How to Maintain Your Painted Walls for Long-lasting Beauty

By Arana Craftsman Painters

Maintaining your interior paint job’s vibrant beauty and pristine condition doesn't have to be a lot of work. With a dash of elbow grease, a sprinkle of diligence, and the right techniques up your sleeve, you can ensure your exterior surfaces will remain clean looking, intact and the envy of the neighborhood (or at least your discerning house cat). Let's dive into what it takes get this done! 

The Monthly to Quarterly Dust-Down: A Wall’s Best Friend

Believe it or not, dust and walls have a love-hate relationship. Dust loves walls, but walls, not so much. Regular dusting is your first line of defense in the battle for wall longevity. Use a soft, microfiber cloth or a gentle duster, give your walls a light once-over a month or Quarter depending on how much time you have. This isn’t just about keeping appearances; it prevents the accumulation of dust particles that can make your walls look dull and neglected over time.

Spot Cleaning: The Art of Precision

Accidents happen, we get it! Or maybe your little artist was inspired or you had an oops moment from a dinner party gone wild, walls do get their fair share of unsolicited decorations. Here is the secret sauce for spot cleaning walls that have a flat to matte sheen: a soft sponge, lukewarm water, and a drop of mild detergent. Dab gently; don’t scrub like you’re trying to erase a bad memory. This method helps remove most stains without leaving your wall looking like it went through a minor exorcism. For walls that have eggshell or higher, you can use a magic eraser or scrub a little hard. 

Deep Clean Without the Drama

Once a year, your walls deserve a spa day. Especially your high traffic walls. This involves a more thorough cleaning but doesn’t require any special chants or moon phases. Simply mix a small amount of mild detergent in a bucket of water, and using a soft sponge, wash your walls from top to bottom. Apply the same principles as above. Do not go to town scrubbing on walls that have a flat or matte sheen. Why top to bottom, you ask? If you clean only the bottoms, you may start to see a two-toned color. Rinse with a second sponge dipped in clean water to prevent soap residue from throwing a comeback party. You can also use a wet cloth. 

Touch-Ups: The Magic Wand of Wall Maintenance

Even with the best care, life happens, and walls can get chipped or scuffed. If and only if you have walls painted with a flat sheen, keeping a small amount of your wall paint for touch-ups can be a lifesaver. Apply with a small brush for precision and blend into the existing paint. It’s like concealer for your walls – it covers up the minor blemishes and keeps everything looking cleaner, just not flawless. You may see the paint “flash” even though it is flat. Paint is not as high quality as it used to be unfortunately and it can fade faster than it did before all of the changes.

Avoid the Fade: Shielding from the Sun

The sun is great for beaches and picnics but not so much for your paint job. Prolonged exposure to UV or direct sunlight can cause your vibrant colors to fade into a washed-out memory. Using curtains, blinds, or UV window films can protect your walls from the harsh effects of UV rays, keeping your colors bright and your spirits high.

The Right Paint for the Job

Choosing the right type of paint can make a world of difference in maintenance. Higher quality paint will hold its color for longer and resist scuffs for longer. For high-traffic areas, consider using paint with a higher “sheen” or gloss. Eggshell is a good start, Satin is better and Semigloss, while extremely shiny is best in high traffic areas that you need to keep clean. These finishes are not only more durable but also easier to clean, making them ideal for kitchens, bathrooms, and playrooms. For other areas, an eggshell or satin finish can provide a nice balance between sheen and ease of maintenance.

Humidity: The Invisible Enemy

Especially in bathrooms, high levels of humidity can be a painted wall’s nemesis, leading to peeling paint and mold growth. You can also experience streaking when a shower is running. Ensuring your home is well-ventilated, especially in areas like the kitchen and bathroom, can prevent humidity levels from reaching critical mass. A dehumidifier can also be a valuable ally in your quest to maintain optimal humidity levels.

Be Gentle: The Golden Rule of Wall Care

When it comes to maintaining painted walls, gentleness is key. Harsh chemicals and abrasive cleaning tools are the archenemies of paint. They can cause more harm than good, leaving your walls in a state of distress. Stick to mild detergents, soft cloths, and tender loving care.

Final Touch: Regular Inspection and Quick Action

Regularly inspect your walls for signs of wear and tear. Catching issues early can prevent them from escalating into full-blown wall crises. At minimum it will reduce your costs of repainting too soon. A quick touch-up here, a gentle clean there, and your walls will continue to stand tall and beautiful, come what may. Maintaining your painted walls for long-lasting beauty isn’t rocket science, but it does require a bit of effort, a touch of knowledge, and a sprinkle of humor. By following these tips, you can ensure that your walls remain a source of pride and joy, reflecting the care and love you put into your home. Remember, the walls aren’t just part of your house; they’re the backdrop to your life’s many moments and memories.

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Tags: Interior House Painting, House Painting, Paint Maintenance

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