Are you planning to do some interior painting around the house this year? If so, there are a few things that you can do to ensure that the finished result is as perfect as you hope it will be.
Monitor Humidity Levels
When the moisture levels are too high in your home, it might be pretty hard to get a good finish on the paint. When paint is applied to surfaces in humid climates, the paint doesn't cure like it should. In the end, the paint could bubble or peel after it has dried. This could be within days or weeks of the painting being finished.
If you live in a very climate environment, start drying the air in your home days before the painting is scheduled to begin.
- Run dehumidifiers in your home to pull the moisture out of the air.
- Remove the houseplants to prevent them from adding more moisture.
- When you cook or shower, use the ventilation fans in the kitchen and bathroom to pull the moist air out of the house.
- Use your air conditioning unit to maintain lower temperatures in the home.
After the painting work is done, continue to practice these measures for a day or two to ensure that the paint is fully cured.
Control the Pets
Pet hair can cause problems when painting. When you walk through a room, any hair that is on the floor will become airborne — not to mention the hair that falls off of your clothing. Spend time cleaning the area that'll be painted making sure to get all of the pet hair off of the floor, baseboards, and walls. Once you have the room prepped, make sure to keep the pets out of that space.
Tip: If you have very furry friends living in your home, you may also want to pick up some shoe covers to slip on when you enter the room. This will prevent you from carrying fresh pet hair into the space after the cleaning has been done.
Light it Up
Make sure that all of the lightbulbs in the space work. You will want the room lit up as brightly as possible to ensure that all blemishes are repaired and that the paint has a uniform finish.
If you don't have lighting fixtures in the space or have to remove them to complete the painting work, get yourself a utility light or two to use. These can be purchased or leased from your local hardware or home improvement store.
If you decide that the project may be too big for you, then talk with a residential painting professional to learn more about preparing for an interior painting project.