning before you do? Well, the answer is a firm yes and we’re aware that it is by no means an easy task. Nobody really has the time to scrub all the four walls of their room by themselves. That’s where professional cleaning service agencies like ours come in.

We, at SwiftClean, can assure you the services of the best maids in the Los Angeles area. Our company’s motto is to always be truthful to our customers. This means that at the end of our service, you won’t be confronted with any extra cleaning charges. We only take the amount that was promised to you at the start. Also, we’re available for service any day of the week. You can hire us for one-day cleaning or on a daily or weekly basis. All you need to do is visit our website and provide us with your details and your needs so that we can get back to you with a quote. Hurry up and check us out!

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