Tips for Cleaning Painted Walls

photo: HouseBeautiful

We’ve all done it:  noticed a mark or a stain on our walls and tried to clean it, but, in doing so, strip away the paint.

Luckily, HouseBeautiful has all kinds of great advice from Carl Minchew (Director of Product Development, Benjamin Moore).

For example, clean the stain as soon as you notice it – the longer it sits, the harder it will be to clean.

And, before resorting to harsh cleaners, start with plain water and a non-abrasive sponge or rag.  Rub it gently.  Not working?  Try some dish soap.

Water is usually enough to get off water-based stains, like ketchup and wine, but for oil-based ones, like cooking grease and crayons, you’ll probably need some dish soap.

Read all about Minchew’s suggestions for textured walls, dents, and paint finishes in HouseBeautiful’s Caring for Painted Walls.

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