White walls may look fantastic when new, but they can quickly become yellowed over time due to pets or children playing near them. Without proper maintenance, a lot of grime and dirt can accumulate on light-colored paint, especially if not regularly cleaned off. Luckily, experts offer some strategies for maintaining white wall cleanliness without damage being done to it.
Vera Peterson of Neighborly Molly Maid suggests the secret to scuff-free walls is making cleaning part of your daily routine, both to prevent marks becoming permanent and make your task of maintaining white walls much simpler. This helps prevent permanent marks from appearing and makes maintaining them much simpler!
Peterson recommends beginning your cleaning with a sponge or cloth that has been lightly dampened with water; this can often remove light scuff marks without needing additional products. If this fails, she suggests trying mild dish soap mixed with water, vinegar and water or baking soda and water depending on what kind of stain it is; for more stubborn spots she suggests purchasing Decker’s white scuff eraser from Amazon as an effective cleaning product solution.
If your walls are particularly grimy and you have tried everything, it may be time to call in some serious help. Melissa Maker from Clean My Space suggests testing any cleaning product on a small area first in case it causes discoloration or stripping; otherwise she suggests mixing bleach with water – this solution works particularly well on red wine stains or permanent marker markers, while not recommended for flat painted walls as it could lift their color.
Baking soda, well known for its deodorizing and stain-remover properties, may provide a solution. She suggests making a paste out of one teaspoon of cleaning product mixed with half cup of baking soda in warm water – then use a soft cloth to apply this mixture onto stained areas and leave to sit for at least 10 minutes before rinsing and wiping away with warm water before wiping away paste with cloth to reveal your pristine area.
Alternately, she suggests trying a melamine sponge (commonly referred to as Magic Erasers), designed to be safe on most surfaces and commonly available at most stores. They’ll get the job done with minimal elbow grease – though she cautions they should only be used on flat painted walls due to potential gloss or semi-gloss damage risk.
Lastly, she recommends trying a touch-up paint pen as a last resort. These simple yet efficient tools are easy to use and come in various shades that match up perfectly to the wall’s hue. These tools can also come in handy for touching up scuffs and scrapes that occur over time as well as chipped or peeling paint problems.