Matte paint can and often does look uniquely elegant. Get it right with your chosen interior colors and matte paint can leave the rooms of your home looking quite superb. When it comes to the kind of soft, gentle and relaxing hues your home’s interiors deserve, matte paint is in a league of its own.
Unfortunately – and as millions of homeowners are painfully aware – cleaning matte painted surfaces effectively can be tricky. The reason being that you are dealing with the kind of surface that is anything but ‘wipe-friendly’ and has a tendency to be rather absorbent. Which means that when matte painted surfaces become unsightly or stained, it can be difficult to know how to deal with them appropriately.
Which is why we thought we’d share with you a few simple tips and tricks for getting the job done like the pros. Simply proceed in accordance with the following six steps and you should find your own matte painted surfaces that little bit easier to deal with:
Step 1 – Vacuum
First of all, one of the best and easiest ways of keeping matte surfaces in good condition in the first place is to get into the habit of regularly vacuuming them. It’s incredible how quickly dust and dirt have a habit of accumulating on interior walls and surfaces. Which means that simply by taking to the walls with a vacuum cleaner and brush nozzle, you can prevent much of this accumulation from happening in the first place. A great way of saving yourself a headache, further down the line.
Step 2 – Clean
As for the cleaning process, you simply need to make yourself a bucket of very mild soapy water, using just a few drops of liquid soap. Under no circumstances should you ever use any harsh cleaning products or chemicals – anything that hasn’t been approved for this exact purpose. Grab yourself a soft sponge of decent quality, dip it in the solution and wring it out until it is just damp. You can then start gently washing your walls, being extremely careful not to use an abrasive action or apply excessive amounts of water to your walls.
Step 3 – Dry with a Towel
You’ll want to help your matte-painted walls dry as quickly and thoroughly as possible, which means getting to work on them with a gentle cloth. Given the fact that matte paint has a habit of coming off quite easily, you will need to be incredibly gentle and use more of a dabbing action than rubbing it. Take your time and remove as much water as possible as gently as possible.
Step 4 – Second Wash
If necessary, repeat the process once again for any areas that still look unsightly. It’s important to bear in mind however that you will not get a full impression of how your walls look, until they have been given sufficient time to dry.
Step 5 – Rinse
Once you are happy with the cleaning job carried out, you can once again use a soft cloth or sponge to extremely gently rinse the surface of the wall. Once again, try to remember that the cleaning process will have made the surface of the wall even more delicate than before. Which in turn means that you need to proceed with extreme care and attention, so as to avoid causing any significant damage.
Step 6 – Finishing
Last but not least, the final stage in the process is simply that of once again giving your walls plenty of time and attention with a dry cloth, in order to remove as much excess water as possible. Even if things look immaculately clean now, it’s important to acknowledge the fact that any excess moisture left behind could leave unsightly marks that are even more difficult to get rid of.
Of course, there’s always the option of adding a fresh coat of paint to really brighten the place up. So if you’ve decided that the time has come to breathe new life into your interior living spaces, get in touch with the Homm CPS team today for a free quotation.