Wall in the Family: Clean Your Walls on a Rainy Day

StartAtTheTopIt’s raining. It’s pouring. But we’re not snoring! In our house those rainy spring days are an opportunity to do some inside housework, the types of chores that aren’t part of the normal routine.

Beautiful clean wall, like in a living room
Like washing the walls. We see our walls every day, but look close and it’s amazing how much dust and dirt and smudges can build up on them. But like washing windows, you just have to stay on top of it.

Partners in crayons:
With kids and a dog, our walls take a beating. The kids tend to walk the hallway with their hands out, leaving anything on their fingers and palms on the wall. And the walls in their playroom feature some artwork that may one day hang in a museum, but today, I don’t want it on my walls. I’ve found with crayon marks, a little baking soda on a damp cloth does wonders to remove those works of art, with only a bit of scrubbing.


For general wall care, use these steps:

Dust first:

Kleen Freaks like us tend to jump the gun when it comes to cleaning our walls. But remember to dust first. This way you don’t end up spreading grime while you’re cleaning.

Test it out:

Make sure your wallpaper or paint won’t be affected by dish soap (which is what I use to clean my walls). Test a little spot that’s hidden from view (behind a picture, for example) to find out.


CheckItOutStart at the top:

Let gravity be your guide. Start cleaning at the top and work your way down. Be sure to dry with a soft towel as you go to avoid streak marks.

Washing the walls is a good way to make the most of a rainy spring day, and makes it feel as fresh on the inside as it is on the outside. So tell me, what other rainy-day projects are on your list?