How to Maintain Your Paint Job
A lot goes into painting your home, from the choice in colors to applying
the final coat of paint. Whether you decide to take on the job as a DIY
project or hire professionals, painting your house inside and out is a
significant investment. Although no paint job lasts forever, the better
you are at maintaining it, the longer it will last. There are also some
significant differences in the maintenance and
frequency of re-painting between exterior and interior painting.
Maintaining Interior Paint
Be on the Lookout for Spots and Stains – Handprints and other smudges are more likely to happen in some
areas such as stairways, hallways, kids’ rooms or any place where
small kids spend a lot of time. According to BestPickReports.com, the
best time to eliminate these spots from becoming set-in is when they first
appear. Try to remove spots with a damp cloth or sponge before applying
any type of cleanser. Keep a Magic Eraser on hand or put a small amount
of dish soap on a damp sponge for stubborn, greasy spots.
Battling Mold – Areas where there is a lot of moisture, such as the kitchen, bath,
and laundry room, facilitate mold growth. When you see the black tell-tale
signs of mold on a wall, use a 25% bleach mixture to clean it. Using special
paint in these areas will prevent the growth of mold from occurring in
the first place. If there is a significant area of concern, you may need
to hire interior painting contractors to clean and paint the area.
Prevent Fading – Paint fades over time, especially if it isn’t good quality
paint and is exposed to UV light. When you paint your walls, invest in
a high quality paint that will hold its color. Also, consider the quality
of window coverings and whether your walls are being exposed to sunlight
that will fade paint faster.
Maintaining Exterior Paint
The biggest concern with the exterior of the home is the exposure to the
elements. Dust, sunlight, sleet, and even being close to salt water can
affect the condition of the house. To make matters worse, repeated storms
will sometimes target specific areas of the house each time they occur.
Allowing dirt, pollen, and mud to build up on the surface can lead to
more damage. To prevent nature from damaging your exterior paint job:
Pressure Wash – The best way to remove buildup is to start with the bottom layer.
Pressure washing can remove dirt and other contaminants that build up,
before they become a problem. Just keeping an eye on the outside of your
home will tell you how often the house needs to be cleaned and how much
of a problem you have with exposure.
Inspect for Rot, Mold and Mildew – Any type of moisture exposure can result in any of these problems.
The best defense is a professional paint job with the right paint for
the job. When checking your house to see if it looks clean, go a step
further and look near the bottom, where snow has built up, or behind shrubbery
that is against the house and which might have allowed moisture to stay
shaded. Make any repairs while they are small to prevent them from increasing
and causing major problems to your overall paint job.
Maintaining your paint job is easy, as long as you take the time to inspect
interior and exterior walls for the first signs of trouble. Taking care
of minor damage is a lot simpler than waiting until it develops into something
big that can only be fixed with a new paint job.
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