A clean coat

A clean coat
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First Published: Wed, May 28 2008. 11 50 PM IST

Updated: Wed, May 28 2008. 11 50 PM IST
A poorly executed paint job or chipped surfaces can make a space look bad, no matter how well-maintained the other elements may be. Read on to learn how you can ensure that the walls and furniture of your home continue to look as good as new.
All clear
Basic maintenance of a painted surface would include removal of dust and stains. First, lightly wipe all loose dust on the walls with a soft dry cloth. Then remove stains by wiping them with a sponge dipped in a mild detergent. Repeat the sponging with plain water to remove the leftover detergent. Wipe dry. Distempered walls should be cleaned in a similar manner, but do not apply too much pressure as this can cause the paint to peel off.
Remove grease stains on a painted surface by wiping them with a mild solvent. The solvent should be milder than denatured alcohol, so that it does not cause the painted surface to turn patchy. Follow this by sponging the surface with a mild soap solution, applied with a soft cloth-pad, brush or sponge. Rinse the surface with clean water. Wipe dry.
Touch-up therapy
A little damage, such as uneven finishes or scratches, is bound to occur while painting. Prior to the touch-up, the surface should be sanded to make it even. This can be done first with a coarse sandpaper, followed by smoothening with a fine-grain sandpaper. Brush off all debris. Use primer on any surface that needs to be patched up. Then apply denatured alcohol on the surface to be painted. This will help remove any moisture or residue. Follow it up with a coat of paint, which can be applied with a brush, roller or a spray-can. If a painted metal surface gets damaged, make sure to have it touched up immediately with primer or paint. This will help avoid rust formation.
Heavy duty
In some cases, the wall paint may require heavy restoration. Liquid or dry commercial cleansers should be used in such cases. These should be carefully used and handled, while following directions given by the manufacturer.
Dilute the cleanser to achieve the right consistency, as per instructions. Next, test the cleanser on a small patch of the surface, to see its compatibility. Clean the surface as directed earlier. Apply the cleanser from the bottom of the wall to the top, so the fluid does not run off and dry on the wall. Rinse the surface with water and wipe dry. Although a commercial cleanser can easily be used for smaller surfaces, it is best left to a professional to handle walls and other large surfaces.
Extra maintenance of painted surfaces is especially required in homes that are located on the seaside since the walls are exposed to salt deposits. Similarly, surfaces of houses located near industrial areas get damaged due to the pollutants in the air. Paint upkeep should be done on a regular basis to keep your home looking clean and bright.
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First Published: Wed, May 28 2008. 11 50 PM IST