When it comes to painting, a very important part of the process not frequently talked about is how to clean your walls before painting. How you clean your walls can affect the longevity of your paint job. This is often a commonly skipped step when a paint project is started in a home, which is why Seal Pro Painting is here to help you get the most out of your next paint project. While there is no right or wrong way to clean a wall, there are a few different options for you to choose from.
Always start by moving all furniture to the middle of the room and remove all wall hangings. This will allow you to see all walls clearly and move around the areas you will be painting with ease. This will also help you clearly see where any dirty or dusty areas might be that may need special attention.
Dusting is a huge component in making your paint look smooth, which is why you should always take the time to dust any surfaces prior to painting. This can be as simple as wiping down the area with a damp rag or using a vacuum in those hard-to-reach areas. In most cases this will remove any dust that has accumulated over time with relative ease.
When it comes to washing your walls, this will usually be needed if you have marks on the walls or dust that has hardened over time and doesn’t come off with a simple wipe. In most cases you don’t need harsh chemicals for this, warm water and a couple drops of mild dish soap on a rag should do the trick.
Grease and Grime
Harder areas that have grease or grime on the walls, which are usually found in kitchens or bathrooms, can take a little bit more work to clean. While it will take more effort, it is important to address these areas and make sure they are cleaned thoroughly, making sure your paint has a clean surface to adhere too. In the harder areas, you might switch to a sponge that has a rougher texture to help scrub the grease or grime as opposed to just using a rag. Adding a small amount of baking soda to warm water is a good option for cleaning those hard areas as well. Another option is using a magic erase sponge to clean the problematic dirty areas.
One last note to add when prepping walls for paint is to always make sure the surface you are about to paint is fully dried from any cleaning you may have done. Make sure you always give ample time after cleaning the walls to dry before applying your first coat of paint.
These are little steps that can really affect the overall quality of a paint job are the little things we do at Seal Pro Painting to commit to offering our customers the highest quality possible and making sure our customers as satisfied for years after their job is completed.
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