When you are looking to paint the interior of your home, you will frequently find that the process of painting can make a bit of a mess.
This doesn't necessarily have to be the case, however -- with the right knowledge on your side you will know that there are things you can do to avoid messes.
As this is the case, let us now look at and consider seven ways to avoid a mess while interior painting in Grapevine, TX.
1. Consider Rosin Paper For Your Hardwood Floors
Drop cloth has its place in the painting world and it definitely does a great job of protecting, but when it comes to hardwood floors you might find that even the best drop cloth sometimes will slide.
The better solution comes in the form of rosin paper, which is both lightweight while also being able to protect your floors.
Using rosin paper you can rest assured that you won't have to worry about paint spilling onto the floor.
2. Move Furniture Out Of The Room
When you are painting the walls in a room, you'll want to to make sure that anything that could possibly get in your way is removed so that you neither stumble over it while painting nor possibly get paint on them.
Furniture, for example -- it can be quite inconvenient to try to maneuver your way around the furniture in the room.
The best thing you can do under ideal circumstances is to remove the furniture in the room prior to painting.
If you're not able to remove the furniture, you can try to cover the furniture with drop cloth after moving it to the center of the room to try to get it out of the way.
3. Remove Electrical Outlet Covers And Cover Them With Painter's Tape
There are few things that are quite so difficult to clean as the cover of electrical outlet covers as well as the kinds of covers you find on light switches and the like.
You can begin by removing the covers and then since you will have exposed outlets and those need to be protected in some way.
For this you can turn to painter's tape, which will keep paint away from the sensitive areas.
4. Mix Paint Inside Paper Bags
When you are mixing paint, you can really get a lot of paint places where paint just shouldn't go (unless you are working on an abstract work of art, that is.)
If you mix the paint inside paper bags, the kind of bags that you might find distributed at grocery stores for example, the paint will stay inside the bag and not cause as much of a mess in your home.
5. Hair Dryer For Releasing Tape
If you have a problem getting off tape when you are removing it during the painter's process, a hair dryer or another portable source of heat will go a long way.
The heat will soften the bond between the tape and the wall and you will be able to more easily remove it without having it tear.
6. Do Not Use Cheap Paint Rollers
If you're in the dollar spot of your local store and find paint rollers, you do not want to take the opportunity to invest at that time.
Cheap paint rollers do terrible things to your paint job and will often require you to spend two to three times as much time painting than you would with a well made paint roller -- and if you're spending that much time painting because you saved a little up front, are you really saving money?
7. Use A Pie Tin To Catch Dripping Paint From The Can
The best way to catch the dripping paint coming off of your paint can is to attach a disposable pie tin to the bottom of the can -- it will catch the drips and is a lot easier to get rid of than the paint that would otherwise fall onto the floor.
Once you're done painting, you can dispose of the tin.
Need some advice on a project in Southlake, TX? Illuminate Painting can help you with your painting needs. Schedule an estimate or call us at (325) 305-6005.