How to clean painted walls: say goodbye to dirt and grease with these must-know techniques

Waterproof blue glove with yellow cloth cleaning white wall
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If you don't want to repaint yet, then learning how to clean painted walls is a great option to make sure that they stay crisp and clean. Over time scuff marks, dirty hands and general wear and tear will dull the finish and change the colour, especially if you have white walls in high traffic areas. 

You can consider painting a wall, but it's always a good idea to clean them to see how good they look after a quick wash. If they look the part then you have saved yourself a whole load of cash and time. If you don’t like the state of the walls after a clean they are ready for a fresh coat of paint.  

Here we tell you how to get your painted walls clean and grime free. 

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.