Tips on how to maintain your home’s paint

Proper maintenance of your home’s paint job can add years to its lifespan. It will keep your home looking fresh, loved, and the envy of your neighbourhood. Putting in the time and effort to maintain your paint will not only keep your home looking beautiful; it will also help maintain its value and save you a lot of money.

A quick look at your home’s paint once or twice a year is all it takes to stay on top of things, and these few tips will help you keep your home looking its best.

Maintaining your home’s interior and exterior paint

The four main issues you should look out for when maintaining your home’s paint are staining, mould and mildew, fading, and cracking and peeling. These are issues all homeowners have to manage, so we’ll go over the causes and solutions to these problems below.

Issue Why it happens How to maintain your paint
Staining Stains in any home are inevitable. Between children, pets and people moving around, there'll be marks left on the wall at some point.
  • Clean stains as soon as they appear.
  • Use some detergent, a soft sponge, and minimal water to avoid scraping off the paint.
  • Watch out for high traffic areas in your home.
Mould & Mildew Typically occurs in parts of the home with a lot of moisture and poor ventilation, i.e. bathrooms, kitchens, and basements.
  • You can wash off mould and mildew with a mixture of 1 part bleach to 4 parts water.
  • You must address the moisture and ventilation problems, and if the issue persists, you'll require professional help.
Fading Some degree of fading is natural as the paint wears. Exposure to the elements, washing, and scrubbing all contribute to your paint colour losing its vibrant colour.
  • Investing in high-quality paint is the best way to combat fading. Nowadays, paint formulas include additives in them to help prevent a loss of colour. Speak to your paint retailer to get a paint specially formulated to resist fading over a long time.
Cracking, peeling, and chipping Paint cracks, chips, and peels of the wall usually because of water collecting between the wall and the paint film.It could also simply be normal wear or exposure to the elements, depending on how old your paint job is.
  • The best way to fix this issue is to scrape off the old paint, prepare the surface for a new coat, and use high-quality paint to replace the old paint job.
  • If moisture caused the initial problem, you must address the issue to avoid a reoccurrence.

The occasional power wash might be a more appropriate solution for the exterior of your home if looking out for stains on exterior walls might be too much of a task.

Keeping your home beautiful doesn’t have to be difficult, and as a homeowner, you know it’ll be a worthwhile investment. The simple steps above will help you look after the beauty and the value of your home at a fraction of the cost of doing major renovations.

If you’ve ever had to update your home’s paint, you know it can be a lot of work and money. This article will make maintaining your home much easier for you. And, if you can’t find the time or you don’t want to do it yourself, don’t hesitate to have a professional do it. Your home will thank you for it.

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