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How To Clean Your Paintwork11Jul 2014
When cleaning is mentioned, paintwork is not the thing which always automatically springs to mind. Windows, sinks, basins, mirrors, carpets, furniture – all of these are natural choices. Paintwork on wooden surfaces is often the thing which is most overlooked; and it is often the thing that can make the biggest noticeable difference. Paintwork with dust on it will eventually look dull and grey, but when cleaned off, the fresh, sparkling colour of the paint will attract eyes immediately. So remember – do not neglect your skirting boards, windows frames or any other areas of paintwork in your house. An important thing to remember is that prevention is better than cure. Do make sure that you vacuum all paintwork weekly with the special attachment that will find with your vacuum cleaner. It normally has a smaller nozzle and a brush on the end. This will make any cleaning that you do have to do much easier. Next, fill a bowl with warm, soapy water and pick a clean cloth. It is imperative at this stage that you choose a cloth which does not shed bits easily. A cloth that has very loose fibres will inevitably leave them all over your paintwork and leave it looking more shabby than when you first began. For this reason it is sometimes a wise idea to invest in a cloth which is slightly more expensive than one you would normally choose. If it helps keep that paintwork sparkling clean, it’s worth the money! Sometimes of course, there will be tougher stains to remove. Especially in rooms like kitchens and dining rooms where dishes of gravy, or cups of coffee can tilt just slightly the wrong way and splash all over that white paint. In cases like these you will need something stronger to restore them to their former glory. For this, sugar soap is an excellent idea. It will be tough on stains but easy on your paint so you do not have to worry about stripping away the glossy finish. It’s available in all kinds of shops, it’s not difficult to track down, and it is invariably cheaper than brand named chemical cleaning solutions. It’s also easier on the atmosphere – both that of the world and that within your home. Whatever cleaning product you choose – one thing is for sure – you MUST make sure that you read the instructions carefully. Using these products in the wrong way, or by using too much or too little or leaving them on for too long can have a disastrous effect. It’s far better to be slower in your cleaning process – but safer in protecting your surfaces. After all, reading instructions is far easier and cheaper than going out, buying paint and repainting the entire surface again. Along the same lines, always do a test patch first. Even if you think that you are 100% sure of the safety of the area, do not take the risk or you could end up with expensive consequences. Get a clean cloth, dip it in the solution and choose a hidden, or partially hidden, spot where any damage will be less noticeable. It is also worth bearing in mind that sometimes it is very much worth seeking professional advice about cleaning paintwork. If it’s just skirting boards then you’re probably OK, but if it’s anything of value then you should at the very least consider asking the opinion of someone who has a professional idea so that you can be 100% confident that you are doing the right thing both in cleaning, and protecting, your home environment.
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