If you are preparing to paint your walls, a crucial decision that you will have to make is whether to clean the walls.
Typically it is advised to clean the walls if the surface is painted with paints with moderate to high sheen . After cleaning, test a small section of the wall with the paint to detect any damages before the actual painting. Flat or matt finish paints, on the other hand, are prone to damage from chemicals in the cleaning agents. Again, testing a section will save you hard work. Note that flat paints do not completely cover smoke, marks, or any stains on the walls. Because they are easy to clean and resistant to fading, latex paints can cover old stains. They save you on labour even though they are the ideal choice if you are on a budget.
Here are some more tips to keep in mind before starting a painting project:
a. Choosing the Right Cleaner
Cleaning agents containing ammonia are commonly used to clean walls. Although they are cheap, they often release a strong smell. Unless you are working in a well-ventilated room, find a cleaner without ammonia. However, if you are on a budget and can afford only ammonia, try diluting it with water. This can minimize the smell. Alternatively, tri-sodium phosphate gives good results and is known to help paint adhere to the surface. These methods are used in commercial establishments and manufacturing areas For house hold light stains on walls a gentle soap or shampoo will be easier and ideal.
b. Spot Cleaning
Not all walls in your house require a thorough washing. Unlike kitchens and bathrooms, other areas can only be cleaned on the spot. This holds especially true for rooms painted with gloss paints. In these rooms, use a dust cloth to clean the surface where stains or spots have accumulated. Consider adding a few drop of the cleaning agent to improve on the cleaning.
c. Prepping the Place
Preparing the place for painting is one of the most important steps before commencing on the painting. Make sure that you have removed movable pieces of furniture. If they cannot be moved, cover them up with sheets or paper . Window blinds, curtains, and drapes also must be removed because paint stains on the cloths or tapestry cannot be removed. Why to take chance ?
Painting requires preparation and preparation will give you the result you were looking for.