Preserve the freshness of your interior paint project
If you have recently painted your walls, you may wonder how long the paint will last. You will want to extend the longevity of your interior paint project as long as possible. After all, you have invested considerable money, time and effort into it. You can maintain a freshly painted look and ensure your home surfaces retain their pristine look by following these simple interior painting maintenance tips.
Know your interior paint
Not all interior paints are crated equal. Some finishes are longer lasting, and more resistant to moisture and other forms of damage than others. The interior paint finish in your home would also determine the best method to clean your walls. If you have used gloss or semi-gloss paint on your interior walls, you can clean them very easily using a damp sponge or a very mild cleaning agent. However, flat and eggshell paints are vulnerable to abrasion and hence, not very easy to clean. You cannot use any cleansing agents on this paint as it will remove the paint. All you can do is rub the stain gently with damp sponge.
Keep your interior paint dirt free
Soon after the paint job, you may start noticing signs of dirt such as splashes in the kitchen, handprints around doorknobs and switches and soot above heat sources. Don’t let the dirt accumulate and get permanently deposited on the paint film. The only way you can do is by checking for dirt regularly and cleaning the area as necessary. The appropriate cleaning method would depend on the kind of interior painting finish used in your home, as discussed in point 1. However, a damp sponge is safe for use on almost all interior paint finishes as long as you are gentle with it. Remember, abrasive cleaners, solvents and alkaline cleaners can all dull the sheen and damage the interior paint.
Keep an eye on mildew growth
Moist surfaces in bathrooms, kitchens and basement areas are often prone to mold and mildew growth. As soon as you see signs of mildew growth, immediately treat it. In most cases, a 3:1 solution of water and household bleach works fine for mildew. Use a sponge dipped in this solution to clear the area of mildew. Make sure you wear appropriate protective gear such as a respiratory mask and gloves when cleaning mildew. Do not forget to do a patch test before using the bleach solution on your interior paint. Also, rinse the area thoroughly to remove any traces of cleaning agent.
Avoid the paint blocking
If you put the painted surfaces to use before the paint has fully dried, it can cause color blocking especially in case of glossy paints and dark colors. Also, paints in damp and warm areas tend to block more. So, it is extremely important to let the paint dry completely before the surfaces and objects are put back into service.
Identify and address issues early
One the interior painting is done, you must watch out for peeling, cracks and any other issues. The earlier you identify the issues and address them, the less likely it is that they will turn into something bigger. If you don’t address the issues in time, they can grow quickly and damage the paint job. It will also make the paint more prone to other forms of damage.
If you have chosen the right kind of paint and the interior painting has been done professionally and efficiently, it will need little maintenance and the paint will last long. So, it all comes down to choosing the right interior painting professionals, who use their experience, proper tools and the best paints to ensure that your paint job looks great for years to come. Get in touch with us now for the best quality interior painting services in CT.