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Painting  /  February 24, 2023

Edmonton Painter: How to Maintain Freshly Painted Walls

How to maintain freshly painted walls

Painting is a typical aspect of home renovations in Edmonton, and it is one of the finishing touches that really bring character and colour to your home. Unfortunately, fresh paint does not last forever. Years of wear and tear will cause the finish to lose sheen and crack or chip. You can extend the life of your paint by caring for it.

Many people assume that when the paint is dry, there is nothing else you can do to protect it, but that is incorrect. Painted walls, like every other part of your home, require routine cleaning and care.

Ways To Maintain Freshly Painted Walls

Walls collect dust and dirt. Over time those elements can darker the shade of the paint. You might even see streaks or blotches of darkness where mud and debris have ruined the shine of your painted walls. When left alone, dirt and muck can cause extensive damage to the finished wall. 

To protect your freshly painted walls, you must commit to a routine cleaning schedule. The schedule should involve three steps minimum: dusting, spot cleaning, and general cleaning. 

1. Dusting

All walls collect dust, regardless of sheen or type. Before you wash or clean the walls, you want to remove any loose dust. If you have access to a shop vacuum with a brush attachment, you can make quick work of dusting. Run the brush tool over the entire surface of the wall, ensuring you hit every spot. Once you finish with the vacuum, you can use a tack cloth or cheesecloth to remove any remaining dust.

You can use dust rags or a different dusting tool if you do not have a shop vacuum. The tack cloth and cheesecloth are still helpful, but you may need more than one to ensure the walls are clean.

2. Spot Cleaning

Spot cleaning is for difficult stains or scuff marks. Usually, a mild soap and water mixture will not work for these marks. A better option is a baking soda paste. Mix baking soda and water to form the paste-like solution and rub it over the stains or marks. Do not rub too vigorously because that may damage the integrity of the paint. Once you have applied enough paste and rubbed it into the stain or marking, you can rinse it off using a damp cloth. Wring your cloth before wiping off the wall. Too much water can damage the paint finish.

For especially difficult stains, you can try a grease-cutting dishwasher soap mixed with a little bit of water. You want to follow all instructions. It is also wise to test a small hidden area of your wall to ensure the cleaning won’t damage the finish.

3. General Cleaning

Painting services recommend waiting at least two weeks before using cleaners or water on your freshly painted walls. When you do clean your walls, use a soft cloth and a mild soap and water mixture. Focus on small and gentle circular motions; too much pressure or water can damage the finish.

Importance of a Maintenance and Cleaning Schedule

Cleaning your interior walls at least once per year can help the finish last longer. Also, routine cleaning prevents damage from dirt and grime. Some areas of your home may need more frequent cleaning, like the kitchen or mud room.

The necessity of Professionals Painting Services

You can hire a handyman in Edmonton to clean your walls or contact Handyman Connection and schedule an appointment with painting professionals. A painting pro has the knowledge and skills to clean your painted walls without risking the finish. They also have the talent to repair damaged finishes.

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