What steps do you think about when you start planning an interior paint project? If you are like most people, you think about choosing a paint color, purchasing painting supplies, and taping the edges of the walls. All of these are important steps to take as you get ready for an interior paint project. Unfortunately, there is an important step that is easy to overlook as you get ready to paint – cleaning the walls. There are a number of reasons why it is important to clean the walls and consequences that can occur if you decide to skip this step.
Why it is important to clean walls before painting
Cleaning counters, floors, tables, and similar areas are part of a normal house cleaning routine. It is easy for these areas to become messy as people in the home go about day-to-day life. It is not difficult to tell when the counters or floor need to be cleaned. Your walls are a different story. Walls do not get wiped down as often as a tabletop or countertop because they do not get used in the same way. Many people do not pay any attention to their walls in the normal cleaning process unless there are visible cobwebs or dust. The reality is that walls do get dirty over time from dust and grime. Walls in areas that are used regularly – like the kitchen and bathrooms – are even more susceptible to buildup. It is important to clean walls before painting because there is likely dust and grime on the walls that is not easy to see with the naked eye.
Consequences of skipping out on cleaning the walls
It can be tempting to skip the step of cleaning your walls before you paint – especially if you cannot see any visible buildup. Don’t skip the step of cleaning the walls! The consequences of skipping this step include an uneven paint job and a paint job that does not last as long as it should. The new paint cannot properly adhere to a wall that is covered in dust and grime. The paint can turn out splotchy and ultimately leave you unhappy with the finished product.
It is extremely important to clean walls before painting. You risk ending up with a finished product that simply looks bad if you are not willing to take the time to clean the walls. Making sure that your walls get cleaned before they are painted is a simple step that can visibly impact your final results. If you do not have the time or ability to thoroughly clean your walls before painting, bring in professional help. The pros at D&D Painting can handle every step of the painting process including prep work.