The Part of Your House You’re Probably Not Cleaning (and How to Do It)
When was the last time you cleaned your walls? Sure, you’ve probably grabbed a Magic Eraser to wipe away a mark that was bugging you. But can you remember the last time you really spent a good chunk of time dusting and washing your walls? We’re guessing the answer is no — and you’re not alone: For as much as you look at them, walls are a majorly under-cleaned area of the home.
Luckily, a fan-favorite product on Amazon makes cleaning your walls easy, and all without climbing on a chair or lugging a step stool or ladder. I’m talking about the CHOMP long-handle dust mop, which has close to a 70 percent five-star average.
Essentially, it’s an adjustable pole (it ranges from 26-60 inches) that removes dust, grit, grease, and other grime from hard-to-reach surfaces with an accompanying microfiber mitt. (Think of it like a Swiffer for your walls, only way less wasteful.)
How to Use the CHOMP Dust Mop to Clean Your Walls
So, how do you actually use the thing? I like to clean my walls in two steps — dusting and actual washing — and the CHOMP accomplishes both. Here’s how:
- Dust your walls. Always, always dust before you clean, since dust will just stick to the wall when it gets wet. I used the blue mitt that CHOMP came with; it has longer microfiber sections, so it’ll grab all the dust from your walls. I loosened the tension hinge on the head of the mop (tighter tension is better for holding a preferred angle, like when you want to clean a baseboard or section of molding). Then, I glided the CHOMP back and forth, focusing on any areas with visible dust (don’t forget the spider webs in the corner of your ceiling).
- Choose your cleaner. For the actual cleaning part, you can invest in a CHOMP spray cleaner, or you can uses a homemade mixture of warm water and a few drops of Dawn dish detergent (the blue kind). It’s helpful to keep a second bucket of clean water nearby for rinsing. Just be careful not to use your dusty mitt! If you don’t have two, hand-wash the one you used to dust before washing the walls with it.
- Get to washing! After spot testing an inconspicuous area of my wall, I immersed the CHOMP head in the cleaning solution and used the accompanying squeezing tray to remove excess water. Then, I cleaned in up and down or circular motions, focusing on any visibly dirty areas and adding more solution when needed.
- Work out stains, if necessary. If marks or scuffs remain after cleaning, you might need to enlist the help of another, dedicated tool. I usually use a Magic Eraser (or off-brand melamine foam) moistened under the faucet to work out pesky stains.
Once your walls dry, sit and enjoy the spic-and-span walls you just achieved with minimal effort! Once I wash the mitts, I’ll definitely be using the CHOMP again in another room.