How to Clean Dust off Walls?

The walls in your home do get dusty and dirty over time, the same as any other area in your home. But when last did you clean the dust off the walls, not to mention washed them?

If you think about how often, do family members touch the walls, lean against them, or bump something against them, leaving scuff marks behind.

Dusting and cleaning the interior walls of your home is just as important as cleaning the rest of your home. 

So how to clean dust off walls and wash or spot clean them?

In this post, we answer some important questions, cover the products you need to dust off and wash the walls. We also include cleaning solutions that you could use as well as tips on how to get your walls nice and clean.

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Types of walls

You need to know the types of walls you have in your home and if painted the type of paint. Different types of paint require a more delicate approach, such as paints with eggshell finishes or white walls.

You also need to consider the type of cleaning you are going to be performing. Consider if you are going to dust the walls off, wash the entire wall, or spot clean. This way you will know which of our wall cleaning tips to follow.

Choose the products you need to dust off walls

  • Lamb’s wool duster
  • Broom and towels
  • Flat Mop
  • Long-handled sweeper
  • Vacuum Cleaner with soft brush attachments
  • Microfiber dusting cloth

How to Dust Walls

To clean dusty walls is an easy task to do if you have the right tools to do the job and know how to get dust off the walls. 

Start from the ceiling and work your way down to the floor with the product of your choice that has an extended handle. Be sure to dust off the loose dirt from the walls and in each corner top and bottom.

The easiest way to clean walls from dust is to use a vacuum cleaner that has a soft brush attachment. But hold on, shouldn’t you dust before you vacuum? This is probably the only time you will vacuum while dusting.

If your vacuum cleaner does not include a soft brush, you can consider purchasing one separately, or even a universal dusting brush attachment will do.

When you reach a comfortable level, you can switch to the microfiber dusting cloth. These dusting cloths are super absorbent; they help to attract and trap dust and do not leave bits of cloth or lint behind on the wall.

Once the wall is free of dust, you need to perform a spot test on a small section of the wall that is out of sight. Do this with the first try on a new cleaning solution. Once you have spot tested, you can move onto washing the walls or spot cleaning.

Choose the products you need to wash the walls

  • Two water buckets
  • Towels for drying the walls
  • Microfiber cloths
  • A sponge
  • A spray bottle
  • A solution of your choice

Choose the solution to wash the walls

  • Warm water and dish soap for light cleaning
  • A bucket of warm water, one full cup of ammonia, half a cup of vinegar, and a quarter cup of baking soda for stubborn stains

How to wash a wall 

It is common knowledge for most that all it takes is a little soap and water to clean the walls of your house. But before you begin with washing the walls, remember to lay towels down on the floor to prevent water drips. 

The best way to clean walls in the house is to start by wiping the walls down with a damp microfiber cloth. It is also the way to clean walls fast

If that does not work, move onto the next easy way to clean walls by using the mixture of warm water and dish soap. To clean really dirty walls with stubborn stains use the ammonia, vinegar, and baking soda mixture. Wash the walls off by using a sponge, then dry with a towel to prevent water damage or streaks.

To clean white walls in your house without removing the paint is to use a non-abrasive cleaning product. A household product that is powerful enough to clean the dirt but gentle enough not to ruin your walls. The easiest and best thing to clean walls with is a sponge and a mixture of vinegar and water in a spray bottle.

Next, we cover a few common but important questions that people ask.


What can I use to clean my walls?

For general and light cleaning, warm water, and dish soap should do the job. For stubborn marks, add some vinegar to your cleaning water in a spray bottle. Spray the area and scrub off with a microfiber cloth or sponge.

How do you clean the dust off painted walls?

Begin at the top of your wall by the ceiling and either vacuum, dust, or mop the wall. Dust working your way from the top down to the floor and remember to pay close attention to the corners.

Can you use baking soda and vinegar to clean walls?

Baking soda and vinegar mixed with warm water help boost the power of the cleaning solution. This mixture is mild enough not to damage the paint on your walls if used correctly but it is powerful enough to remove dirt marks.

For stubborn marks, you can also make a paste of just baking soda, rub it on the stain, and leave it for 10 – 30 minutes before wiping it off with a damp cloth.

Can you clean walls with bleach?

Bleach is more commonly used to disinfect a surface and not as a cleaning agent. With that said bleach can be used to clean bad marks from white walls but be sure to dilute it with water first. Using it undiluted cannot only damage the paint on your walls but also the wall’s material.

Can I use a mop to wash walls?

Yes, you can use a mop to wash walls; in fact, it might even make the task of washing the wall easier. It will help you reach higher, give a more even clean with a flat mop, and shorten your cleaning time. 

How to clean dust off walls and wash or spot clean them is all about using the right tools and the right cleaning solution for your type of walls. Dust and wash from the top of the walls working your way down towards the floors.





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