What is the best way to wash walls before painting?

Q: Prior to painting, what is the best way to wash walls before painting?

A: Washing your walls is an important step in the painting process. If it isn’t done properly – or done at all – it can have a negative impact on your final paint job because paint cannot adequately adhere to a dirty surface.

Over time, your walls can get covered in dust, dirt, and grime. To ensure that paint adheres to your wall for a perfect, lasting finish, clean your walls. Fortunately, cleaning your walls before painting is easier than you might think.

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Before your Paintzen house painters start your painting project, get your walls in good shape. Prepare your room by removing any pictures, mirrors, soft furnishings, and window treatments to the center of the room, along with any furniture. You should also turn off the electricity at your circuit breaker box and cover electrical outlets, light switches, and telephone connections with masking tape to prevent water from seeping into them.

Next, you will dust and wash the walls. You can dust using a vacuum cleaner or microfiber cloth. Then just wash the walls with a damp sponge and allow them to dry. Wash your walls from the bottom up using a nonabrasive sponge. Work in small areas, washing and then using a soft, clean towel to remove excess moisture. Pay particular attention to the middle of your walls, as this is where you will find most marks and stains. Aim to wash an entire wall in one session, using the same technique.

Once the walls are clean, it is time for our painters to paint. Clean walls will also make it easier for Paintzen house painters to see if there is any other prep work that they need to do prior to painting. Additionally, it will result in a longer lasting coat of paint.  

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