How well can latex paint really be washed off?

Latex paint has a reputation for being easily washable due to its relatively dense surface. Therefore, some do-it-yourselfers decide to coat wall areas, which come more often with dirt, with this paint. But not every latex paint proves to be equally durable - and when cleaning the surface, there is a lot to consider.

When purchasing latex paint, pay attention to the wet abrasion class.

Wall paints are divided into five different wet abrasion classes for their cleanability. The 5 is awarded for less durable paints, the 1 indicates a high wet abrasion resistance.

When buying, pay attention to how high the wet abrasion resistance of your latex paint is. A really high-quality coating should be here at 1, this class usually reach only high-quality latex paints whose surface can be washed off easily.

Other emulsion paints are usually only in the wet abrasion class 2, they form a matte, but very robust surface. Latex paints are particularly easy to wash off, the reason being their dense, dirt-repellent structure.

How to wash your latex paint thoroughly

When the wall finally gets dirty, it's time to clean it up! Since high-quality latex paints repel the dirt relatively well, often simple means are sufficient to get back to a clean surface. However, sometimes more work is required:

  • Light soiling can be easily removed with a microfibre cloth and warm water. A drop of detergent dissolves fat.
  • If gentle washing is not possible, add a brush with plastic or natural bristles. Rub the wall with a damp cloth.
  • A dirt eraser helps to clean the most polluted areas.

Latex paint, however, is not a panacea for dirt. Especially in rooms where smoking is strong, but also staircases for several residential units can be so heavily polluted after some time that no washing up helps more.

What if the latex paint does not get clean?

If the latex paint does not clean up despite all efforts, there are two solutions: Either you paint over it with a new coat of latex paint - or you remove the entire paint coat and coat the wall in a different way.

Tips & TricksShap your latex paint on wallpaper, because it is very difficult for Putz to remove this coating. Fiberglass wallpaper has proven itself in this sense.
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