7 Tips for Maintaining the Integrity of Painted Surfaces

Maintaining painted surfaces leads to it lasting between five to ten years before needing an update. If you want to maximise this investment, the best way to achieve results is to maintain the integrity of what has been applied.

Although paint is a robust protective material, it will degrade with regular wear and tear. The good news is that you can reduce the depreciation rate by taking a few common-sense steps to preserve this asset.

How Can I Maintain the Integrity of My Painted Surfaces?

Maintaining the integrity of painted surfaces is vital to keep them looking their best for as long as possible. Here are some tips to help you maintain the integrity of your painting project.

1. Clean the Painted Surface Regularly

Dust, dirt, and grime can accumulate on painted surfaces and damage the surface over time. Maintaining regular cleaning of painted surfaces with a soft cloth or sponge and a mild detergent can help remove dirt and prevent damage to the paint.

Some painted surfaces don’t respond well to water. You’ll want to review the cleaning instructions from the paint manufacturer to achieve the best results. 

2. Avoid Using Harsh Chemicals

Strong chemicals, such as bleach or ammonia, can damage the paint on surfaces. Using mild detergents or cleaning solutions formulated explicitly for painted surfaces is best. Use soft brushes to scrub when stubborn stains are present to avoid digging deeper into the material.

If you prefer a more natural approach to cleaning stubborn stains, consider using a combination of baking soda and water. Use a 2:1 ratio of baking soda to water to create a paste, then start scrubbing the area. 

3. Use a Wax or Sealant 

Applying a coat of wax or sealant to the painted surface can help protect it from the elements and prevent damage. Wax or sealant can also help prevent fading and chalking by creating a protective layer between the destructive elements in the environment and the paint. Taking this extra care is a great way maintaining your painted surfaces.

4. Avoid Direct Sunlight

Sunlight can have several damaging effects on paint, so it’s essential to protect painted surfaces from direct sunlight as much as possible. Here are some of the ways that sunlight can damage the paint.

  • Exposure to sunshine can cause paint to fade over time, especially on surfaces exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods. This is because the ultraviolet (UV) radiation in sunlight can break down the pigments in the paint, causing the colour to lighten or change.
  • Sunlight can also cause paint to chalk, which is when a white, powdery substance forms on the paint’s surface. This occurs when the binder in the product breaks down due to exposure to UV radiation, causing it to lose its adhesion and become brittle.
  • Direct sunlight can cause the paint to expand and contract, leading to cracking and peeling over time. This is especially true for surfaces exposed to direct sunlight and high temperatures.
  • Constant direct sun can cause painted surfaces to become deformed, especially when they are made of materials that expand and contract at different rates. This can cause the paint to crack or peel, and can also cause other types of damage to the surface.

5. Touch Up Any Damage Promptly

If you notice any damage to the painted surface, such as scratches or chips, it is important to address it promptly. Touching up any damage can help prevent further damage and maintain the paint’s integrity.

When the paint is more than three years old, the touch-up area might be a different colour shade than the rest of the wall. In that circumstance, you might consider repainting the entire room instead of focusing on paint maintenance.

6. Don’t Use Abrasive Materials

Abrasive materials, such as steel wool or scrubbing pads, can damage the paint on surfaces. It is best to use soft cloths or sponges when cleaning painted surfaces. 

Even melamine foam products are often too harsh for cleaning walls and ceilings, although this product might be necessary for removing permanent markers or other stains. 

7. Avoid Pressure Washing

Pressure washing can effectively clean painted surfaces, but it can also damage the paint if not done correctly. Use low pressure and avoid spraying too close to the surface to prevent damage. This technique should not be used for interior surfaces due to the risk of damaging the materials underneath the paint and primer.

By following these tips, you can help maintain the integrity of painted surfaces and keep them looking their best for years to come. If you have any questions or concerns when implementing these maintenance tips for paint maintenance, contact our team today to chat about the maintenance services we offer to keep your property looking perfect all year round!