How to clean walls

beau
View the video

How to clean walls

View the video
×

Project Overview

Over the years the walls in your home can get covered in handprints, dust and dirt. If you plan on painting a room, cleaning the walls is always a good idea before you get started. Even if you’re not painting, you’ll be surprised how much brighter your rooms will be after a good clean. 

Continue to step-by-step instructions

Step by Step Instructions

1 Prepare The Wall
2 Clean the wall
3 Wipe the walls clean
  • Step 1. Prepare The Wall

    Start by putting down a drop sheet to stop water and sugar soap from wetting the floor. Cover the top of your power points with masking tape to prevent water from getting into them. Put on your safety glasses and use the brush from the dust pan to brush any dust off the wall. 

  • Step 2. Clean the wall

    Put on your gloves and spray the sugar soap onto the wall. You can also use sugar soap concentrate, diluted into a bucket of water or sugar soap wipes. If you’re using the spray, it’s a good idea to start at the top of the wall and work your way down. You may find most stains and marks in the middle of the wall. Leave it on for 30 seconds or up to one minute for more stubborn stains. 

  • Step 3. Wipe the walls clean

    Leave the sugar soap on the walls for the right amount of time. Then dip your sponge into a bucket of clean water, wring it out and wipe the walls from top to bottom to get rid of the stains. Now get your cleaning rag and wipe the wall to make sure it’s dry.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Bucket
  • Cleaning rag
  • Drop sheet
  • Dust pan
  • Gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Sponge

Materials

  • Masking tape
  • Sugar soap
  • Water
paint brush

Guides & Projects A–Z of painting terms Painting is the easiest way to transform your home. Knowing the terms associated with painting will help you get the right products and tools to give you professional results.

kitchen

Guides & Projects How to choose the right colours for your home Choosing the right colours for your home can be confusing. Find out how to choose the right colours for your home with this guide from Bunnings Warehouse.

Scrape the walls 01:51

Preparation How to prepare walls for painting Good preparation is the key to any painting project. We’ll show you a few of the basic steps involved in preparing a wall for painting to make the job much easier.

paint sprayer 01:22

How To Paint How to use paint sprayers You can power through any paint project big or small with a paint sprayer. They’re easy to use and give you an even, professional finish every time.

roller brush on ceiling 01:58

How To Paint How to paint a ceiling Painting a ceiling is a great way to freshen up a room. We’ll show you how easily it can be done with a few tips and the right tools.

Start painting by cutting in the edges 04:07

How To Paint How to paint a bathroom Give your bathroom a makeover with a fresh coat of paint. In this video we’ll show you how to paint your bathroom ceiling and walls without any fuss.

Man painting chalkboard wall with roller 02:02

How To Paint How to paint a chalkboard wall Chalkboard walls can be a fun, useful and stylish addition to any space. Learn how to paint your own board with these step-by-step instructions.

Person mixing the wallpaper paste 03:05

Wallpaper How to hang wallpaper New wallpaper can transform a room and also cover up any imperfections in a wall. We’ll show you how easy hanging wallpaper can be when you know how.

Top of the content