What Are The Best Ways to Protect Your Home While Painting?
January 20, 2021
If you have ever watched a professional painter paint the interior or exterior of a home, it is simply amazing how they can work quickly without spilling a drop from the gallons of paint they are working with. While homeowners may not have the expertise of painting without any spillage, there are some critical actions they should take to protect their home when painting.
Here is an overview from our team about how you can protect your furnishings, floor, trim, and yourself from any drips or spills.
Remove Furnishings for Easy Access
It may seem like common sense to remove items from a room before you begin painting, but some do-it-yourselfers try to do it by piling all belongings into the middle of a room. Avoid this if you value the possessions in your home.
Cramped working conditions can lead to tripping, spilling, and ultimately a mess with paint. Your best bet is to begin by decluttering the room, removing furniture that can be moved, and covering any that can not be taken out of the room. The emptier the room, the easier the project will be.
Floors tend to be ground zero for drips and spills when it comes to interior painting. Ceiling paint can be especially bothersome to novice painters.
To solve this problem, cover your floors with canvas drop cloths. These tend to be the best way to keep paint off the floor without causing a slipping issue that plastic coverings can cause. Add some tape to the corners to keep the canvas from moving during your project.
For projects that may last longer, some homeowners invest in non-slip resin paper that can be taped down for a longer period of time.
Remove Switch Plates and Outlet Covers
Removing all the switch plates and outlet covers before you start painting may seem like a pain, but it makes painting those areas so much easier. We suggest that you unscrew the plate covers and place all screws and plates in a plastic bag during your project to keep track of all the pieces.
Keep a Damp Cloth Handy
Drips may be an inevitable part of painting for some, so keep a damp cloth handy while you paint. This simple piece of cloth can quickly clean up drips and drops that occur. If you catch a drip while it is still wet, the clean up is much easier than scraping and repainting later.
Use Tape If Necessary
For do-it-yourselfers who have not mastered how to “cut in” properly, painters tape may be a solution around trim, baseboards, and the ceilings. Sheltering your trim with tape may seem like a huge hassle but can help keep your lines straight and your non-paint areas clear of drips.
Do you need help painting the interior of your home this winter? Our professional painters can protect your home from drips and spills. Talk to our team here at Jerry Enos Painting or leave us a comment on our Facebook page to get a free quote for your next painting project.