Washing walls.

@jillhill (37383)
United States
March 11, 2008 3:47pm CST
Tomorrow I am going to start washing walls in the morning. In the past I have used Murphy's oil soap but I am out right now and don't want to run to the store to get some. Do you use anything special to wash your walls with? In the dining room I am going to paint soon and don't want it to be covered with anything slippery or something that paint won't adhere to. What do you use to wash the walls?
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@wrdsofwisdm (1070)
• United States
12 Mar 08
Jillhill, If your walls have nothing greasy on them and you are painting again, you just have to dust them off. If they do have some residue, then I would use water with a little Dawn dishwashing liquid mixed in. I was a painter for 7 years so I have learned through trial and error.
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
12 Mar 08
Okay...since you were a painter can I ask you something? I used a glaze over the paint last time I painted....and it seems kind of shiny....do I have to prime the walls before I put on new paint?
• United States
12 Mar 08
Usually glaze has a duller finish than eggshell. Is the glaze mixed with a high sheen paint? What sheen are you considering for your new paint color?
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
12 Mar 08
Probably a semi gloss...
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
12 Mar 08
I use plain water. Guess that's not really washing the walls but to get the dust off. Our house was painted a year ago and all the walls look great right now. Does Murphy's oil soap leave a film on the walls? I know it's a good product.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
12 Mar 08
I don't think it does I always used it because I loved the smell of it!
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
12 Mar 08
Thanks. I have used Ivory liquid for smudges on the walls and have been content with the results. I'll have to keep the soap in mind when I get the urge to clean walls.
@ruby222 (4848)
20 Mar 08
Hi..in the UK...we have a product called Mangers sugar soap...its good for greasy surfaces etc... Now im afraid im a bit lazy..as i tend to just coat them over with paint...unless the greasy bit is too bad.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
21 Mar 08
That works too! LOL
@maddysmommy (16235)
• United States
12 Mar 08
LOL I haven't washed our walls since we moved into our apartment two years ago. I just wipe them down with a cloth. I read in your earlier comments that diluted vinegar works, so I think I might just try that. Does it work for everything else too? I wish I could paint our walls but because we don't own our apartment, I can't. These cream walls are so boring that I have to add pictures, paintings, and wall hangings just to add some life into our home.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
12 Mar 08
That was the best thing about buying...putting color on the walls!
@moneyandgc (3430)
• United States
12 Mar 08
I just recently washed the kitchen walls. I had smudges two feet up all around the walls...not naming names, but she is almost two years old and always putting her sticky hands on everything! Now I just have to do the rest of the house! I just used a squirt of dishsoap in a sink full of water. It did the trick and now my walls are clean again..for a couple of days anyway.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
12 Mar 08
Glad it worked...I got some new stuff with micro beads for scrubbing so I can try that! thanks!
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
12 Mar 08
I use either murphy's for wood walls or any amonia based cleanser or a vinegar dilution. vinegar is really an excellent cleanser and removes so much gunk and build up - if you have a smoker in the house you may wish to use vinegar. I am so fortunate that my smoker smokes outside. . . he always had, ever since we were going to move into an apartment that previously housed smokers and we washed the walls and ceilings which we thought were painted yellow.... nope! it was the nicotine... he promised to never do that to me and he has kept his word as far as that goes. good thing too as I have now developed asthma.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
12 Mar 08
I am going to use the vinegar as I have it here in the house..I always used Murphy's because I loved the smell afterwards.
@Sissygrl (10915)
• Canada
12 Mar 08
The walls in this apartment are painted white, so i usually use bleach in the bathroom and kitchen. To be honest there is so much crap against the walls and on the walls like all the puzzles we glued together and posted on boards and hung, i've never washed the walls in the living room and bedroom. . well that's not true, i wasshed the bedroom wall, but only where the bed is up aginst the wall.. The oils from our skin makes the wall look greasy so i wash that once in a while ;)
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
12 Mar 08
Ah....I wouldn't do these but I want to paint and don't want to paint over anything like dirt so the paint won't stick....just making sure I don't have to paint twice! LOL
@carolscash (9500)
• United States
11 Mar 08
I recently read that diluted vinegar is the best thing to use so I also am going to start washing them down tomorrow and that is what I will use. I am trying to become more enviromentally aware of chemicals and I am looking into natural cleaning products.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
12 Mar 08
I am going to try the vinegar too.....I can even go over the windows if I do that.
@ellie333 (21029)
11 Mar 08
Hi Jill, oh what a job, here in UK I use something called sugar soap which maybe the equivelent of the Murphy's oil soap you mentioned not sure, but a homemade one that will work is about 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1/4 cup washing soda and about half cup of ammonia if you have per gallon of warm water, but vinegar and water on its own should still be pretty good. Ellie :D
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
12 Mar 08
I am going to try the vinager and water in the dining room...I have to take down a border there so that might help a little more too! thanks Ellie.
• United States
11 Mar 08
I usually wash my walls with water and whatever laundry detergent I use. They come in such nice fragrances these days. The added fragrance helps the whole house smell fresher and cleaner. If it's good enough for my clothes and linens, it should be good enough for my walls.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
12 Mar 08
That would make the house smell good!
• United States
11 Mar 08
I use dish soap and clorox for the walls.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
12 Mar 08
I don't really want anything that smells too strong. But thanks for the suggestion.
• United States
11 Mar 08
hi I use hot soapy water, it works really good. I also use pine sol, but like you if I run out and don't want to run to the storee I use hot soapy water and it it amazing how it gets the dirt off. we have white walls, we live in a complex that they won't let you paint a different color if they did I sure wouldn't use white.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
11 Mar 08
Thanks for the suggestion! I appreciate it!