We pride ourselves on the cleanliness of our service from our prep. However, we also understand that painting projects can be a cause of worry, no matter how clean the service is.
Whether you hire a professional or take the DIY route, there are a few easy steps you can take in order to prep a room for a new paint job.
1. Remove Furniture and Wall Hangings
It’s a common sense step that will save a lot of time and avoid unsightly accidents. Try to put everything in a separate room instead of hallways or other high-traffic areas. Some people even rent a storage container to keep large items safely out of the way. Is there a particularly large piece that can’t fit through the door? Move it to the center of the room and cover it in plastic to keep it safe. Also, be sure to remove nails and tacks from the wall after storing your wall hangings.
2. Remove Outlet Covers
This is another timesaving measure that will ensure your project will go smoothly. If the ceiling is to be painted as well, you should also remove any ceiling-mounted fixtures. The safest way to go about this is to turn off the electricity to this room via the circuit breaker. Worried about getting paint in the bare sockets? Protect them with plastic childproofing covers!
3. Protect Your Floor and Trim
Nothing is as frustrating as getting paint on your perfect flooring. The safest way to protect your floor is with a professional canvas drop cloth that covers a large area. Plastic and newspaper may seem like a good idea, but they can shift around under your feet. Thick cloth, especially those made for painting, doesn’t move as much and can absorb a lot more spilled paint. To protect your moldings, trim, or baseboards, use painter’s masking tape all along the edge to create a clean, straight border. Make sure the tape does not touch the wall to be painted.
4. Clean the Walls
Clean walls ensure the paint will go on smoothly and will be even in color. If your walls are already relatively clean, a simple solution of water and gentle detergent can be used. For tougher stains, the professionals use trisodium phosphate, which is mixed with bleach. All cleaning solutions should be rinsed off and the wall should be dry prior to painting.
As you can see, a little prep work ahead of time can help ease your worries and will make your project go faster in the long run. Of course, if you’re a little wary of tackling this all yourself, our helpful professionals will be there to assure everything is taken care of!