Should You Clean Walls Before Painting?

If you’re thinking about updating the wall color in your home or business, there’s one step you must take in your DIY approach: clean the walls before painting. It may seem like an unnecessary step, however walls with grease, dust, dirt, and other particles can interfere with a quality job and affect the paint’s ability to adhere to the surface. The Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties know all about cleaning walls, floors, ceilings, and more—and they offer their insight on why you should clean walls before painting.

Here’s what to know before you pop the top on the paint can and ready your roller for a fresh coat of paint.

How and Why to Clean Walls Before Painting

Why Clean Walls Before Painting?

Ceilings and walls are exposed to all kinds of dirt and dust, pet dander, cooking oils, grease, and other contaminants like cigarette smoke if you’re an in-house smoker. According to SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties, heating and air conditioning systems can carry these contaminants and distribute them throughout your home or business and settle on walls and ceilings. These particles and oils can make it difficult for paint and primer to set properly, making your DIY job much harder than it needs to be.

How to Clean Walls

To clean walls before painting is an extra step (and it’s not always fun). But if you want the job done right, it’s almost always necessary depending on how much buildup you have on your walls and ceiling says SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties.

If you regularly wipe down your walls or have mild buildup, you can do the following:

  1. Clear away those cobwebs in the corners and do a wipe-down on the wall to clear any surface-level dust.
  2. Wipe down trim, doors, and baseboards with a damp cloth to pick up dust so the painter’s tape will adhere better.
  3. Wipe down walls again with a mix of warm water and mild detergent. A damp sponge will do the trick. Buff away any stubborn grease spots.
  4. Rinse walls with a clean sponge and water to remove any detergent and allow to dry.

If it’s been years since your walls have been cleaned, you may need to call a professional before you paint.

A Note on Professional Painters

If you plan to hire a professional painter, many won’t wash down the walls prior to painting unless asked or paid to. Washing down walls is an additional step that can be quite time consuming for a painter who is contracted to do just that—to paint. Have a conversation with your painter or stay one step ahead by following SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties’ tips in the last section of this blog.

When to Call the Pros

If you can visibly see grease, stains, dirt, and grime on your walls, you may be in for a hefty job before your roller ever gets wet with paint. Reaching all the nooks and crannies in corners and around trim can be tricky, and there are Franchise Professionals available for getting every spot clean and clear before you start to paint. Reaching ceilings can pose another problem for those with back problems or heavy furniture taking up space.

If you’re planning on painting at your home or business, be sure to clean walls before painting. You don’t want to have to keep adding coats or notice dirt and dust particles sparse in the finished paint job.

Ready to clean house with SERVPRO of Cape May & Cumberland Counties? Call 609-624-0202 to learn more about their cleaning services and how they can help you get that perfect, even coat on the walls in your home or business.

Share it with a friend.

Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
Share on digg
Share on email
Apr
6
Mon
Interview with Tom Merighi Jr. Owner of Merighi’s Savoy Inn in Vineland
Apr 6 @ 9:13 am – 9:19 am

Merighi Savoy Inn is helping to feed you and your family on Easter Sunday with their Family Dinner Heat & Eat available for curbside pick up. Tune in for all the details.

Apr
7
Tue
Interview with Chuck Vertolli Owner of Yi’s Karate of Vineland
Apr 7 @ 9:13 am – 9:19 am

Yi’s Karate of Vineland is now offering CDC compliant interactive virtual classes. Tune in to find out how you can try their interactive virtual classes for free!

Interview with Scott Quarella of Bellview Winery in Buena
Apr 7 @ 9:30 am – 9:36 am

No need to miss out! Tune in to hear how Bellview Winery is still serving their customers with curbside and shipping specials.

Apr
17
Fri
Interview with Dan Papadaniil, Owner of Jimmy’s Tailor Shop & Formal Wear in Millville
Apr 17 @ 8:30 am – 8:36 am

Tune in to hear why Jimmy’s Tailor Shop & Formal Wear in Millville is where to go to buy or rent a perfectly fitted suit for that special occasion.

Apr
27
Mon
Interview with Deanna Fournier, Executive Director & Heather Fullerton, Director of Communications & Research Grants of Histiocytosis Association in Pitman NJ
Apr 27 @ 9:13 am – 9:19 am

Tune in to learn what the Histiocytosis Association is all about and how you can help their efforts.

Jul
9
Thu
Interview with Scott Quarella of Bellview Winery in Buena
Jul 9 @ 9:13 am – 9:19 am

Tune in to hear about Bellview Winery’s Barrel Tasting Weekend on July 11th at 12 noon and July 12th at 5 pm. Come out to celebrate the wines to come and learn a little more about why New Jersey wines are seriously good!

Aug
8
Sat
Come join us! Live Remote at the Bellview Winery in Buena for 2020 Seafood Festival
Aug 8 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Come out to the Bellview Winery in Buena for their 2020 Seafood Festival from 12 – 5 pm. Live remote with John and Yamira from 12 – 2 pm!

Oct
15
Thu
Interview with Scott Quarella of Bellview Winery in Buena
Oct 15 @ 9:13 am – 9:19 am

Come out to the Bellview Winery for their 2020 Italian Festival.

Play Video