Washing Walls?

Tips for cleaning walls. Post your ideas.

Swiffer Mop

Use your Swiffer mop to wash down your walls! Simply moisten the pad with your washing solution and got to town!


By cybrlee

Add A Water Softener

When washing walls, whatever cleaning solution you choose be sure to add a water softener, like 20 Mule Team Borax. This makes the dirt come off much easier.

By Ardis Ilene Barnes

Wash From The Bottom Up

No one has mentioned washing walls from the bottom up to avoid streaks & drip marks.

By GraNita

Make Two Passes

If you wash walls from the bottom to the top, you'll have dirty water dripping onto your newly-cleaned wall. Streaks can be cleaned with a second top-to-bottom pass.

By Kendo_Bunny

Mr. Clean Magic Sponge and Woolite

Wash all walls in your house once a year and use a Mr. Clean magic sponge on any tough spots. This will keep your walls looking great, and eliminate painting as often.

I use a capful of Woolite in a bucket of water. Dry each section with a clean rag and look at the dirt that comes off. I learned this tip in Real Simple magazine.


By Liz from Ontario

Use Two Buckets And Other Tips

When washing walls, please ladies, you need TWO buckets of water. One bucket is your cleaning solution. The other is your rinse water. Use at least six to eight rags. Terry cloth is best. Toss all the rags in the cleaning solution. When one is soiled, toss it into the rinse water. The rinse water is all that needs to be changed. The cleaning solution stays clean. Only clean rags go into the cleaning solution.

Use a no-rinse cleaner. The rags that have gone into the rinse water are rinsed out and reused if necessary. Clean from the bottom up, and don't forget the mop boards around the edges of the walls. They are dirtier than the walls because they collect so much dust. By Ardis Barnes

Washing Walls Techniques

There's an easier way. First buy a wall washer from a janitor supply place or use a Swiffer with a thick hand towel folded to fit as a pad, held on by elastic bands. Use one bucket with 1/2 cup each of vinegar and ammonia with a Tbsp. of baking soda. No need to rinse and no streaks unless the place is greasy , then use TSP from any hardware.


By siris

Recipe For Cleaning Walls

The best I have ever found is from the "Queen of Clean" herself. Please correct me if I am wrong but I never measure anything so I'm probably off.

  • 1 gallon water
  • 1/2 cup washing soda (in laundry aisle, next to Borax)
  • 1/4 cup ammonia
  • 1/4 cup vinegar

Wash in a circular motion, starting at the top and work your way down so you don't leave nasty dirt streaks. Believe me, this works! I have never seen my walls so clean. I have used washing soda and baking soda and they both work wonders.

Lemon Ammonia

When washing my walls I use lemon scented ammonia with water. Half and half. This really cuts through grease and doesn't leave a film.

By Barbara Montag from St Cloud MN

Use A Sponge Mop

Use a long handled sponge mop to clean your walls. It makes it easier to reach the high parts of your walls and it also can be used on ceilings. Be careful using a sponge mop on thick, popcorn textured ceilings or rough wall surfaces. It will quickly tear up the sponge.


Make washing down walls for fall or spring cleaning much easier. Try this: Get a new or very clean cat litter pan and a sponge mop that has a long handle. Add cleaning liquid to the litter pan. The sponge mop fits nicely into the shallow pan and the handle on the mop lets you reach to the top of your walls.

By Laura from Elberta, AL

Editor's Note: Watch out for any nails or picture hangers in the wall because they will tear the sponge mop.

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