How to Clean Venetian Plaster

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Things You'll Need

  • Soft cloths

  • Mild liquid dish detergent

  • Water

  • Bleach-free cleaning wipes

A Venetian plaster finish

Venetian plaster is an ancient wall-finishing technique but is still quite novel here in the United States. Smooth plaster is layered to give the appearance of Italian marble. Applying Venetian plaster instead of paint of wallpaper can give your home an interesting and refined look, but this type of surface can be delicate and confusing to clean. Fortunately, removing dirt and simple stains with common household products is not difficult. When applying Venetian plaster, always use an easy-clean finish to avoid headaches down the road.


Step 1

Dampen a soft cloth with warm water, and apply a dab of mild liquid dish detergent in the center.

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Step 2

Very lightly buff the soapy cloth over any spots of dirt or minor stains to remove them. Remove soap residue with another damp cloth if necessary.

Step 3

Dry the clean Venetian plaster with a different soft cloth.

Step 4

Remove more difficult stains from coated walls with a bleach-free cleaning wipe and light pressure. Pat away any excess moisture with a clean, dry cloth.

Step 5

Have uncoated Venetian plaster walls that are badly stained or damaged professionally cleaned and/or repaired.


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