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Old 09-01-2012, 11:05 PM   #1
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Hi I am wondering how to clean textured walls that haven't been painted. I can't wash them with anything wet as it removes the textured coating. I would really like to paint the walls but don't know what to do about the grime. Plz help!
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They haven't been painted but they are grimy? What happened? What kind of texture?
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The house came with textured walls but no paint. Husband says its called knock down. I wanted to paint them right off the bat but husband said not yet. So here we are almost four years later (we have kids) and the walls are quite dirty in many spots.
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Just use a primer over the wall I am in property management so I deal with dirty walls a lot. Just primer and paint.
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Just use a primer over the wall I am in property management so I deal with dirty walls a lot. Just primer and paint.

not a wise idea , at all, you need to clean them first
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Just use a primer over the wall I am in property management so I deal with dirty walls a lot. Just primer and paint.
I suppose in a property management situation where you do not care about longevity and washability of the surface because you will paint it when the apartment turns over in months or a year you could try this approach but for a homeowner that does want the paint job to last you cannot skip the prep.

You risk an adhesion issue if you do not clean them. Priming and painting dirt and accumulated household oils/grease, kid prints, etc. could (probably will) come back to haunt you.

It sounds like it is a drywall knockdown of some sort and the compound will dissolve to a point with water. I would use a large car wash sponge with a light touch. I would make several passes with it fairly dry rather than saturating it with water. Don't panic if some comes off as that is to be expected.

They've always struck me as rather gimmicky toys but perhaps this is an application for one of those steamer cleaners if they do not saturate the walls too much. Anybody else tried them on walls?

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Then wash the walls and texture where needed and paint.
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