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woodspirit1

woodspirit1
Lake Toxaway, NC
(Zone 7a)

March 28, 2010
12:18 PM

Post #7662307

I really like Greased Lightning as a cleaner but the label says that you cannot use it on painted walls. What is the best cleaner for walls that will not remove paint?

tcs1366

tcs1366
Itasca,IL&Lk Delton, WI
(Zone 5a)

March 29, 2010
6:46 AM

Post #7663883

I also think it depends on the paint.
I have found cheaper paints will even rub off with water.

409 does a good job.

I recall once when my son was little... i was at a friends house and he accidentally drew on the walls in the 'art room' with a pencil... 409 took it right off.

I too love Greased Lightening... just ran out actually.

I've been trying to go more 'un-chemically' when cleaning... I got this 'stuff' from a neighbor... it's called Thieves
http://www.secretofthieves.com/

It wasn't cheap... but i love this stuff.

HTH -- Terese

woodspirit1

woodspirit1
Lake Toxaway, NC
(Zone 7a)

March 29, 2010
11:11 AM

Post #7664482

Thanks. I actually read the label on my bottle of Murphy Oil Soap and it said I could use it on painted surfaces.
So, just to be sure, I called the company (toll-free number was on the label) and asked them and they said as long as I followed the instructions, it should be fine. That's 1/2 cup to a gallon of water.
If I don't like the way this works, I will go buy the 409 but I happened to have the Murphy's on hand.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

March 30, 2010
8:30 PM

Post #7668484

I use the Mr Clean Magic Erasers to get marks off painted walls.
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 30, 2010
8:56 PM

Post #7668543

You have to be careful with the magic eraser--it does take off paint. Depending on how hard you scrub and what color your paint is it might not be noticeable--initially it'll just take the gloss off of paint and make it more matte, but eventually it will take the paint off. But sometimes it's the only thing that'll get the dirt off too, so you just need to be careful with it. If you have light colored paint it's generally not super noticeable as long as you're not having to clean the same spot over and over again.
pastime
Waterman, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 31, 2010
4:26 AM

Post #7668809

We just washed our painted walls and ceiling in the kitchen using TSP. It didn't hurt the paint. The ceiling in the kitchen yellowed from years of cooking. TSP cut through it all and the ceiling looks good as new.

tcs1366

tcs1366
Itasca,IL&Lk Delton, WI
(Zone 5a)

March 31, 2010
4:32 AM

Post #7668817

what is TSP?

woodspirit1

woodspirit1
Lake Toxaway, NC
(Zone 7a)

March 31, 2010
7:37 AM

Post #7669152

I don't know what TSP is either. but part of my problem is the yellowing of the ceiling in the kitchen.

tcs1366

tcs1366
Itasca,IL&Lk Delton, WI
(Zone 5a)

March 31, 2010
8:04 AM

Post #7669196

OH. i forgot to add before... i too have had 'issues' with the Eraser on walls... cheaper paint i think. some of my walls look like crap, looking from the side, from times i tried to clean them.

having 2 teens and a pooch wrecked havoc on some of my walls.
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 31, 2010
12:21 PM

Post #7669804

TSP is trisodium phosphate--it's a cleaner that people frequently use to clean surfaces prior to painting and things like that--it really gets all the dirt off. You'll probably have to go to a home center/hardware store to buy it though, you won't find it at the grocery store.
pastime
Waterman, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 1, 2010
5:54 AM

Post #7671459

Woodspirit1: It will do a good job cleaning your ceiling and walls whether it's from cooking or nicotine stains. I've never tried it on a glossy painted surface, don't know if it will dull the shine or not. I used it yesterday on the metal, back door, and on the refrigerator and stove. You can find TSP at paint stores, Ace Hardware, etc.

woodspirit1

woodspirit1
Lake Toxaway, NC
(Zone 7a)

April 5, 2010
7:24 PM

Post #7682888

Wonderful info. Thanks to all of you. We have an Ace nearby so I will be there tomorrow.

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