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What would you use to wash walls and baseboards?


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One of MJ's posts got me thinking.  I've gotta clean the house I've just moved out of, and the walls and baseboards look like hell. What would you use to clean them?  MJ mentioned Pine Sol, vinegar, and Oxi-Clean.  Should I go with something like that, or would something simpler, like ammonia, work as well?

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Original Post by purespark:

One of MJ's posts got me thinking.  I've gotta clean the house I've just moved out of, and the walls and baseboards look like hell. What would you use to clean them?  MJ mentioned Pine Sol, vinegar, and Oxi-Clean.  Should I go with something like that, or would something simpler, like ammonia, work as well?

 

 I haven't done it much, but I used pledge on the baseboards.

 

My grandmother used vinegar water on the baseboards. But I suspect any ole cleaning solution would suit.

Oh I misread. Walls and baseboards...409?

I like pine-sol.

You can also by an actual soap for cleaning walls.  I know they sell it at paint stores and probably places like Lowes.  It's actually a heavy cleaner to prep for paint, but it works well.

I think you can use odo-ban too, if you're worried about any smells.

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Toothpaste  not the gel kind   for the walls    works wonders on black marks, crayon marks   what have you   Thank you HGTV.

Toothpaste, I forgot about that!  It also fills nail holes.  I remember that from the dorms.

Original Post by kathygator:

My grandmother used vinegar water on the baseboards. But I suspect any ole cleaning solution would suit.

I think I'll try vinegar water before anything else.  It being non-toxic, and all. 

Original Post by kathygator:

My grandmother used vinegar water on the baseboards. But I suspect any ole cleaning solution would suit.

This ^ for me too, but the most important thing is to know what kind of paint is on them, if any.

Gloss paint will be fine with just about anything.

Any other kind of paint and I'd call Home Depot or Lowe's and ask them how they suggest cleaning that kind of paint.

:)

Oh and those magic eraser sponge things are amazing! Even with just water!

Simple Green works well for the grimier spots. It is also non-toxic.  

Probably not what you're looking for - but I got a portable steam-cleaner as a Christmas present last year - it works great on baseboards and our wooden blinds/etc.

I'd think vinegar/water would work well, but if you have a steamer, try that :)

Don't forget to stock up on Mr. Clean magic erasers!

Oh yeah, I have two of those Magic Erasers.  Sweet!

i use fairy washing up liquid for everything, it took the dog grease off my wall brilliant.

If you really want the walls clean, use TSP or products called TSP substitute. 

Ammonia would probably do the trick too, but stinks of course.  (And whatever you do, do not mix ammonia with chlorine.)

I see it's already been said several times, but I do have to agree that those Magic Erasers are spectacular for cleaning walls & baseboards.

I use them for where my dog lays against the kitchen wall (eww - grimy!) and if we splatter anything on the wall above the stove, etc.

The generic brand ones work just as well as the Mr. Clean brand, except that they don't seem to last quite as long.

I'll probably use the Magic Erasers for really icky looking spots, and maybe get some TSP for general washing.  I really want to brighten things up. 

Although I'm sort of starting to think I should just paint - it would probably take about as long as washing walls, really, and look nicer.

Original Post by purespark:

 

Although I'm sort of starting to think I should just paint - it would probably take about as long as washing walls, really, and look nicer.

yeah i would agree with this...easier i think.

 I thought it asked about balls and washboards.  Nevermind.
Original Post by purespark:

I'll probably use the Magic Erasers for really icky looking spots, and maybe get some TSP for general washing.  I really want to brighten things up. 

Although I'm sort of starting to think I should just paint - it would probably take about as long as washing walls, really, and look nicer.

If you're going to paint, you may have to wash anyway Frown so that the new paint adheres to the surface.  Don't want to do all that work just to have paint flake off!!

Original Post by lildutchgirl79:

Original Post by purespark:

I'll probably use the Magic Erasers for really icky looking spots, and maybe get some TSP for general washing.  I really want to brighten things up. 

Although I'm sort of starting to think I should just paint - it would probably take about as long as washing walls, really, and look nicer.

If you're going to paint, you may have to wash anyway  so that the new paint adheres to the surface.  Don't want to do all that work just to have paint flake off!!

i've never washed walls before painting, and so far i've never had any issues

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