Walls and ceilings are often overlooked during house cleaning schedules, but when cleaned correctly, they can help to significantly reduce the amount of dust floating around your home. If you can find the time to clean your walls and ceilings regularly, then your task will get easier each time, otherwise, aim to clean them every couple of months or so (or have your professional cleaner incorporate it into their cleaning schedule if they haven’t done so already).
Here’s some guidance for cleaning your ceilings first:
Ceiling Cleaning Guidance:
Cleaning your ceilings before you tackle the walls makes sense since some dust and grime will inevitable fall down and settle on them, meaning you’ll simply have to clean them again if you don’t clean the ceilings first.
A cleaning tool with a microfiber cloth and a long handle is the most convenient, and eliminates the need for stepladders. For more stubborn dust or dirt on the ceiling, try using a long-handled paint roller wrapped with sticky tape.
For a flat ceiling, make a cleaning solution from a cup of warm water combined with 4 drops of liquid dish detergent and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar. Pour the solution into a spray bottle and spray it lightly over dirty areas of the ceiling. Then, simply rub it off with a damp paint roller or microfiber mop.
Wall Cleaning Guidance:
Be sure to dust the walls down first, and if possible, push all furniture into the center of the room so that you can easily clean behind it all; you may want to cover your furniture with old sheets to prevent them from getting any drips on them.
For painted walls, fill one bucket with a gallon of water and add some liquid dish detergent, while filling another bucket with a gallon of warm water.Beginning at the entrance, lay down a clean towel at the base of the wall you’re going to start with, dip a sponge into the bucket filled with soapy water and gently wring it. Then, wash 3-foot by 3-foot sections of the wall, beginning at the top and working your way down. Try to do so using light, circular motions and focus on areas where hands frequently go, such as around light switches. Next, dip a clean white cloth into the plain water bucket and gently wipe down the area you’ve just washed, before drying it and moving on to the next section. Once you’ve finished every wall, allow them to dry for around half an hour before tackling any stubborn stains that you were unable to eliminate.
Many people choose to hire a professional cleaning company to come in and complete these kinds of cleaning tasks, and since it’s quite time consuming and certainly not enjoyable, why not!