Removing Stains From Your Walls Before You Paint

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Removing Stains From Your Walls Before You Paint

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Painting the walls during your Kelowna home renovation is a simple, inexpensive way to update the look of your rooms. While painting can be a great do-it-yourself project for the weekend warrior, there are a few tips to keep in mind before you get started. One of the most important involves starting with clean walls. Doing this will give you that professional, clean and precise look you are going for.


Whether your dirt and grime are the result of fingerprints, muddy paws or from some other source, create a cleaner canvas by removing it before you paint the walls in your Edmonton home. Magic Erasers are handy for removing dirt and grime. Simply dampen the sponge, and wipe your walls clean. Be careful to rub gently, or you may remove paint and even small spots of drywall. If you have a larger area to clean, try a mixture of a cup of ammonia, ½ cup of white vinegar and ¼ cup of baking soda. Add these ingredients to a gallon of water, and use a sponge to apply. When you are done, simply rinse the walls with water to finish.


If you are painting as part of a kitchen renovation in your Kelowna home, you will probably find some grease. Grease is a natural hazard of cooking. In addition to staining your walls, it also attracts dirt and dust that can cause your paint to go on with an uneven texture. One of the best solutions to a grease problem is simple dish soap. Simply mix your favorite brand with a few cups of water, and wipe your walls down with the solution. If the stains are too stubborn for this remedy, a more aggressive cleaning method includes using a mixture of white vinegar and water. Simply apply the mixture to your walls, and wipe it clean with a damp sponge.


When children are in the house, finding ink or marker drawings on the walls is not uncommon. Some simple solutions for these problems include using nail polish remover, rubbing alcohol or hair spray. Simply wet a cotton ball with any of these products, and dab the ink spot until it comes clean. Consider opening a few windows when using these products as they can be harsh and irritating to your lungs.


When your painting project is part of an Kelowna bathroom renovation, you may run across a bit of mold and mildew. These problems often creep up in areas that are damp, and they can make it difficult to paint your walls and also pose health hazards. If you have a small spot of mold, remove it by wiping the area with a white vinegar solution or an enzyme laundry detergent. If the problem is more extensive, you may need to enlist the help of an Kelowna mold remediation specialist before beginning to paint.

If your Kelowna home renovation involves more than just painting, call on the experts at Realty Renovation Kelowna. Our professional general contractors will work with you to complete your dream renovations with open communication and complete transparency thanks to our proprietary online system. To learn more and discuss your goals, call and schedule your free, no obligation consultation.