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post #1 of Old 07-06-2015, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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What's Your Trick for Filthy Walls?

A regular client of ours hired us for a special project - cleaning their fixer upper. They removed 100% of the debris and carpeting.

We are starting with walls so they can get started on painting the walls.

The walls have about 1/8" of greasy, smokey, grime. This is in every single room. The grime is so thick and nasty that they can't paint over it, the paint drips off and separates from the grease and won't dry.

We are working slowly, room by room, spraying then scrubbing manually. It's taking forever, and haven't been able to find a faster cleaner or method. As a residential cleaner who has never been to a home THIS dirty, I'm hoping someone else out there will have some ideas?

Has anyone ever had to clean walls with years and years of filthy build up? What is the chemical and method that you prefer?
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We do some hoarder projects. We get them some times where someone has been smoking cigars for 20-30 years. Or more. Windex. Use Windex. Spray it on. Let it set about 10 seconds. And wipe. Will put a shine on it too for you.
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Ammonia and water should help! I would rinse with a damp cloth and dry immediately. You'll need a fan running for the smell anyways!
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ammonia and lemon may help
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I would recommend going to your nearest commercial supplier and asking them. They may have a product designed for such a purpose.
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Scrub pad with a bucket of 1 part fabuloso and 3 parts hot water. If it's a lot of wall space, we use a microfiber mop to hit the wall surfaces...makes it go wayyy faster.

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A regular client of ours hired us for a special project - cleaning their fixer upper. They removed 100% of the debris and carpeting.

We are starting with walls so they can get started on painting the walls.

The walls have about 1/8" of greasy, smokey, grime. This is in every single room. The grime is so thick and nasty that they can't paint over it, the paint drips off and separates from the grease and won't dry.

We are working slowly, room by room, spraying then scrubbing manually. It's taking forever, and haven't been able to find a faster cleaner or method. As a residential cleaner who has never been to a home THIS dirty, I'm hoping someone else out there will have some ideas?

Has anyone ever had to clean walls with years and years of filthy build up? What is the chemical and method that you prefer?
Hi,

Let's talk about both the scenarios.

One is - if you do regular intensive cleaning to your home, then your walls will be wet wiped and scrubbed properly and regularly, because of which your walls won't get the dirt/mold accumulated.

Secondly - you can still get the intensive cleaning done where the professional companies use Eco-friendly and herbal products to get rid of such stubborn grime.
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Sometimes I wonder if people here even read the questions asked.

I sympathize with your situation. I have cleaned several homes that dirty, and it is back breaking work and discouraging because it seems like you will NEVER get it clean. And to be realistic, you may never really get it clean. I would suggest discussing this with the customer and see how they feel about it. IF they can afford to, sheet rocking over the walls would, of course, solve it. But that costs a lot. Make sure the client understands that you may not be able to get every single inch perfectly clean.....and keep on trying.
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Sometimes I wonder if people here even read the questions asked.

I sympathize with your situation. I have cleaned several homes that dirty, and it is back breaking work and discouraging because it seems like you will NEVER get it clean. And to be realistic, you may never really get it clean. I would suggest discussing this with the customer and see how they feel about it. IF they can afford to, sheet rocking over the walls would, of course, solve it. But that costs a lot. Make sure the client understands that you may not be able to get every single inch perfectly clean.....and keep on trying.
I agree that the long run solution that is not half-baked is to replace the wall board. The grease have permeated the wall board and if not the grease then the smell. The homeowner needs to get realistic and gut the home. If you were just doing window cleaning that would be one thing but the paper based wall board that only has a (water based) latex paint is suseptible to absorbing the grease.

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Yes, I agree, but I also know that such a major job costs a lot and many of us cannot afford to to this sort of thing. In an ideal world........In the meantime, I would guess the homeowner needs to just keep scrubbing away, until the wall surfaces are in decent enough shape to prime and then paint. OR - IF they like wallpaper (I dont!), that would solve a lot of issues here.

I used to own an 1860 Victorian home - a five-family home- in Cambridge, MA. It had not been well cared for. We bought it and started renovating it, all on a budget. Those were serious, SERIOUS walls, made of old fashioned plaster AND horsehair. Yes, horsehair.. That's what they used to mix with plaster to make it stronger. It worked!!!!! It was fascinating to uncover layer upon layer of ancient wall papers, until we finally found the real plaster wall. I removed all the plaster covering two old chimneys, and found the most wonderful stuff inside each wall! Old newspapers, antique bottles, a ring, a bird skeleton, a coin, nails....all kinds of odd things. It inspired me to leave a time capsule for the NEXT renovator!
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ammonia and lemon may help
I'd go for the same...
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Hello everyone,
I would say if you get dust, dirt, and cobwebs on your walls you should vacuum with a soft brush. Before washing the walls, you will need to remove any loose dirt and dust. Household soap mixtures do a great job cleaning tinted walls. Wash your walls from the top down. Vinegar is a nice method for removing stain from wallpaper. But for better result you should hire professionals as they are knowledgeable for this work and use good cleaning products. Keep sharing.

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