How to Keep Your Painted Walls Clean & Fresh

27 December 2018

Paintwork can be quite pricey and time-consuming if you go for a DIY. Even when you’re consulting with a professional painting company, the painting experts will always tell their clients to properly look after and care for newly painted surfaces; this can ensure the work last longer and saves you having to have it repainted again before at least a few years.

But what exactly does caring for your painted surfaces involve? Let’s take a look at some of the best ways you can do just this.

Dusting is Very Important

As you may well know, paint actually protects the surface of the exterior and interior of your home from all manner of harmful substances that can cause damage. However, this means that the paint is in the firing line a lot of the time. Inside the house, dust, dirt and cobwebs build up and can actually shorten the life of the paintwork.

There is a host of reasons that make dusting well worthwhile and this is just one of them. Try to dust on a weekly basis if possible and over the long run you’ll notice that your painted walls are much better off as a result.

React Quickly to Stains

It’s crucial that you take action as soon as you notice a stain or spillage on the wall. Accidents do happen and usually, they aren’t of the catastrophic variety; if you simply deal with them quickly and in the right way you should be fine.

There are generally two kinds of stains when it comes to painted surfaces. Waterborne stains will include things like wine, ketchup and squashed mosquitos, and oil stains, which are generally more serious and include marks from crayons, lipstick and some food items as well. Waterborne stains can usually be taken care of straight away by gently scrubbing with a wet cloth. Scrubbing too much may strip some of the paint off, causing some discolouration, so be wary of that. Oil stains can be dealt with dishwashing soap and warm water.

Just remember that results are going to be much better if you clean the surface straight away. But if you are facing severe stain issues on your wall then don’t delay to consult with professional residential painters in Sydney to remove them,

Be Weary of Sun Damage

Especially during these summer months, limiting the amount of sunlight that comes in through your windows is smart. Using blinds and shutters as much as possible not only makes heating the house much cheaper and more energy efficient, but it can keep your interior walls in good health too.

The Australian sun is notoriously harsh over this period, particularly in Sydney, and paint damage from excessive exposure to the sun can reduce the longevity of the paintwork a great deal. Just keep in mind that unless you’re using a particular room, it’s not always necessary to have the afternoon sun shining through.

Make Minor Repairs as Required

It’s inevitable that through the course of everyday life, your wall will experience the natural wear and tear that comes from knocks, hit, etc. For the best results in the long terms, it’s well worth going over the surface and repairing any minor scratches or dents that are visible. Nail holes that are no longer in use should also be filled over to keep the surface as smooth as possible.

The best way to do this is to use a spackling compound, which can be applied quite simply with a knife after sanding down the surface. An excess spackling compound can simply be spread over across the surface after the hole is filled. This makes for a quick, easy way to keep your wall looking its best.

Use the Same Paint When Touching Up

You might have noticed that there are countless varieties of paint colour, and you’ll rarely if ever find two that are the same. If you notice that paint on your wall has faded in a certain area and needs a touch-up, trying to match up the colour with another hue that isn’t the same as the original is near impossible. The results can be quite obvious, and often look worse than the faded patch you were intending to cover up.

When painting, it’s wise to keep a record of exactly which colour and brand you used for obvious reasons. But it’s even worth storing some leftover paint from the tub that was used, as using this ensures that touch-ups will leave the wall looking its best.

Following these tips will give you the best shot of extending the life of your paintwork, saving you money in the long run. You can easily get carried away with your own DIY painting while maintaining all the other safety concerns.

Emma Sneddon, a freelance writer and an independent blogger. I'm enthusiastic about anything related to trend, tech and minimalistic lifestyle. I mostly write about sustainable and alternative living solutions. I am making my way through it with my massive amounts of coffee.