Tips on Maintaining Painted Surfaces at Home

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(Last Updated On: February 20, 2017)
Cleaning the stains from the walls
Cleaning stains from the painted surface

Painted surfaces? It means both the interiors as well as the exteriors of the home. Even though the paint id appropriately applied, higher quality paint helps in preventing and beautifying your home for coming many years, but paint has many more enemies that spoil not only its appearance but its longevity and durability too. Like any other section or the part of the home needs home improving tips and maintenance, like wise painted surfaces also requires periodic maintenance and attention for lasting it for a longer period of time.

It’s advisable of checking the painted surfaces twice or thrice a year for catching up any problem on an earlier path. It helps in minimizing the paint failure possibilities. It means you need to pay attention towards accumulation of mold and mildew, looking for the cracks on the surface of the walls, treating the accumulated dust and dirt you should also pay attention to blistering peeling, loss on glossiness of the surface, symptoms of rusting effects, and serious fading. It’s advisable of treating this type of condition and symptoms as early as possible because it might lead you in grabbing and spending more from your pockets. Here are certain tips on maintaining the painted surfaces at your home.

Painted surfaces maintaining tips:

Dealing the painted surface from dirt and dust:

Dust and dust can get accumulated on both the painted surfaces of the home. Most of the dirt on the exteriors painted surface of the home is air borne and can easily is prevented by using pressure washer. And dirt and dust attached on the exteriors of the paint is usually because of hand prints situated around and the knobs and switch boards.

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Even the marks on the hallways, splashes on the bathroom and the kitchen surfaces or any soot above the lamp post or other heating sources are certainly the example of dirt on the interiors of the home.

It’s advisable of removing the accumulation of dirt and dust before it gets set for permanently is very helpful. It will help in looking tidy and also helps in prohibiting the dirt to permanently embedding itself in the paint on the surface.

Always start the process by using a mild detergent for cleaning the accumulated dirt. Even, make the use of clean and soft cloth or a sponge. It’s advisable of using harsher cleaners if it’s that much necessary. Harmful cleaners might lead in dulling off the gloss of the painted surface. It might also lead in dulling off the furnishing and satin gloss of the painted surface.

It’s advisable of rinsing the painted surface by using clean cloth or damp sponge. It will help in preventing the residual detergent gets mossed in the surface.

Cleaning the mildew and mold:

Person removing mold and mildew from the walls
Mold and mildew removing from the walls

A great medium of growth can be provided by all the types of paints like oil based paints, flat paints and economic paints. It might work as a medium for increasing the growth rate of mold and mildew on the painted surface. This type of fungus loves shaded and damp locations. It’s advisable of checking off the northern exposures of your home exteriors. And when it comes for the interiors of the home, check for the laundry rooms, bathroom and the space near the kitchen sink. These areas are most likely to get attracted towards growing mildew and mold.

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For this situation, household bleach is among the great solution. Start by protecting the floor, furniture and in grown plants with the help of plastic and start scrubbing the affected areas by applying a mixture of bleach with water. The solution should contain three parts of water and a part of bleaching agent.

Start working on the affected painted surface a foot beyond the surface affected and rest say for more than 20 minutes. Make the use of harsh scrubbing brush for removing the accumulated mold and mildew from the surface. It’s advisable if keeping the surface wet and not letting bleach to enter up thoroughly to its surface. Rinse it thoroughly using a damp clean cloth. Make sure the entire residue is taken off from its surface. If left back, it might lead in damaging the shine or the painted surface.

Removing the chalked paint from the painted surface:

The accumulated dust and dirt might lead in darkening the surface of the paint and helps the growing mildew in providing them enough nutrients for accelerating their growth rate. For the exterior painted surface of the home, weather is one of the biggest issues that might release chalky pigments and also fading of the colors.

Both of the unhygienic ingredients can be removed from the painted surface by using either power wash or by scrubbing them off. Well, according to me, scrubbing sounds appropriate by using a mild detergent and a scrubbing brush. Don’t forget the step of rinsing it off thoroughly from the painted surface. Pay proper attention while performing this step. It might also lead in lifting up the paint permanently or might even damage it.

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Remove the crayon marks from the painted surface:

Lady removing crayon marks
hair dryer used for removing crayon marks

Kids are meant for playing and they don’t even bother of playing of with their crayons on the walls. But removing them is very important because it might lead in dulling the surface and its charm too. Soften up the crayon marks by using a hair dryer and blot up the marks using a paper towel of good and thick quality. Even, you can make the use of a clean rag.

It’s advisable of keeping the dryer close enough to the walls. It will help in softening the crayon marks. There’s nothing to worry about because it will not affect the painted surface at your home. Even, it’s advisable using and running a warm iron on the affected area on the walls. But make sure you’ve placed an old piece of rag or cloth on it. It will help in preventing any damage to the surface of the wall. Running the iron directly on the walls might lead in permanent stains and damaging effects on your painted surface.

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