How to Wipe Walls Down Before Painting

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When preparing a wall to be painted, many people overlook the simple but important step of wiping the walls down beforehand. Walls can collect dust and grime over time and the build-up can actually compromise the quality of the paint job. Luckily, wiping down the walls is very easy and will take minimal time out of your painting schedule.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • Warm water
  • Household cleaning product, such as Mr. Clean
  • Wash cloth
  • Small ladder or stepping stool
  • Fill a bucket with warm water and a small amount of any household surface cleaner, such as Mr. Clean. Drop a wash cloth into the bucket. While it's soaking, remove any hanging decor from the wall you are going to paint. Move any furniture that is up against the wall elsewhere.

  • Ring out the rag so that it is damp and not dripping. Standing on a small ladder or stepping stool, if necessary, begin wiping the wall down, starting in the top corner and working your way straight down to the bottom. When you get to the bottom, rinse out the wash cloth in the bucket of water and cleaning solution.

  • Repeat step 2 until the entire wall has been wiped down. Make sure to rinse out the rag periodically to avoid spreading the dirt and grime around. Use firm, circular motions as you wipe. The wall should be slightly damp to the touch but never wet or dripping. When you have finished wiping the wall down, let the moisture dry for about twenty to thirty minutes before painting.

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