Cleaning Your Interior Wall Paint

Let’s admit the hard truth – dirty walls can be embarrassing. It can sometimes get to the point where even family members aren’t allowed over because the walls are so bad.

Nobody deserves to be embarrassed by their walls because they’re dirty. This article can help you keep your walls perfectly clean by telling you how to:

  • Clean latex-based painted walls
  • Wash oil-based painted walls
  • Cleanse matte painted walls
  • Clear chalkboard painted walls
  • Remove crayon from walls

Let’s look at the best ways you can clean your interior painted walls.

You can also update the paint from oil-based to acrylic >>

ladder with paint

How To Clean Wall Paint

Walls are like background scenery in plays. They make up most of the scene, they are constantly in view, and when something is messed up it stands out.

Since they are seen all the time, walls need constant maintenance to look good. There are several ways to clean them, even among the same kind of paint and wall, so let’s take a look:

Always start by removing dust with duster or brush attachment on a vaccuum. Then try to remove the stain with warm water and a sponge as it’s the gentlest on walls.

Cleaning Latex-Based Painted Walls

Cleaning in sections can give you time to dry it with a towel. This helps prevents streaks.

What you’ll need is:

  • Warm water
  • Non-abrasive all-purpose cleaner
  • Sponge (2)
  • Bucket (2)
  • Towel
  1. Mix water and cleaner as per cleaner’s instructions
  2. Fill your other bucket with clear water
  3. Dip your sponge into the mixture and wring out
  4. Lightly rub the walls
    • focus on areas that get touched a lot like around doorknobs
  5. Rinse with your other sponge and clean water
  6. Dry your walls with a towel
  7. Be happy and proud of your clean walls

The next step if this doesn’t work is to mix a paste of baking soda and water. Rub it on the stain with a non-abrasive pad and rinse with water and sponge.

For tough stains follow this recipe:

1 cup of ammonia, 1/2 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 gallon of water.

First, try it on one small spot to ensure it doesn’t damage the wall.

Gloved hand using sponge to clean walls

Cleaning Oil-Based Painted Walls

Cleaning in sections can give you time to dry it with a towel and help prevents streaks.

What you’ll need is:

  • 1 teaspoon liquid detergent
  • 1/4 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1-quart warm water
  • Sponge (2)
  • Bucket (2)
  • Towel
  1. Mix liquid detergent, white vinegar, and warm water
  2. Fill your other bucket with clear water
  3. Dip your sponge into the mixture and wring out
  4. Lightly rub the walls
    • focus on areas that get touched a lot like around doorknobs
  5. Rinse with your other sponge and clean water
  6. Dry your walls with a towel
  7. Be happy and proud of your clean walls

Cleaning Matte Painted Walls

Matte, or flat painted, walls can be cleaned like most any other painted wall. The only difference is that you must be more careful as matte paint isn’t well protected.

What you’ll need is:

  • White vinegar
  • Warm water
  • Soap
  • Sponge (2)
  • Bucket (2)
  • Towel
  1. Make a weak mixture of white vinegar and warm water
  2. Fill your other bucket with clear water
  3. Dip your sponge into the mixture and wring out
  4. Lightly rub the walls
    • focus on areas that get touched a lot like around doorknobs
  5. Rinse with your other sponge and clean water
  6. Dry your walls with a towel
  7. Be happy and proud of your clean walls

If this doesn’t remove the stain try an eraser sponge or a gentle foam cleanser.

Wall cleaning supplies

Cleaning Chalkboard Wall Paint

  • Erasers (if you have them)
  • Cloths
  • Warm water
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar

As for the process of cleaning chalkboard painted walls:

  1. Clean as much chalk off as possible
    • use eraser or cloth
  2. Mix the vinegar and warm water
  3. Dip cloth, wring it out, then wipe board in up-and-down motion

You can also use Coke and a small sponge.

Cute drawing of people on chalkboard paint

Removing Crayon From Walls

Getting crayon on the walls is like a rite of passage when having kids. To remove their creative works, you can use one of these 4 ways:

  1. Mix baking soda and water into a paste and lightly scrub
  2. Lightly rub using a toothbrush dipped in white vinegar
  3. Use a blow dryer to liquify the crayon wax and wipe off with a wet, soapy cloth
  4. Apply glass cleaner to marks for a few minutes then scrub with a cloth
Small child pouting at being caught writing on wall in crayon
Picture by Thorlicense

Transform Your Home With Refreshed Walls

Many people struggle with keeping their walls clean. It’s one of those chores that keeps slipping to the bottom of the list until it gets to be too much. Then you realize how bad your walls are and don’t want to be in your house, much less have people over.

Go from hating your dirty walls to loving your clean home.

You can also learn how to fix water damaged wall paint you come across >>