Preparation is key for a good surface – Can Sugar soap actually help?

As the name suggests, sugar soap is used to ‘’clean’’ walls for the purpose of decorating them. Don’t get fooled by the name ‘’Sugar soap’’ as there is no sugar in it but its granulated appearance in powder form gives it that name.

Although it has been pretty traditional to use sugar soap to clean your walls before painting for many years, if we’re honest if you’re using our range of natural wall paints you don’t need to use sugar soap at all, just a clean with warm water will suffice for almost all surfaces.

Companies use different formulas for the preparation of these soaps. Fundamentally it is a detergent for washing walls (which can contain some skin irritating ingredients in it)

Preparation before starting the actual painting process is essential, most of the people are hasty and fail to get the desired results due to this. These soaps come in both liquid and powder form where powder form is preferred for larger areas such as living rooms or a reception room.

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Where can I buy good quality sugar soap?

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Tetrion Sugar Soap 500g Powder

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Sugar Soap Concentrate – 2 x 1 Litre 

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Why sugar soap is important:

Washing down the old wallpaper is never high on anyone’s list of things to do, but it’s super important to do. Walls are usually covered (whether you can see it or not) with grease, nicotine and dirt especially if you have kids in the house, or in a kitchen, which can make it a struggle to even get an even single coat let alone two coats.

Dirt of the surface of the wall that gets painted over just leads to the paint not getting good adherence and will flake / chip off way quicker than expected. You paint is ONLY as strong as the base layer.

Therefore, missing out on the washing step is not what you should do if you want your walls to have a nice finish and long lasting. As boring as this step sounds, it will show you great results further down the line.

Bathrooms and kitchens are prone to greasy walls.  Apart from warm water, a sugar soap helps in removing all that grease and dirt so the new coat of paint looks fresh. Cleaning with sugar soaps helps the new paint to stick to the walls without hampering the adhesion.

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How to use Sugar Soap on walls: 

The liquid form is managed easily whereas the powder form is just an extra step to get started with it.  Add the sugar soap in warm water, start cleaning your walls with a cloth and then clean the walls again with just a damp cloth to take off the soap. Before you apply the fresh coat of paint, please give the walls enough time to dry out. The process requires patience from start to the end.

Difference between Sugar soap and common washing liquids:

A common question arises as to why there is a special soap to clean the walls? Common washing liquids and household cleaner at home are not used for this purpose as there could be left overs of these liquids even after you wash them.

This is why the consistency of a Sugar soap is maintained to a level where it washes down everything that causes hindrance in the adhesion property of paints.

Sugar soap alternatives

We don’t offer a sugar soap alternative as we don’t think it’s need for our range of natural paints. Just cleaning the walls with warm water is enough, and if needed we just advise using a primer for tricky surfaces.

Using Washing Soda (Soda Crystals) to as alternative to sugar soap

  • 1 cup of washing soda crystals with 1 litre of water.
  • Use a cloth or sift sponge.
  • Use gloves as washing soda is very alkaline, and can burn your skin
  • Don’t mix with acids such as vinegar!

Baking soda – Made into a paste as sugar soap alternative

  • Safer to use than washing soda!
  • Less aggressive than washing soda, but far easier and safer to use
  • Mix water with baking soda and form into paste
  • Scrub stains with paste and sponge
  • Half a cup of baking soda to about 1 bucket of water.
  • Dry wall well, don’t soak!

White vinegar as an alternative to sugar soap

  • Mix one to one (1:1) WHITE vinegar to water. Don’t use ‘malted vinegar’ – it’ll stink like a chip shop!
  • Wash walls with sponge and dry as normal.
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Is sugar soap environmentally friendly?

Generally no, sugar soap is not friendly. Common ingredients can be sodium carbonate, sodium phosphate and sodium silicate. (Wiki Source)

Sugar Soap for Cleaning | Multipurpose

£12.99 – BUY HERE NOW

Tetrion Sugar Soap 500g Powder

£8.99 – BUY HERE NOW

Sugar Soap Concentrate – 2 x 1 Litre 

£11.99 – BUY HERE NOW