28 Jul How to keep the perfect finish for years after redecorating in North London, Enfield and East Finchley
Of course, the easy answer to pristine wall decoration, years after you’ve shelled out for a professional finish, is to ensure that you do all of your socialising at someone else’s house while keeping the kids and pets outside 24/7. Unfortunately, while tempting, these are hardly practical solutions. Your home in London is for living in and all the scuffs, scratches, knocks and sticky handprints are just part and parcel of ‘real life’ in Enfiled and East Finchley. So, with this in mind, knowing that wear and tear is an unavoidable inevitability, how can you affordably keep your home looking spick and span year after year? We have a few ideas for you below.
1. Regular cleaning means less need to redecorate
While your regular cleaning routine may include dusting furniture and hoovering floors, it’s rare to find someone who gives their walls the same level of attention. However, a little wipe down once every while could reduce the stains staining or the marks becoming permanent additions to your decor.
For a weekly clean you can keep your walls dust and spot free by vacuuming them with a soft brush attachment, followed by wiping with a mop or a broom covered by a cloth – using an electrostatic dusting wipe or spraying with a dusting agent can give you the best results. Fingerprints and most other marks can be wiped away, but don’t use too much water when cleaning painted walls or you may start to wash away the layers.
2. The right clean for your finish
If you add walls into your annual deep cleaning routine, the pay-off will be many more years of a perfect finish. As long as you clean them in the right way of course. Different paint types require different levels of attention.
- Glossy and semigloss. Thesefinishes are usually found in areas such as kitchens and bathrooms, as the paints are highly durable. That doesn’t mean you can go too hard with the cleaning though as this paint will still scratch, so be sure to use a soft sponge. A mild degreaser can be used on glossy kitchen backsplashes and vanity doors.
- Satin, flat and eggshell. Thesefinishes need a softer touch, so avoid harsh chemicals and don’t apply too much pressure or liquid – it’s a good tip to wring out your sponge almost completely before getting started.
- Latex paint.These finishes need two stages of cleaning. The first step involves warm water, a non-abrasive all-purpose cleaner, and a sponge. Dip the sponge in the water, wring it completely dry, and then gently rub the wall, giving extra attention to areas around light switches and doorknobs which are likely to be touched more often. Step two involves clear water and a new sponge, used to give areas another wipe over. Take extra care if going around areas with electrical connections and consider turning it off at the mains.
- Oil-based paint. These benefit from a mix of white vinegar and water being used with a slightly damp cloth or sponge. Dust-catching textured walls need a firmer clean with a stronger solution – for every pint of water used to clean the wall, add one ounce of borax.
3. Stubborn stains
Scuffs, fingerprints and newspaper smudges can be harder to remove, but we’ve heard that they could be tackled through creating a paste using water and baking soda, applied with a nonabrasive pad. Rubbing alcohol can be used on painted woodwork if grime can’t be removed with white vinegar and water.
Choosing the right decorators can make all the difference to the durability of your décor when you build an extension, convert a loft, or when you build a new home or refurbish an older one,. They will be able to help you select the right paint for each surface, based on its resilience and its resistance to cleaning. However, we recognise that there are limitations, so should your walls be in need of a little more than TLC, we can always recommend the very best carpenters, plasterers and decorators to help you to make your home look amazing once more.