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How to Prepare Your Walls for a New Coat of Paint

Whether you plan on hiring a professional contractor to paint the walls in your home or office or you plan on doing it yourself, you’ll need to prep space before you pop open the first can of paint. If you’re working with a contractor or a professional painting company, they might be able to help you get your home or office ready, but you can save yourself some time and money by doing a few tasks yourself. Learn how to prepare your walls for a new coat of paint.

Move Furniture Away from the Walls

All the furniture and wall hangings will need to be moved before you start painting. If you don’t feel comfortable having a contractor move these objects around, you might want to do some of the moving yourself.

Cover Nearby Surfaces                                    

If you have any pieces of furniture or other highly valuable items lying around, you’ll either want to remove them from the room completely or cover them with a plastic sheet. You don’t want to see a splash of paint ruin one of your family heirlooms.

Dust and Vacuum the Walls

The walls around your home are going to be quite dusty, as vacuuming the walls probably isn’t a part of your weekly cleaning routine. Take a few minutes to wipe them down with a wet rag or use a vacuum attachment to quickly remove some dust and dirt. Otherwise, your paint job might look uneven.

Use a Detergent Mixture in the Kitchen and Bathroom

With all the grease flying around, the walls in your bathroom or kitchen might need a deeper clean. Instead of water, you might want to use a detergent solution, usually a couple teaspoons of laundry detergent mixed with a gallon of water.

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How to Prepare Your Walls for a New Coat of Paint


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