Painting one of the rooms in your house is an exciting experience. You can change the entire mood, style and look of the room to suite your tastes, but if you are not properly prepared for the interior painting process, you can damage your room, decrease its value or require repairs or replacement on certain items in the room.
We are going to show you what you need to do to properly prepare the room for painting, so you can get the best results possible.
Clear the Room
Painterly always suggest that you start by moving all the furniture you can out of the room when painting the interior of your home. This not only gives you space to work, but it also ensures that you won’t be getting paint on these items. Even if you only plan to do one wall, moving the furniture to the other side of the room may not be enough to keep it from getting splattered. You want to remove as much furniture as possible to ensure it is protected.
In Dublin, for larger pieces of furniture, you need to be careful about dragging or sliding them across the floor. They can scratch hard floors and tear carpet, if you are not careful. The best way to move very heavy pieces that can’t be lifted with the manpower you have available is to place cardboard pieces underneath their legs as you slide them across the room.
Put Down Drop Cloths
For those items that you can’t move out of the room, because they are too large or too heavy, you can just cover them with drop cloths. You also want to put down cloths one floor. Whether you have carpet or hard floors, you need to have them covered to prevent damage from the paint. You might think your hard wood floor or tile floor would be easy to clean paint off of, but that can be a lot of extra work you won’t want to deal with later. It can also be tougher to clean out than you think.
We suggest thick plastic sheets for your furniture and drop cloths for the floor, for the best and most thorough coverage.
If you get paint in your electrical outlets while you are working, then you can damage them or make them almost impossible to use. We suggest covering them with masking tape while you paint. This will keep them from getting paint inside and allow you to paint more freely, without worrying about getting any paint one outlet covers or inside the outlasts.
You can do this for any items on the wall that you don’t want painted over. Just tear or cut the tape as close to the shape of the object you need covered to ensure you can paint the entire wall.
Any light switches and outlets can cause you to be electrocuted if you are working with a water-based paint, such as latex. It’s best to turn of the circuit breakers to that room and either open windows or bring in a free-standing light to prevent shock.
Painterly offers an interior house painting service in Dublin. Give us a call on 01 254 8255.