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How to keep the perfect finish for years after redecorating in North London, Enfield and East Finchley

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.

If you would like find out more about how easy it could be to renovate or redecorate your home, just give us a call on 0203 021 2140 or email – we’re here to help.

Lisa Wood
Lisa Wood
info@thebuildingcompany.co.uk

Coming from a very creative background, Lisa followed her passion for Art & Design and went through Art College and a BA Fashion & Textile course at University. Straight from University she landed her dream job in the fashion world, which she enjoyed being in for over 20years. Lisa decide in 2016 that she wanted to take her creative skills into another area of design joining The Building Company and concentrating on interiors.