Generally, walls and ceilings are painted with either latex or alkyd paint. Latex, a water-based paint, is easy to wash after it has set. Alkyd, or oil-based paint, is durable and washable. Both types come in four finishes: flat (for walls and ceilings), satin (for doors and trim), semigloss (for walls), and gloss (for kitchen and bathroom walls and woodwork). You can clean painted walls with all-purpose cleaners. Here’s a DIY solution you can make up at home to get those ceilings sparkling again.
- Mix ½ cup white vinegar, 1 cup clear ammonia (bleach), ¼ cup baking soda to 4L warm water. Make sure to wear gloves and work in a well-ventilated area when using a powerful solution.
- Apply to the wall with a sponge and rinse with clean water. If your walls have a rough texture use a piece of any old towel or t-shirt rather than a sponge as they won’t tear.
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