If you just had the interior of your home in Columbia City, Indiana, painted, you must have noticed that it’s a significant investment. Most residential paint projects can be quite costly, and no homeowner wants to do it more often than they should. One way to prevent premature paint failure and repaint is by proper paint job maintenance.
Many homeowners don’t pay much attention to their interior paint job until they start noticing things like paint peeling, cracking, flaking, and fading. By this time, it’s often too late for maintenance touch-ups, and they have to incur, yet again, another steep cost of interior painting.
In this article, our team at Matthews’ Painting has put together simple maintenance tips to help you avoid premature paint failure and keep your interior looking gorgeous.
Here’s Some Interior Painting Maintenance Tips:
Dust Your Walls
While you may dust your shelves and cabinets every couple weeks or so, it’s easy to ignore the walls. Dust, dirt, and cobwebs can ruin your paint’s aesthetics and quality when left in place for too long. Combine that with moisture, and you get a perfect growth media for mold and mildew.
Consider dusting your interior walls at least once per month to avoid accumulation for dirt and dust. You can use a microfiber dust cloth wrapped around a long-handled sweeper or vacuum with a soft brush.
Wash Your Kitchen and Bathroom Walls
The kitchen and bathroom walls are notorious for collecting dirt and moisture. The smoke, vapor, and dirt generated in the kitchen can quickly tarnish the paint job on the walls, ceiling, and cabinets. Similarly, the soapy steam generated in the bathroom can stain the paint job within a pretty short amount of time.
To avoid accelerated paint degradation in these two high-moisture rooms, consider washing and wiping the walls and cabinets regularly. Thankfully, most paints used in the bath or kitchen are usually semi-gloss or gloss, which means they can tolerate scrubbing for long. Wash the walls and cabinets gently using a sponge and soapy water, at least once in every six months.
Clean Stains and Spots Immediately
If you have a busy household with pets and kids that are always on the move, spots and stains can build up pretty fast. Pay special attention to high traffic areas such as the staircase, walls, hallways, kitchens, and kids’ bedrooms.
If you notice a spot or stain, clean it up immediately to prevent it from bonding strongly with your paint job. You can wash off most stains and spots using a damp soft sponge and water. For stubborn stains, you can add a small amount of dishwasher detergent to the damp sponge.
Dealing With Mold
Mold thrives in areas that have high humidity levels such as the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room. Areas with minimal ventilation such as the basement and the attic are also prone to mold infection. You can clean the affected areas using a solution of one part bleach to four parts water. If the area affected is large, you might need the help of a professional to avoid spreading the mold around.
Touch Up Damage
To keep the paint looking fresh, touch up any damage as it occurs. The most common paint failures you might encounter include paint peeling, cracking, bubbling, and flaking. Sand and touch up a scraped or chipped surface, feathering the paint over the surrounding area. If there are any holes or large cracks, fill them up before painting. Also, if a leak has caused the paint peeling or bubbling, fix the leak before doing the touch-up.
The Bottom Line
Dusting, cleaning, controlling mold, and paint touch-ups are critical measures to make sure your paint job lasts for longer. But, always remember to used high-quality paint and hire a professional painter for a high-quality and durable paint job.
Matthews’ Painting Company has been offering residential painting services for more than 20 years now! Our residential painting services are available in Warsaw, Syracuse, Leesburg, Lake Tippecanoe area, Goshen, Winona Lake area, Columbia City, Indiana, and surrounding Indiana cities.
If maintenance and touch-up’s don’t seem to recover your damaged paint job, our team at Matthews’ Painting can help repaint your home interior. To give us a try, book a FREE estimate below or call us on (574) 834-3575 for more details.