Cleaning Walls and Wood Floors

Many of the interior paint systems used today are water washable. However, you need to be very careful when cleaning the walls in order to avoid damage to the surface. If possible, check the cleaning instructions on paint canisters if you still keep them. If not you can always visit and be worry free.

Walls and Wood Floors CleaningWalls – Keep in mind that certain types of staining or soiling will not come off, and in order to avoid cleaning damage, it might be better to consider partial repaint. If you are able to clean the walls, here is what you need to do:

  • Fill up a bucket with lukewarm water, get a soft sponge. In a spray bottle, mix half a litre of fresh water with one or two tablespoons of mild detergent.

  • Spray a sparing amount of the water and detergent solution on the wall surface. It is best to work in sections. Once you treat a section of the wall, let the solution sit on it for five or so minutes. Wipe off any excess drips during the process.

  • Gently dab the sponge over the treated sections of the wall. Wash out your sponge in the bucket after each use – this is essential to avoid water smears on the wall.

Let the wall air dry, don’t touch the surface while wet.

Walls and Wood Floors CleaningWood Floors – wood floors aren’t too delicate when it comes to cleaning, but they don’t tolerate excess water either, so try and find the golden middle when cleaning them, here are a few pointers:

  • Vacuum or dry mop the wood floors before cleaning them. The more often you do this, the less cleaning you will do. The longer hard particles and dirt sit on the floor, the more chance of damage to the floor’s wax or lacquer finish.

  • If your wood floors are in decent nick, you can clean them using a damp mop, right after vacuuming. Remember the mop must be damp – NOT wet.

  • In case you need to remove certain stains, treat them locally using only a small amount of dishwashing liquid, or a cleaning product recommended by the manufacturer or supplier. Wipe excess cleaning product properly in order to avoid staining when dry.

Scuff marks and scratches can be a problem to remove in some cases. In such instances, don’t treat the floor using aggressive cleaning solvents, and don’t subject the floor to rough mechanical cleaning. Consider professional cleaning and maintenance assistance.