Stain Resistant Paint: What it is & Where You Need It Most 

April 21, 2021

Take a look around your home. No, I mean a close look. Do you see a stain or two, smudges, and in some cases, scuff marks on your walls? Don’t be horrified! You are not alone in having a home that has fingerprints and scuff marks on the paint of your interior surfaces. It comes with the territory when you have a home that is well-loved. It especially comes with the territory when you love to entertain and have small children. 

If you start noticing that your home has some prominent stains in high traffic areas you may want to consider stain resistant paint the next time you pain your home’s interior. 

woman washing hands at sink

What Is Stain Resistant Paint? 

Stain resistant paint is a special formula of interior paint that is designed to withstand stains from substances that touch the paint surface. In many cases, higher level gloss paint such as high or semi-gloss paint. 

For instance, if you have a room that sees a lot of traffic, like a bathroom or kitchen, you may notice dirt or grease marks near the doorways or switch plates where human hands can transfer anything on them to your walls. 

Stains are especially likely in a kitchen where grease, sauces, and cooking products can splash, bubble over, splatter on walls near the stove or preparation area. Paint professionals often recommend stain resistant paint in these high traffic areas to make clean up as quick as a wipe from a towel. 

kitchen mess

Common Substances That Stains Walls 

Not a lot of homeowners think about the products that they use that could stain their walls. Along with products, are behaviors such as repetitive hitting of walls with the back of chairs, or placing unclean fingers on the wall surfaces. Here are a few of the top substances that could be staining your walls. 

  • Hair Products 
  • Coffee
  • Pasta Sauces
  • Writing utensils like crayons, pens, pencils, and markers
  • Grease and oil from human hands 
  • Dirt
  • Transferred makeup from skin to hands to walls
  • Aerosol products 
  • Pet food
  • Splatters from cooking tools (especially grease and oils) 
  • Scuff marks from shoes (especially on baseboards) 

Rooms That Need Stain Resistant Paint The Most 

Determining which rooms need stain resistant paint really depends on your family and what rooms you use the most. High traffic rooms such as bathrooms, kitchens, mudrooms, entryways, and hallways tend to see the largest amount of stains because of their overuse and the number of fingerprints associated with these areas. 

Consider your home. Where do family members congregate the most? If it’s the kitchen or living room, then try stain resistant paint in those areas and see how much easier clean up can be after a meal or gathering. Talk to our paint specialists about how this type of paint can help your home stay looking clean. 

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