How to Clean Water-Based Paint

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A painted wall can be a cinch to clean.
A painted wall can be a cinch to clean. (Image: Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

Water-based paint can be used to paint walls, cupboards, household furniture and many other surfaces in your home. When these surfaces become dirty, you will have to use cleaning methods that work on water-based paint. Generally, this should not be an issue because water-based paint is not easily chipped or peeled from painted surfaces. However, you should still not use overly harsh or abrasive cleaning methods on the surface painted with water-based paint.

Things You'll Need

  • Duster
  • 2 buckets
  • Water
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • 2 cloths
  • 2 towels

Use a duster to remove any dust and loose debris from the surface painted with water-based paint. Start at the top of the surface and move downward as you dust.

Fill up two buckets with water. As the first bucket fills, add several sprays or drops of an all-purpose cleaner to make a cleaning solution.

Put a large towel underneath the painted surface you’re cleaning, so you don’t drip cleaning solution and water all over the floor. This is especially important when cleaning walls.

Use a cloth and the cleaning solution to clean a small area of the surface (about three square feet).

Dip a second cloth into the bucket of plain water and use it to rinse of the painted surface you’re cleaning.

Dry the surface using a separate towel. Continue with this process until the entire surface painted with water-based paint has been cleaned.

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