How do you wash a wall?

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I have lived in this house for 16 years. I rent. The property management company will not paint my walls. So I've been trying to gather up some people to help me. That's not working. So instead of painting can I wash my walls? I have some physical issues like fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome so I'm looking for an easy way to get this stuff off my walls. When I moved in I smoked cigarettes and that's why there are stains on the wall. Can you please help me?

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  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Mar 04, 2019

    If I was your friends I'd rather help you paint than wash walls, but you'd have to wash them any way to paint. Hopefully you paint is washable. Try hot soapy Dawn water, dry quickly.

  • Lorraine Lorraine on Mar 04, 2019

    Jenny, sorry you’re having these issues! Actually painting wouldn’t help much anyways. Especially if you have quit smoking, and you want to get the smell out as well. You would have to clean the wall painting. Also you’d have to get rid of the carpet, and any fabric covered items you had when you were smoking. And washing the walls is a pretty big project also. Check out Pintrest “ how to clean cigarette stains on walls” but I also photo snapped the instructions. They may not come out in the correct order. Also check your renters contract and see what they are supposed to do. Maybe there’s a clause in there that states they’re supposed to paint every few years, or clean carpet, replace carpet....

  • Gk Gk on Mar 04, 2019

    Hello Jenny! Here are some tips on washing your walls.https://www.bobvila.com/articles/how-to-clean-painted-walls/

    https://thediydreamer.com/diy/how-to-clean-walls/

    If your walls haven't been cleaned for some time consider washing them before you paint. Painting will really refresh your room and make it look like new. Make sure to buy a satin finish paint for easier washing down the road.


    Just remember that if you find you tire easily from washing your walls or painting that it doesn't all have to be done in one day. You can work on one wall at a time if that is all you can handle. It may take you a few days to finish but so what! If you can afford to hire a cleaning person maybe you can have someone else come in and wash the walls and then you could do the painting.

  • Sammy Sammy on Mar 04, 2019

    I also smoked and I found that using TSP (follow directions for general cleaning) and a good sponge mop (using an up & down motion is easier that a rag) to rinse put a few drops of original Lysol in your bucket . I'm 70 and do this now once a year- one wall a day

  • Well I wash my walls constantly, like once a month. I have pets, lots of them. TSP would be your best bet. For everyday washing I use vinegar and water. After 16 years they ought to repaint, especially for a long term resident. Sorry your landlord doesn't value long term renters. I would bypass the management company and speak directly with the owner.

  • Jenny Fleming Jenny Fleming on Mar 05, 2019

    Thank you so much for your suggestions! I don't smoke anymore. I shouldn't have smoked in the place to begin with. But I did. Haven't smoked in almost 8 years 9 years! Being free from smoke is wonderful. All of my furniture has the smell gone. The house does not reek of cigarette smoke at all. Yes my landlord should take care of this. I'm getting ready to have my doctor write him a letter telling him that it's psychologically damaging me. Thank you so much!

  • Jenny Fleming Jenny Fleming on Mar 05, 2019

    Oh the owner of the house is a missionary who is stationed overseas. They are very cheap. The people that manage their properties are good people yet they are not as kind as they should be to a long-term, guaranteed rent, and wonderful tenant. They just clean the carpets last year. All of this is supposed to be my duty not theirs. However I am Section 8 and I'm wondering if they can help me. I don't know I just wanted to be painted. But thank you so much for your suggestions.

  • Jenny Fleming Jenny Fleming on Mar 10, 2019

    Thank you so much for your suggestion. I was going to look into that. I need to look into the landlord tenant laws regarding HUD and Section 8. I've also asked my property company to send me a copy of my original lease with them. They haven't done it yet. So here I go again on the phone! Thank you so much for your help!