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Washing a kitchen wall

Discussion in 'Personal' started by oldsomeman, Dec 17, 2015.

  1. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    I thought i might ask you good folk for ideas
    Have a kitchen and the walls are painted with matt emulsion.As one can expect over time they has attracted grease and dirt.
    I tried the steam cleaner on part of the wall and the emulsion held but the cleaner didnt do a good job so I assume I have to wash the walls by hand.So you help wanted please.
    Do I just use a propriety brand or detergent or is there a better one? eg vinger and water or cillit bang..i tried the spray on ones and they just smeared and only cleaned a little area...or will the steam cleaner do the job if .i stick the little mop head thingy on the top of it,can't think of its name.
  2. RedQuilt

    RedQuilt Star commenter

    Sugar soap is the best thing for this but don't forget to wear gloves and to rinse the surfaces afterwards.
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  3. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    I would use sugar soap, to get of the grease and grime and then a kitchen cleaner when you've got the worst off. I'm not convinced about steam cleaners and we were told not to use them on our floors.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  4. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

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  5. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    true i should know that as used to use it to wash down woodwork before painting...in the Spring the whole kitchen needs to be repainted but i just wanted to freshen it up for Christmas...besides you can see the results of my attempts yesterday lol:(
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  6. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

    I would agree with sugar soap too. Do be careful though to read the instructions on the amount to use. There will be one amount for general cleaning and another for surface preparation before painting. You'll notice that the sugar soap penetrates the grease as you apply it but it is when you rinse that the grease and grime really comes away. I like to leave it a few minutes before I rinse so that it has time to work. Do a final rinse too, to remove all traces of the sugar soap.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  7. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    I really can't imagine what you have been doing to let it get into such a state, olds!:eek:;)
  8. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    Being lazy and putting it off..it comes down the priority of things to do......so now i have to catch up.
    One day i will spend a whole day doing little.........till then i will dream and do what i cant.I'm getting lazy as I grow old as i would have house cleaned top to bottom in a few days, a few years ago.now i come in and flop by the computer.Stupid thing is you realise that once your going the jobs only take a short while to undertake.Then another hour to put all the stuff back lol
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  9. JTL

    JTL Occasional commenter

    We repainted our kitchen and utility this summer. I did all the cleaning and preparation, washing walls, cupboard doors and shelves, and he did all the painting. He said it was all previously done in ordinary emulsion not kitchen and bathroom paint so we just used ordinary emulsion again. He was wrong! Every little splash of whatever will not sponge off and leaves a stain so I suppose it will all have to be done again in the new year. The actual painting bit is easy.

    When washing down walls, I usually steam them and wipe with a t-towel, but it f very dirty or greasy, I steam and wipe with a cloth dipped in a cleaning solution such as Flash.
  10. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    Washing walls? What's that about? I've not washed a wall in all my 64.5 years.
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  11. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Another vote for sugar soap here @oldsome! (If it's not too late that is? Been busy with stuff myself.)
  12. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Sugar soap. Not that I have ever or would ever do it. But I know that's the proper, old-fashioned way.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  13. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    My physiotherapist doesn't want me working above head height which would leave an unsightly tide-mark on the walls.
  14. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Mm, my psychotherapist doesn't want me working with hazardous substances. You have been warned.
  15. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    Are you teetotal now?
  16. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    lucky you....i get told. am dominated.:(
  17. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    No @oldsomeman Lucky YOU. Some people will pay a fortune for that kind of thing. Just ask @racroesus

  18. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    Don't be (unless you enjoy it).
  19. Jude Fawley

    Jude Fawley Star commenter

    If it's matt emulsion there's a good chance it'll come off when you wet it. If it's silk emulsion it might hold.

    Cure the problem by using Sandtex exterior matt emulsion, indoors.

    It's a masonry paint but it works really well indoors and you can wash it.

    Not many colours available: white, magnolia, Cornish cream and there is a red.
  20. Spiritwalkerness

    Spiritwalkerness Star commenter

    OOOh I shall borrow that...and spend any waking/possible doing stuff around the house moments, laying down. Only snag being I might get asked to paint skirting boards which would still be below head height.

    HHHHmmmnnn, back to the drawing board
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