So you’ve decided to renovate your home, revamp the decor, and paint over the dated colored walls. But it’s not as simple as just adding a few coats and letting it dry. Perhaps you’ve heard others specify the prepwork that goes before home renovation. Before you open that paint can, follow these simple steps to cleaner, brighter interior walls.

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When Walls Need Cleaning

Many paint manufacturers will suggest scrubbing your walls with a trisodium phosphate (TSP). This white powdered substance is mixed with water to make a gentle cleaning solution for walls. Much like your carpet, floors and furniture, wear and tear does happen to your interior walls over time. From dust and dirt flying through the air to food residue and even dander, your walls are a canvas for the particles we can’t see. Children can often hide their crayon and paint markings on the walls so if children are commonly present in the home this would be an instance to clean. Other reasons for cleaning and prepping your walls is if the walls are near a stove or other methods of cooking or if you have pets. Even the oils from our skin can leave residue over time. This would be common if children were present. Bathrooms are almost a must because of the humidity that occurs from bathing and showering.

Areas that may not need cleaning are: the living area where it’s mainly for sitting and activity isn’t frequent; a powder room used only to wash hands or fresh up; master bedrooms and dining rooms that have little activity as they are used for sleeping and eating.

Use Your Judgement

In 2017, there were 126.22 million households in America. That means a family of 3 or more living in each home.More than half of these individuals were children. And with an increase in household size, you can bet that the mess will increase. Perhaps you are one of the families that make up this number. In any case, it’s important to use your best judgment when you’re ready to put a fresh coat of paint on your interior walls. Does it look dirty? Test an area with a damp cloth. If you notice a smudge, you know it’s time to wash the walls. Maybe you’re unsure of what to look for and could use some expert advice. When in doubt, ask one of your local interior house painters in Delray Beach.

You can avoid excessively cleaning your walls if you keep these factors in check on a regular basis. When you’re ready to revamp your homes exterior, call your local painters in Delray Beach to walk you through the wall painting process. Charles Painting and Pressure Cleaning Services will get the job done right the first time. Their dedicated team of licensed professionals know how the importance of a home’s clean exterior leads to eye catching curb appeal.