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HOW TO CLEAN PAINTED WALLS
Washing your walls should be a regular part of house cleaning, especially if you have doodle-happy kids and/or muddy pets running around. It may seem less crucial than other chores, but it is important for keeping your home looking and smelling good and extending the life of your paint.
Popular natural cleaning solutions include white vinegar or baking soda. At best, vinegar can help in removing soap scum and mineral deposits, neither of which are likely to be your problem in this case. Though a mixture of baking soda and water will clean your walls without removing paint, it can leave a stubborn white film behind, requiring you to do multiple wipes after cleaning.
Not all types of paint respond as well to cleaning as others. Flat, satin or eggshell finishes are a little more delicate, but you just need to be extra gentle when rubbing or wiping.
Whether they're coated in flat, satin, eggshell, gloss, semi-gloss oil-based or latex paint, using a non-abrasive cleaner is the best way to clean painted walls. Keep walls clean and free of dust, fingerprints, stains and smudges with Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner.
Spot clean fingerprints and other marks as soon as you notice them, and deep clean once a year to keep dirt off and maintain that freshly-painted look.
TIP: If you're dealing with more heavy-duty stains, such as grease splatters on your kitchen walls, see how to clean those here.
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