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Naples, FL Painting Experts Provide Tips on Cleaning Your Painted Walls

Freshly painted interior walls help make your home look like new and provide accent to each room’s features and furnishings. Over time, though, dust, dirt, and airborne contaminants adhere to walls and slowly dull their finishes. A thorough wall cleaning can restore the luster of your interior walls and, if done on an annual basis, can help maintain a wall’s beautiful finish for years.

If you’ve never washed interior walls before, who better to guide your efforts than the experts who applied the finish to begin with. With more than 25 years of service in the Naples, Florida area, FCI Painting has long-established interior painting expertise. We also know how to clean and preserve the beautiful finishes we create, and offer the following tips to help you clean your painted walls:

Begin with Dust Removal

You should begin your interior wall cleaning efforts by vacuuming or gently wiping away dust that hasn’t yet adhered to the painted surfaces. Use the vacuum cleaner’s dust brush attachment and/or microfiber dust-removal cloths like Swifter.

Keep Your Cleaning Gentle and Mild

The type of paint used on your interior walls should dictate your cleaning solution choice. You should always opt for the gentlest cleaner possible to best preserve the finish. Matte, flat, eggshell, and stain finishes tend to be the most delicate. Use a small amount of mild dish detergent in warm water for your cleaner and avoid using any elbow grease while washing the walls with a soft cloth—the key is “gentle” cleaning action.

Because glossy and semi-gloss finishes are hardier, they can handle stronger cleaning solutions, including those with degreasing formulations, though avoid those with abrasive scouring agents and ammonia. These cleaning solutions can also be used on latex paint finishes, and you can even add a bit of ammonia if cleaning oil-based finishes.

Don’t Forget the Rinse!

Consider using two buckets for the job, one for cleaning solution and the other for rinse water. Wash the walls with a gentle, circular scrubbing motion using dampened, non-abrasive sponges, rags, or cleaning cloths. Start at the top of the wall and move down in small sections, with follow-up rinsing before the cleaned sections can completely dry. Whether with the cleaning or rinsing, always try to limit the amount of liquid on the wall. Your efforts should be tailored as a damp wash and rinse rather than a soaking-wet wash and rinse.

Because you have used a damp wash method, your walls should air-dry quickly. To speed the drying, you can open the windows or can gently go over them with a drying towel.

Spot Treat for Stains, Streaks, Scuffs, and Marks

While cleaning your interior walls, you will undoubtedly come across various stains, streaks, scuffs, and other marks that your chosen cleaning solution will be unable to remove. Take an incremental approach to stain removal by using the gentlest cleaning agents first. Then try ever-increasing harsher solutions until you’ve successfully removed the stain or mark. A cleaning paste composed of baking soda and water can remove many stains and marks. Simply apply it to the mark, give it a bit of time to set, and then gently wipe it away. Baking soda is abrasive, so refrain from scrubbing too hard.

Hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol may work with red wine and similar difficult stains. And powerful cleaning products, such as magic erasers and stain-removal pens, can be effective, too. Make sure you try these products on an inconspicuous area first. This will ensure that they will not remove or damage the finish. Also, follow-up any stain removal action by wiping up and rinsing residual cleaning agents with a damp sponge.

If all stain-removal options fail, you may need to restore the finish at that section of the wall with a paint touch-up job.

When It’s Time, Consult with the Experts at Naples-Based FCI Painting

Despite your best efforts to maintain your interior finishes with regular cleaning, at some point your interior walls will need to be repainted. We trust that when this time comes you will consider consulting with the experts at FCI Painting. With more than 25 years of professional interior painting experience, we have beautified the interiors of thousands of Naples, Florida-area homes and businesses. To learn more, contact FCI Painting online or give us a call at (239) 435-1001.

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6 Stars

The entire process from start to finish was professional. They did a great job and left everything clean. Ryan wouldn’t leave until everything was perfect. The entire team was so responsive. I would recommend FCI to anyone. I would give them 6 stars if I could.

Bruce G

Reasonably Priced & Very Detailed

We have a three unit, two story condo building that needed an exterior painting job we awarded to FCI Painting. Their proposal was reasonably priced and very detailed. Richard Foden’s came to estimate the job and took the time to explain the process, answer questions and provide recommendations (that help us in our process). We received four proposals and FCI’s stood out making our decision straight forward. FCI crew was professional and the foreman ‘Eduardo’ exceptional. On a daily basis’s he communicated what to expect, what they would be achieving and the crews next steps. Crew was courteous and cleaned up the grounds every evening. We highly recommend FCI Painting company. Thanks

Leo G

Incredible Service

I honestly cannot recommend this company enough. I was attempting to find painters in Naples while I was still in Canada. Richard and his team were so helpful in the process, going above and beyond what I could have ever imagined. They were thorough, professional, and one of the best prices I found in the area. Incredible service.

Jeremy S

Definitely Use Them Again

Richard and his team were great to work with. They were polite, cleaned up and did an awesome job! I have already recommended them to people and would definitely use them again.

Helen R

Ahead of schedule

Very professional, prompt… even ahead of schedule. I will always use them from now on.

Brittany K

Can’t Recommend FCI Painting enough

I can’t recommend FCI Painting enough! Owner Richard Foden runs one of the finest painting companies I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. When my business moved into our new office, we started researching painters in Naples, FL and FCI came highly recommended. The commercial painters that Richard works with are prompt, thorough and professional. After working with them in a business setting, I’ll be certain to give Richard a call next time I’m in need of house painters as well.

Martin V

Professional & Friendly

Had my condo painted by FCI Painting and they did an outstanding job! They were professional and friendly.

Eileen F

Competitive & Fair

FCI Painting did an outstanding job for us and we are more than pleased with the results. We found the pricing to be competitive and fair. Our painter, Chris, was an expert craftsman, patched several areas of drywall that needed attention and helped us work through a problem we had with one of the colors we chose. We would definitely recommend FCI painting for anyone looking for a quality job at a fair price.

Donna C

Way Above Expectation

Big thanks to FCI, I had them paint my house inside and out and they did a fantastic job, way above my expectations, there employees were punctual and polite, and the work was completed 2 days before the scheduled completion date. Would not hesitate to recommend A++++++++++

Neil S

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FCI Painting did a fantastic job on my driveway. They were swift, neat, and very sharp eye on quality. I would highly suggest there work and I would call them again.

Tom D

Pleasure to Deal With

FCI did a great job painting our home! Job was done on time & on budget, no surprises! Rich was a pleasure to deal with & was very prompt when responding to a question or request. Chris, our painter, was on-time each day, always prepared, cleaned up every afternoon, worked at a good pace & super friendly. Would definitely use them again & recommend them highly!

Christine C

Always an Outstanding Job

My family has used FCI in our homes and businesses. They have always done an outstanding job, neat and clean and Richard is wonderful accommodating owner to work with. I would highly recommend this company to anyone.

Valerie G

Great Company, Great Results

Great Company, Great Results! We use FCI whenever we can!


Easy to Deal With

Pleasant and easy to deal with. Did exactly what they said they would, when they said they would do it. Would highly recommend.

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Beautiful Work

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