How often have you spent days painting something, only for it to lose its shine and that wow effect it radiates when people first see it. You paint the stairs in your house, they become unnoticeable after a while, you paint the kitchen, and it radiates happiness and a homey feeling for two whole weeks. Not to mention newly painted garden accessories or any outdoor item for that matter.
Let’s put an end to the stress and give you some valuable tips and tricks on prolonging the amazing effects of the hard work you’ve put into painting your home.
Cleaning the Walls
If you weren’t aware of it already, the majority of wall paints, like emulsions and washable distempers, can be cleaned periodically with a mild soap and water solution. You can schedule one day in each month for wall cleaning, especially in areas where a dirt and stains tend to accumulate like the kitchen, hallways and your kid’s rooms.
You can start cleaning the walls as early as two weeks after you’ve applied the finish and removed the accumulated dust with a soft duster, making sure that the solution is mild and that you are using non-aggressive techniques like circular motions and light scrubbing. Harsh methods may damage the paint and leave marks on the walls.
Remember to clean the walls regularly and try to devote your attention to the stain as soon as you notice it – the older the stain, the harder it will be to remove it. It would be best to clean the wall immediately after the spill has happened, so as not to give it time to dry up. If, in fact, that happens, make sure to soften it up with a solution and using mild pressure.
Attention to Detail and Care
Always check if the paint has started to chip, flake or peel somewhere in the house. Outdoor areas have more potential for damage, so make sure to keep a sharp eye for small details, especially in areas around the doors and door knobs, as well as front porch chipping where it most often occurs. Kids’ rooms are also more likely to get dirty than the rest of the house, and if you want to minimize the damage to the paint and walls in general, make sure to apply a single coat of paint every two years or so in order to renew the glow of the walls. Remember, the walls have to be lightly sanded with emery paper 400 prior to painting, in order to prepare it for paint adhesion and dirt removal.
Keep in mind that paint chipping and peeling is a strong indicator of water leakage or seepage in the walls, a problem that is not only common to rooms adjoining the bathroom or the kitchen, but rather the entire house, as water finds its way through the walls. If you notice these signs, be sure to employ a contractor to investigate the source of the problem and remove it quickly, as ignoring the problem and letting it persist will only aggravate the situation, making it very difficult and expensive to fix in the future. While this might result in you having to repaint a wall or two, it will actually save you money, precious nerves and time, so make sure to act quickly.
Tools and Maintenance
As mentioned earlier, there are several steps when trying to maintain the glowing effect of fresh paint. When the time comes to repaint a wall or any part of the house, there are several tools and steps to use and keep in mind.
First of all, you cannot apply new paint on a damaged wall. This should go without saying, but just in case you weren’t sure, applying new paint comes after a few steps. First of all, you need to remove the old coat of paint. You do this by applying a thick coat of paint remover across the entirety of the surface with a soft paintbrush. Leave it to rest for 20 minutes until the paint starts to bubble up, after which you can gently remove the paint with a plastic scraper.
Secondly, remove all and any disturbances from the surface of the walls like dust, residue paint and make the surface clean and flat like finely polished wood by using emery paper. Only after doing that will you be able to apply new paint without running the risk of it cracking, breaking off and drying unevenly.
Lastly, if you want to be able to apply paint without any of the risks, you need to take care of your painting tools such as brushes and paint rollers by cleaning them of any residual material, substances and accumulated dirt. Applying a quality acetone solution to those tools prior to painting will remove any unwanted materials so that you can start painting, risk-free.
Hopefully, these tips have helped you grasp the importance of proper paint care and you now have a solid plan on combating these common household problems, stress-free. Follow the advice above and your home will be radiating the wow effect for years to come.