Dry sponge cleaning is the easiest way to clean ceiling and walls. If your walls and ceiling have grease or fly specks it takes a little more effort but you will still get the job done in half the time if you do it as described in this article. With dry sponge cleaning, you must never allow any water to touch your sponges. Although, with a good wash they are still useful for wet cleaning. Try this method of cleaning your walls and you will finish the job faster than ever before. I promise.
Easy Dry Sponge Cleaning and Wet Sponge Cleaning Walls with Solution
When you unwrap a dry sponge it feels dry and spongy. Never under any circumstances should you get any water on dry sponges or they will be useless for dry cleaning. Dry sponges are perfect for acoustical tile ceilings, flat oil, or latex painted walls. They won’t clean enamel or greasy surfaces. Nor will it remove fly specks or grease. What a dry sponge will remove is the dirt film. Even where the dirt is deeply embedded or smoke damaged, a dry sponge will remove it all. A dry sponge reduces time on the job by about 50%. The sponge will absorb the soil and begin to get black, when it reaches saturation, turn and refold the sponge and continue with the cleaning. When you have folded and refolded the sponge and all sides are black, throw it away and use another one, or wash it for other uses.
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If you take a good swipe at the ceiling or wall and the dry sponge comes away clean, that surface doesn’t need cleaning. If that’s the case, just clean the light fixtures and woodwork and take a nap in the time you allotted for that room. Where many home makers come up short is using old rags for cleaning. We tear up old sheets, shirts or jeans legs to use for cleaning rags. Those rags don’t do a good job, they take forever to do a half assed job. So just take those old rags and stuff rag dolls, use them for wiping up paint or other messy jobs, but don’t even try to use them for cleaning.
If you use Turkish towels, you can use your old ones for cleaning cloths. If not buy new Turkish towel material. Cut the towels in approximately 18 by 18 inch pieces then fold over and sew the sides together leaving it open on both ends. Fold it twice and you will have a thick absorbent cleaning cloth that will cover every surface it passes over. Fold these pieces efficiently and you will have eight different surfaces to use, turn them inside out and you have eight more. When you finish cleaning with these, throw them in the washing machine. You won’t need to add much detergent because they will be full of cleaning solution you were using on the cleaning job. You can wash these cleaning cloths and use them over and over. Tumble dry so they will stay soft enough to use, line drying will leave them stiff and impossible to use.
Sponges and these Turkish towel cleaning cloths are the tools you need to clean ceilings and walls. All you need to go with them is one bucket half full of your cleaning solution, ammonia in water is a good choice unless your walls are greasy, if so add a degreaseer. You will also need an empty bucket. Set your buckets near the wall where you are working. Dip your sponge into the cleaning solution about a half inch. Don’t start at the bottom of the wall, that’s an old wives tale. Work on a three foot section of wall at a time. Cover the area with solution, don’t press hard or water will squirt out of your sponge. Go over it again. Don’t squeeze the sponge. Your folded cleaning cloth should be in your other hand. Quickly wipe and buff the washed area before it dries. Once is enough.
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Now hold your used sponge over the empty bucket and squeeze the dirty water out. Continue the process until the room is clean. The empty bucket will have the dirty residue and the bucket of cleaning solution will remain clean. Cleaning your room in this fashion will save time and your job will be finished quickly.
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