How to Spot-Clean a Wall

January 30th, 2023

Hey there! If you own a home, rent a property, or manage a property, chances are you’ll need to spot-clean your walls at some point. Whether it’s from little accidents like spills or smudges, or bigger messes like crayon drawings or pet stains, keeping your walls clean is important for maintaining their appearance. Especially at the end of a lease to secure your bond back.

So don’t worry if you have to clean up a stain every now and then. It’s just part of keeping your home looking its best. And with the right tools and techniques, it’s easy to get your walls looking like new again. Happy cleaning!

Step 1: Determine the type of stain.

Different stains necessitate different cleaning methods. Grease and oil stains, for example, may be cleaned with a solution of water and dish soap, but crayon or pen markings can be erased with rubbing alcohol.

Step 2: Put the cleaning solution to the test.

Test a cleaning solution on a tiny, inconspicuous section of the wall before using it on the full stain to ensure it does not damage the paint or wallpaper.

Step 3: Dispense the cleaning solution

Gently blot the stain with the cleaning solution using a soft fabric, such as a microfiber cloth. Rubbing the stain will spread it and harm the wall.

Step 4: Rinse the cloth with water

Use the cleaning solution to get rid of as much of the stain as you can, then rinse the cloth with water and wipe the area to get rid of it and any leftover cleaning solution.

Step 5: Repeat the procedure (yes, again, sorry)

If the stain remains visible, continue the cleaning solution application, rinsing, and blotting process until the stain is completely and utterly gone.

Step 6: Wipe the affected area with a moist towel

Wipe away any residual residue with a clean, moist towel after eliminating the stain.

Step 7: Allow the wall to dry naturally

If it ever crossed your mind to dry the wall with a hair-dryer, well, don’t. Allow the wall to completely dry before applying any touch-up paint or wallpaper paste. This will prevent any future harm to the wall or residue that may collect dirt or dust.