Should I Wash My Walls Before Painting?

January 14th 2021

Nothing freshens up a room like a nice, new coat of paint. In your haste to get painting, though, it’s important not to neglect the cleanliness of your canvas. At Magic Mist Ceiling Cleaning, we don’t only brighten ceilings of homes and businesses throughout the Lower Mainland, we also clean walls. Magic Mist will ensure your walls are spic and span before they are touched by a roller or a new tint of paint. Are you asking yourself, why wash the walls when I’m just going to cover them up? If so, we have the answers for you. Here are three reasons you should have your walls cleaned before you paint.

1. To help paint stick. Walls tend to collect a buildup of cooking grease, dust, and/or dirt. This buildup prevents the paint from sticking properly, and if it is not removed, your fresh coat of paint may soon start to peel. At Magic Mist, the products we use to clean are food safe, non-flammable, biodegradable, hypo-allogenic, and eco-friendly.

2. To eliminate stains and odors. The stains and smells associated with smoking, fireplaces, or burned food can permeate a new coat of paint if not removed properly, causing your fresh paint job to age prematurely.

3. It’s recommended by paint manufacturers. Most paint manufacturers are steadfast in their belief that walls should be washed before re-painting. In the small chance of you having to reach out to your paint manufacturer about any problems or issues, your case will have a lot more merit if you’ve followed the manufacturer’s cleaning suggestion.

If painting your walls is far from your idea of a good time, perhaps you’ve hired professional painters and are wondering if they will clean your walls for you? In most cases, they will not. They may sand the walls or skip cleaning entirely, leaving you with potential problems down the road. Your best option is to have your walls cleaned before the painters arrive. We know your time is valuable and the last thing you feel like doing is washing walls, so our cleaning services are here for you. We’ll do the washing, and our low-cost, environmentally friendly products will ensure your fresh paint job stays that way for a long time.

When Magic Mist comes to your home, we make sure that all furniture is covered and in place, eliminating the extra time that would otherwise be used to move furniture out of the way. All we ask is that you safely remove small and breakable items from top shelves and tabletops. Anything hanging on your walls should be removed and put away safely and items leaning against the wall — such as couches or other furniture — should be pulled out at least one foot to provide us access to the walls. Check out the wall cleaning page to find out more about our services.

If you are looking to give your walls and ceilings a much-needed facelift, look no further than the expertise of Magic Mist Ceiling. Contact us today for a free estimate and to see how we can help give your walls the cleaning they need.


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