Wall Care Tips
If you have just had your walls faux finished, papered, plastered, hand-painted or stenciled, here are some tips you might like to know to keep them looking their best:
- A wall that has been finished with latex paint or sealed with acrylic varnish will be quite
durable and you can clean it as you would any other wall after cure time. A non-oily cleaner such as Spic-n-Span would be fine. I use a baking soda paste, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, or Soft Scrub without bleach on scuffmarks. Use it sparingly on a damp rag. Stubborn marks like pencil, crayon, etc. may come off with Clear Magic or a Magic Eraser used according to package directions. Try Soft Scrub, Clear Magic, or Magic Eraser first on an inconspicuous spot. Walls should cure six weeks before cleaning.
- Walls finished with pearl or metallic glaze can be cleaned, as explained above, after the walls have cured for 6 weeks, but a light hand should be used with any cleaning.
- If walls have been finished with acrylic wax and bee’s wax, the walls can be cleaned with a mild cleaner such as dish soap or Spic-and-Span, etc. When the walls are to be repainted, a heavy-duty primer should be applied first. Alkyd waxes must be stripped off walls before repainting.
- A flat finish wall should NEVER be scrubbed because it will create a shiny spot. For this reason, I do not recommend flat finish paints. Newer types of flat paint called ceramic flat, matte, or scrubbable flat can be scrubbed, but check and double check your paint can information.
- A wall that has been faux finished using latex glaze can be cleaned after six weeks’ cure time. A gentler touch should be used with a latex glaze. Baking soda paste will remove scuffmarks. Try in an inconspicuous spot first.
- Walls finished with metallic/ holographic foil or gilding can be wiped carefully with a damp rag or dusted. No abrasives can be used, as they will scratch the foil or gilding.
- Embossed stenciling may be removed by sanding. A paper textured finish can only be removed from your walls if it has been installed over wallpaper liner, old wallpaper, paneling, or strippable wallpaper primer. Remove a paper textured finish as you would wallpaper. If the textured finish has been applied right to the wall, it can be skim-coated or reglazed.
- Venetian plaster, lusterstone, sandstone, and other textured, stone-based finishes can be primed, repainted, and reglazed if the texture is still desired. If the texture is no longer wanted, these finishes must be skim-coated, unless done over wallpaper. These finishes can be cleaned as described above with the exception of Lusterstone, which should only be cleaned with soap and water. I can retrowel any significant marks.
- Hand-painted paper has been laid over a strippable wallpaper primer and applied to your walls with a strippable wallpaper adhesive. The hand-painted paper should be removed as you would any wallpaper. It can also be painted over and reglazed if it is primed first with white-pigmented shellac.
- A wall to which tissue paper has been applied can be primed, painted, and reglazed or the tissue paper can be removed as with wallpaper or it can be skim-coated.
- Stenciling and hand painting will stand up to cleaning, as would any wall. The stenciling or painting should not be scrubbed hard with a cleanser, however. Prime over the stenciling with a stain-blocking primer before repainting.
- Painting on your ceramic tile can be wiped with a mild cleanser after six week’s cure time.
- Touch ups to your walls may be done using the basecoats and glazes I have left with you. Please keep these in a place where they will not freeze. Paint should be sealed tightly and stored upside down. I also offer a touch-up service, so please feel free to call me if disaster strikes.