HOW TO PREPARE THE INTERIOR OF YOUR HOUSE FOR FINISH?
Painting the interiors is a great way to freshen up the décor and appeal of your home. Freshly painted rooms look lively and make you feel great too. However, there are often tell-tale signs of a paint job after it’s done, especially when you do not get a professional painter to do it. Splattered paint, missed spots, and rough paint surfaces are merely a few problems to name. How can you avoid these problems? By prepping your house, the right away. Here’s how you do it.
1. Get Rid of Furniture & Wall Hangings
Pulling together all the furniture in a room and covering does sound like an excellent solution to protect them from accidental paint splatters. However, the furniture mountain is an accident waiting to happen. Somebody could get hurt, or the furniture may get damaged. The ideal solution would be to move the furniture to a storage container until the painting job is finished. The same goes for wall hangings. Do not risk destroying them by moving them to the room’s centre.
2. Clean the Walls
The dust and impurities are what produce a rough finish. Get rid of them by thoroughly cleaning every wall that needs to be painted. You can use a vacuum cleaner to do a decent job, but if you want to be thorough, use a detergent-water solution to wash them. Once you are done, rinse them with water. If you find any mould, then use an anti-mould solution to kill it before the painting job starts.
3. Protect Flooring
If you have a carpet or a hardwood floor, then you must protect it. Thin sheets of paper or plastic are hardly suitable for the task. A heavy canvas drop cloth or a butyl-backed cloth will do a great job against accidental spills.
4. Find Flaws
Interior house painting is not just about adding a new layer of coating on the calls. You must first remove the old coat of paint. If there are any loose patches of old plaster or cracks, then they must be repaired as well before painting over them. You can remove the old plaster from the damaged areas, and restore them with fresh plaster. Some flaws are not easily visible. You might be required to hold the light close to the wall surface to identify them. Once the painting job is finished, use a sandpaper to smoothen out the finish in those areas.
5. Protect Outlet Covers, Switch Plates, Windowsills, and Baseboards
Outlet covers and switch plates often end up getting smeared with paints during the painting process. So, remove them from the walls. This exposes the live wiring to anyone that comes close to