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The Ultimate Walls and Ceilings Cleaning Quiz
by Staff
Most people like to put off the job of cleaning walls and ceilings. It can be a messy, labor-intensive job to have to scrub all those surfaces. With a little regular care and attention, you can go a few years before you have to consider a major cleanup. Take our quiz to see how to keep all those walls and ceilings clean.

What is the best solution for cleaning painted walls and ceilings?

  • Make your own: To a gallon of warm water, add ½ cup of vinegar, 1 cup of ammonia and ¼ cup of baking soda.
  • It is best to purchase a good all-purpose spray or foaming cleaner containing bleach for your walls and ceilings.
  • For best value, purchase a bottle of a quality concentrated cleaner and dilute as per label instructions.

How many common kinds of paint formulations are most commonly used for walls and ceilings?

  • four
  • three
  • two

What is a good inexpensive and environmentally friendly all-purpose cleaning solution suitable for spot cleaning and that you can formulate yourself?

  • Add four tablespoons of baking soda, 1/4 cup of ammonia to one quart of warm water.
  • Mix five tablespoons of baking soda, ½ cup of vinegar to one quart of warm water.
  • Mix four tablespoons of baking soda to one quart of warm water.

How many various finishes are available for both latex and alkyd interior house paints?

  • four
  • three
  • two

What is the best way to clean painted ceilings?

  • Use a sponge, a stepladder and an assistant to dip and wring out the sponge as you work.
  • You can use a sponge mop to wash your ceiling from the floor and you should wear goggles.
  • Remove all cobwebs regularly, but it is best to repaint a ceiling when it is showing dirt as it is difficult to clean.

What should you know about cleaning spray-on acoustic finish ceilings?

  • You cannot clean spray-on acoustic finish ceilings.
  • You can purchase a special self-wicking soft brush mop designed for cleaning acoustic finish.
  • You can use a special spray on foaming cleaner that bleaches the ceiling and dries invisible.

What type of ceilings cannot be cleaned?

  • acoustic ceiling tiles
  • decorative plaster ceilings
  • both of the above

What is the easiest way to clean an interior brick wall?

  • You can scrub a brick wall with a stiff bristle brush and all-purpose cleaner.
  • You can purchase a special cleaning solution formulated for cleaning bricks that will not leave a white residue.
  • You should only clean walls with a solution of 3 Tsp. of boric acid and one gallon of warm water.

What should you do before you wash any walls with our heavy duty cleaning solution?

  • You should spot clean all fingerprints, scuff marks and crayon marks first.
  • Test your cleaner on an inconspicuous area first to insure finish is not harmed before you start to clean the walls.
  • Vacuum up or wipe away all cobwebs with a broom before you start to wash.

What is a great trick for removing transparent tape from a painted or papered wall without marring the finish?

  • Use nail polish remover using a cotton tip, lift the edge of the tape and apply more as you slowly peel.
  • Spray a little penetrating oil on the tape, let sit for a few minutes and peel away the tape.
  • Use a protective cloth between a warm iron and a wall to soften the adhesive backing before peeling off the tape.

What is the best way to clean mirror tiles on a wall?

  • Use a sponge soaked in a solution of sudsy water with added vinegar and a quality squeegee.
  • Use a soft cloth and a standard spray on window cleaning solution, wipe to a shine with crumpled newspaper.
  • Use only the special spray product that is deigned specifically for cleaning mirror tiles.

What is a good recipe for a cleaning solution that does wonders cleaning vinyl wall coverings?

  • Mix 1⁄2 cup vinegar and 1 quart of water, gently apply to the surface with a sponge.
  • Mix 1⁄4 cup dishwashing liquid with 1 cup of warm water in a mixing bowl, and beat the mixture to stiff foam with an eggbeater.
  • Both of the above recipes work very well to clean dirt from vinyl wall coverings.

What is the best way to clean non-washable wallpaper?

  • You can use a fist-sized wad of rye bread and rub it across any dirt or discolorations.
  • Use can use dry-cleaning fluid from a spot applicator bottle in a well-ventilated area.
  • You can dab spots and marks away with painters tape wrapped around your fingers sticky side out.

How can you fix up small nicks or scratches in the woodwork on your walls?

  • Keep a small container of matching paint or stain to use for touchups and apply with a small artists brush.
  • Pick up a pack of furniture touch up crayons at your hardware store.
  • Both of these solutions will work to touch up small scratches or nicks.

When it is all said and done, what is the best thing you can do to keep your walls and ceilings looking clean and fresh?

  • Plan on repainting once every three to five years to avoid the headache of a major cleaning job.
  • Dust your walls and ceilings regularly with a soft vacuum brush or a soft dust mop and spot clean as necessary.
  • Plan on doing a major cleaning of your walls and ceilings twice a year and spot clean between times.