Why do walls get so dirty? Need some cleaning tips.

United States
July 25, 2007 1:31pm CST
Today I was so fed up with the condition of my walls that I got out my cleaning rags and cleaners and scrubbed everything down. It's so funny, but seems just a week ago I was doing the same thing. I guess it has been a little more than a week. They really needed cleaning. What I can't understand is why walls get so dirty. It's not as if anyone is leaning up against the walls. Where in the world does all that dirt come from? So, I was wondering if anyone had tips on how to keep the walls looking cleaner for a longer period of time. Is there a special kind of paint that I could use so that my walls don't attract dirt? Does Windex work on walls? What do you use to keep your walls looking clean?
3 responses
• United States
26 Jul 07
Believe it or not, but I have found that there really is a difference between good paint and the cheap stuff. Behr is the best. It cost a little more, but it goes on great and my walls don't get half as dirty as they did with the cheaper paint. Do you by any chance burn candles? When I burn candles, my walls do get dirtier quicker. I don't use anything fancy or expensive to clean, but its tried and true. A spray bottle filled almost to the top with warm water, a splash of amonia and a squirt of dish detergent. This also works great in the kitchen on appliances. I found that windex doesn't work that great, makes more of a mess than you start with and it will stay sticky on the walls.
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• United States
26 Jul 07
That is so funny you would mention paint, cause I was just talking to the hubby yesterday about repainting. I will keep Behr in mind next time I am redecorating, which hopefully will be soon. I did not know that about Windex. It's always too expensive for me to simply use on all the household surfaces (and there are lots of those!). So, I just use diluted bleach water. I will try your cleaning solution. Thanks ever so much for the tip.
• United States
26 Jul 07
I am the Queen of Bleach! I love the stuff, but it can affect your breathing, so I have tried to ween myself off.LOL If you use bleach on the walls, even watered down, it will eventually break down even the best of paint. I try to oly use it in the bathroom now. Good luck painting. I just redecorated my whole house and it was a chore.
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• United States
26 Jul 07
Yes! That is so true. Mostly, I use bleach on the counters and in the bathrooms just like you.
@Sharon38 (1915)
• Jamaica
16 Aug 07
I taught my child from early not to make markings on the furniture and especially not the walls because landlords do not like their walls to be dirty and I dont eaither. When she was 8 she wrote someone's name on the wall and the nighbour was baellyaching about it. I got upset and had her wipe it off. She never did it again. My walls got dirty and my couch too when my neighbour's daughter would visit. She puts her feet everywhere. After she stopped coming to visit I cleaned and disinfected and my walls are still clean. I have red floor. If you are removing cobwebs make sure the broom is clean and watch the children where they put their dirty feet and hands. If you let them know you dont like it and why they will try to keep it clean - mine does.Thats for the older ones. FOr the younger ones keep telling them not to do it and a litlle slap on the hand to indicate that its not nice would also assist. I call it my 2 finger beating.
@ibuemma (2954)
• United States
25 Jul 07
I got 2 daughters that constantly "lean" or "smack" the wall with their little hand or body. I used those magic eraser from Mr.Clean and it really does clean my wall. You just gotta be careful not to scrub it or press it to hard, because sometimes it erase the paint on it too. But all the smudge and dirt is gone. So i'm pretty happy with it