How To Preserve a Fresh Paint Job 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.**
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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