5 Tips to Care For Your Newly Painted Walls and Save Money

How To Preserve a Fresh Paint Job and Save Money

 

5 Tips to Care For Your Newly Painted Walls and Save Money

 

  • Keep it clean

A bucket, hot water and dish soap, a sponge mop, cloths (especially microfiber or cotton), and baking soda cannot be valued enough when it comes to preserving your paint job. If you take your one-gallon bucket, fill it with hot water and 1 tbsp dish soap, you are off to a great start with cleaning your walls! Take your sponge mop dip it into your water and dish soap, then stroke across the walls in the shape of a “W”; this will remove majority of the residue from your walls. Then, if you need additional abrasion, use baking soda on your cotton or microfiber rag and scrub back and forth taking care not to damage the paint.

For baseboards, take two rags: 2 dry and one wet. Wipe first with the dry rag, then with the wet rag, and follow with another clean dry rag. The first rag is dusting the surface; preventing you from getting a big caked mess of mud and crumbs on your wet rag. The second rag is cleaning, and the third is drying. For most homes, this baseboard cleaning procedure should work.

  • Get the right size trash can

The area around the trash can is a place many people struggle with regarding preservation of their new paint job. A splatter of the wrong ingredient and you can have a permanent stain on the paint. You may have some careless “waste disposers” in your home. In my house, we have been guilty of throwing things in the trash without watching. Or, you may have a small trash can that forces you to take trash out at inconvenient increments. Buying the right size trash can be an easy and inexpensive fix that saves your paint! Having a trash can that overcompensates for how often you take the trash out can go a long way. Nothing fancy, but If it helps, here is a simple, inexpensive solution trash can that will overcompensate for the needs of most families. **Side note: should take their trash out no less than every two days for pest control.**

Trash can:

  • Beware of fingerprints!

Darker colors are always the nicest for camouflaging fingerprints, but whether the paint is dark or light, fingerprints can be like a rude guest on a fresh paint job. Make some house rules (especially for little ones or pets). Make handwashing easy and accessible, and keep everyone in the house informed of where to find an appropriate rag.

  • Don’t set items close to the walls

Maybe you just came in from trimming the bushes or your in the process of steaming wrinkles out of your drapes, always remember not to lean these items on your painted walls. Yard tools, heat, or moisture can scratch, burn, or warp your paint. Be careful not to lean your belongings on your fresh paint job, so that you can preserve it, and save money.

  • Leave a gap between large furniture and the walls

If your family is anything like mine, you love to play and have fun. Just one tackle, one dodge to catch a pillow in a pillow fight, or one scoot closer to your spouse at the dinner table can also be a scrape along your wall paint if you’re not careful. Leave a gap away from your walls and between your couches, entertainment center, dining room chairs, and other large items so that your walls are not scratched with normal hustle and bustle.

  • Check for proper ventilation

Don’t allow standing moisture on the paint and use venting fans in the bathroom. Most of us like a warm shower, but we don’t want it to cost us another paint job. Not having proper ventilation–whether from built up moisture during showers or hanging an unsqueezed towel on the towel rack–when pressed too close to your fresh paint job can cause the paint to mildew, cause mold beneath the paint, or can cause the paint to bubble.

  • Make rules about toys on the walls

I have little ones. They like to ride on anything with wheels. Tricycles, bicycles, walkers, and scooters all are very fun, but when the impact hits the walls, it can cause detrimental damage. In my house, we say, “no rolling toys indoors”. In your house, you can modify the rules to your liking, but keep in mind, those roller toys can damage paint.

  • Inventory writing utensils when you have little ones

Writing on the walls in a common offender for homeowners. Little creative minds love to write on walls! It can be the cutest thing, but when it is unwarranted, or when you are trying to preserve a paint job, you want to inventory markers, crayons, and writing utensils. Give a time to write and put the writing utensils out of reach when children are unsupervised. I have seen this so often that parents are distraught because a little person has drawn a mural on the wall. Save yourself the headache!

  • Hang pictures or decor without making holes

There are all kinds of technologies and innovations for picture hanging nowadays. Putting nails in the walls just adds so much extra maintenance, and it damages a fresh paint job. Velcro, sticky tack, picture hooks, and other innovations can be used to preserve paint, save money, and leave the walls without a trace. Here are a few alternatives:


As King Solomon said, “there is a time for everything”, and painting is a routine task that has its time to be repeated. Use these tips to preserve your paint, and when the time comes, stop by for tips on painting, or give me call at 210-570-8836 if my team can be of service.

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Blessings,

The Domena’s

5 Ways To Weatherproof Your Home And Save Money

When you can’t keep your house warm, it slows you down and can cost a ton. Most people just want to stay in the bed and snuggle under the covers, but the reality is that we all have things to do, so we have to get up. Still, the cold may stop you from having a warm comfortable shower, it may make sickness more probable, and in extreme temperatures, it could bust your plumbing or crack your windows. It’s important to think about weatherizing your home before anything major happens.

The weather is cooling down. In some places, there is snow and ice. Winter weather gear is now appropriate in most places. We all want our families to stay warm to avoid winter sickness. The last thing you want to deal with in the cold is not being able to stay warm.

Growing up in Ohio with landlords as parents, I can remember getting calls about boilers going out or weatherstripping falling off. I can remember how frantic this would make my parents and their workers. I remember how traumatic it would be for their tenants. We learned thru trial and error these 5 ways to weatherproof your home and save money.

Caulk and fill cracks
Caulking is just a part of normal home maintenance that we can forget about. It rains, we take showers, the house shifts with age, and all these factors cause minor cracks throughout the house. If you don’t caulk, this can cause cold air to pass into the house. Weatherize your house and keep your family warm! Caulk your house to keep your money spent on heating your home doing what you assigned it to do.

Change your air filter
If the air filter gets clogged, your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and cooling) system can wear early, or even go out. Air filters typically cost $20.00 to $40.00, and they are worth the money to add longevity to your $3000+ HVAC system. Every one to three months, change your air filter, so something so minor doesn’t cause a major catastrophe.

Check the weatherstripping around your windows and doors
If you run your hands around the cracks in your windows and doors, you should not feel cold air. If you do, you need to replace the weatherstripping on your windows and doors. This minor fairly cost effective improvement can save you monthly on your heating costs, and keep your HVAC system from over-working. Weatherize your house, keep your heating costs down, and keep your family warm.

Have your HVAC systems inspected
Your heater, air condition, and insulation play a huge role in keeping your house at a comfortable temperature. Go to Youtube and learn how to inspect these systems or have a professional come out and look at your HVAC system to let you plan ahead for its maintenance. It’s always better weatherize your home early, and plan ahead than to wait to get the phone call saying, “It’s cold in the house and the heat isn’t working!”

Hang curtains, put up blinds, or get throw rugs
Most people think of curtains, blinds, or rugs as decoration, but they actually are also valuable for keeping warm in the winter. Consider hanging curtains, putting up blinds, or placing a rug on the floor to weatherize your home.

I hope some of these tips were helpful to weatherize your home and save money. Leave your comments below if you have any further tips that have helped you to save money and weatherize your house.

Blessings.

-The Domena’s

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