Do I Really Need to Clean My Walls Before Painting Them?

If you’re planning on painting the walls inside your home, you’ve likely heard the advice that they need to be washed beforehand. But if you’re in a time crunch, you might be wondering, is this step really necessary? The answer, usually, is yes. Cleaning your walls is an important part of the preparation process to create a smooth and spotless finish. Washing down your interior walls is especially necessary if: You or a previous owner smoked insideYou’re painting a kitchen, bathroom, or mudroomThe walls have grease or grime stainsThe walls have crayon marks or shoe scuffsYou have a…

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