How to Maintain Your Painted Interior Walls

So, you spent hours painting and decorating the walls in your home, but now you are wondering what it will take to keep them looking great. You have to deal with oily fingerprints, pets that rub up against the walls, scuff marks near the floor and dust and debris that finds it way all over the walls. Pretty soon, you will be left with a painted wall that doesn’t look nearly as nice as it used to.

However, there are some maintenance tips we can give you that will make a huge difference in how your walls look. You can have beautiful walls all year long and not have to do major repaints a few months after painting them. If you follow these guidelines and use these tips, you can keep your walls looking their best for years to come.

You want to start by regularly vacuuming the walls with the soft brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner. This will deal with the dust and most of the dirt and other particles on your walls. Just vacuum gently, without pushing the vacuum hard against the wall, and you will get rid of most visible debris.

The marks and oils are a bit tougher to deal with, but you do want to address them as soon as you notice them. You can use bleaching cloths and other mild cleaning agents to get rid of them. Make sure that whatever you use is designed to be safe for paint and that it won’t take the paint off with the marks. For the tougher stains and marks, you can use baking soda and water, mixed into a paste, and rub it onto the wall with a nonabrasive cleaning tool, such as a soft rag or cloth. This works really well for latex-based paints, which make up the majority of paint that people use on their walls.

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For oil-based paint, you can clean using a white vinegar and water mixture. Just rub the affected areas with this solution using a soft cloth.

For enamel and other flat paints, you want to deal with stains quickly. The longer you wait to clean them up, the worse they will be to get rid of. You can use something like a Magic Eraser to get off those tough stains. Milder stains can be cleaned away using a rag dipped in warm water. Just be careful not to rub and clean so hard that you chip away at the paint. That’s the biggest danger with using anything to clean your walls. You want to protect the paint job as you clean the wall, and striking that balance can be difficult. The trick is to start out gentle and go tougher and tougher until the dirt or stain comes off.

With these tips, you should be able to keep your walls clean and looking great for a long time to come. Just be sure to address stains and marks on your walls as soon as you can so that your work is as simple as possible.

What to Know about Painting a Small Room

You can use different painting techniques and design tricks when painting small rooms than you would when painting a larger room. There are some things you can do to make the room look better or to create a better sense of space in the room. Here are our best tips for painting small rooms.

Have a Focal Wall
If you create a point of focus, the room can seem bigger. What this means is that you paint one wall a different colour than the rest. It could be all black, while the rest of the room is a lighter, brighter colour. That makes the black wall the focal point. Really, whatever one wall is coloured won’t matter. If all the rest are their own uniform colour, then the single different wall becomes the focal point, but black is the preferred focal wall colour.

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Go with Lighter Colours
When you can, use lighter colours in your small room. This gives the illusion that there is more space, and if you are getting natural sunlight in from outside, then the light colours will reflect that and light up the room, making it look even more spacious. Reflected light makes it harder to focus on any one area and makes walls appear farther apart. You may not have much space to work with, but it doesn’t have to look that way.

Don’t Forget the Ceiling
We recommend painting the ceiling a light grey or off-white colour. This makes it difficult to focus too hard on any one point and makes your ceiling seem higher than it actually is. Painting the ceiling also adds some light to the room, especially if you go with a lighter colour, and it allows for a greater sense of space and freedom. Some people don’t bother painting the ceiling, but we highly recommend it. Besides, if you have a small room, painting the ceiling won’t take very long.

Makes Some Space
If you are going through the trouble of painting a small room, you should also take the time to redesign the setup of the room. Get rid of some of the clutter and choose furniture that gives you more space to move around in. You also want to go with furniture that ties in with the paint colours you have used, to create a uniform look.

All these tricks are mostly designed to give you a better sense of space in the room and make it feel like there is more space than there actually is. If you combine them all, you can create a room that feels bigger than it is and that is a lot more comfortable than it has any right being. You don’t have to feel cramped in your small room. You can have a great sense of roominess and freedom, even in the confines of a little room. You just have to employ some time-tested techniques to open up the space a bit.