After you’ve hired a professional painter, it’s vital to ensure you take good care of your newly painted walls so that they last a while and you can make the most of your investment. Here are some tips on ensuring that your freshly painted home looks great for years.
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Ensure the Painter Used High-Quality Paint
Before the painter gets started, make sure they’re using high-quality, professional paint. While most professional painters choose high-quality paint, it’s always worth checking. If they don’t, you are more likely to get an amateur paint job, and your walls will also look worse.
High-quality paint is easier to wipe off if you accidentally get food, marker, or scuffs on the walls. It will also protect your drywall better, cover your walls with a stronger and brighter pigment, and last for a long time.
On the other hand, low-quality paint will look faded much sooner, may be damaged if you try to clean the walls, and is more likely to show any minor flaws or damage on your walls.
Try to Avoid Scuff Marks
You can prevent some scuff marks from marring your walls if you plan ahead. Before hanging a frame, put rolled painter’s tape in each corner to help prevent the frame from shifting and scraping the wall. When you move furniture, have someone help you, so you don’t end up hitting a wall and scuffing either the paint or your furniture.
Have Extra Paint for Touch-Ups
You never know when you might need to touch up a certain area or when paint may be chipped away or scuffed. If your painter has any leftover paint, be sure to keep it somewhere safe and dry. Date the paint, so you know how old it is, and make sure it’s sealed shut to prevent mold or discoloration. If you don’t have extra paint, buy another can of the same paint as soon as possible.
When you need to touch up the wall, take a small paint brush and gently dab the area with paint. Be aware that paint may change color over time, so it may not match perfectly. To avoid obvious discoloration, only dab paint in the area that needs to be touched up.
Clean and Dust Your Walls
It may seem like a strange thing to do, but wiping down, dusting, and gently washing your walls will help keep them looking freshly painted for a longer period of time. When you wash the walls, start at the bottom and work up. Don’t let water run down the walls as this may leave marks, so make sure to dry them.
Avoid using any chemical solutions on your painted walls. A strong cleaner may damage the paint and lead to discoloration, so using soapy water is best. For stubborn marks, rub some baking soda over the area then wash it away.
Watch for Mold
Mold can damage both your paint and your walls, so keep an eye out for any signs of molding. If you notice something strange, it’s better to act quickly rather than wait for it to get worse.
Some paints include a special mold protection agent that can lower the risk of your paint or walls molding. Even with this extra protection, there is still a chance that rooms with high humidity levels get moldy.
If you do find mold on your walls, you may be able to clean it yourself. Make a cleaning solution that’s one part bleach and four parts water. Gently clean the area after trying a test spot. If the moldy spot is more than a few square feet, call a professional.
A freshly painted home looks beautiful, but the paint will inevitably fade over time. With regular maintenance and care, your home will continue to look great for several years.