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How to Make Your Interior Paint Job Last Longer
How to Make Your Interior Paint Job Last Longer
by Haley Kieser
June 27, 2019
Are you planning on painting the interior of your home? If so, you’re in for a treat—there’s nothing like a sparkling, fresh paint job to make everything feel brand-new again. If you want to ensure your paint job lasts as long as possible, use our foolproof tips to keep your paint job looking pristine for years to come:
1. Ensure Walls are Clean
Getting your walls cleaned before painting them is important; otherwise, the dirt and debris that collects on your walls can result in a slippery, uneven texture. This can cause the paint to have a difficult time sticking. Before painting your walls, either hire a professional cleaning service or take the time yourself to thoroughly clean every inch of the surfaces you’ll be painting. The goal is to remove every speck of dirt so that you’re dealing with a smooth, dust-free canvas.
2. Repair Existing Damage
On that note, while you’re in the process of cleaning your walls, be on the lookout for any damaged surfaces, like cracks or holes. Be sure to patch up holes and repair any damaged areas; that way, you’re painting on a nice, uniform surface, not a bumpy one. This will provide better coverage and make your paint really stick to the walls.
3. Apply Proper Techniques
Haphazardly slapping paint on your walls probably won’t result in the best-looking paint job. To help ensure that your paint looks great and lasts for years, it’s crucial to use proper painting techniques. First up, it’s a good idea to prime your walls. Primers are designed to help seal the wall and prevent mold. Also, using the right strokes can really make or break your paint job: Work from top to bottom and use V- or W-shaped strokes when rolling to seamlessly cover the walls. Finally, you should also paint each wall one at a time and blend the wet paint you’ve brushed on with the paint you’re rolling. If you want to go back over the paint, wait at least a couple hours before doing so.
4. Invest in High-Quality Tools
Don’t use old painting materials simply because they're cheap. The quality of tools and materials that you use absolutely impacts how long your paint will last. If your brushes are frayed and stiff, purchase a new brush that will make smoother lines. In addition, consider buying a paint that not only primes, but acts as a sealer as well. Source recommendations from friends and go with the highest rated painting materials out there.
5. Timing is Everything
Timing is everything. If you're gearing up for a big paint job inside your home, keep in mind that two of the most important factors that determine how well paint dries are humidity and temperature. When there's more moisture in the air, this can lead to peeling paint. In addition, extremely hot temperatures can cause the paint to dry well before you can apply the paint evenly. It's best to paint in a cool, dry environment so that your paint looks good going on and lasts as long as possible.
If the above is too overwhelming...
As always, if you want something done truly well—hire the pros. If you don’t have the time or energy for a home paint job (or you simply want to make sure your paint job looks incredible), contracting a professional painting company to do your dirty work for you is always worth the investment.
Whether you’ve never painted the inside of your home before or you’re pretty much a professional at this point, it can be helpful to keep the above tips in mind. Even when choosing to hire a painting company, ask the right questions to determine they're the right company for the job. After all, if you're paying for someone to paint your home, you surely want it to last.
We can process your contents as well!
If your business suffers water, fire, smoke or mold damage, the cleanup and restoration experts at SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores are the premier choice for content restoration and pack-out.
There are scenarios that require business content removal and relocation for prompt and thorough cleaning and restoration. If a business suffers fire and smoke damage, for example, it is often easier, more secure and cost-efficient to take certain contents to another location for restoration work.
SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores provides complete pack-out services. We will inventory and carefully and respectfully take the contents of your home or business to be restored, packed, and delivered to our facility. The pack-out process involves meticulous documentation to ensure your items receive the best possible care, including photo documentation, identification numbers and detailed lists.
Meanwhile at our SERVPRO location, your items are stored in a secure, climate-controlled environment. They remain there until the cleaning and restoration process is complete.
Content Pack Back
After content cleaning and restoration, items are returned to your business using the same inventory procedures and documentation employed in the pack-out process. Your items are loaded, transported and delivered with great care and then reconciled with original pack-out inventories.
Content cleaning and restoration is offered at our SERVPRO location and on select jobs and services performed. The availability and scope of content cleaning and restoration varies by location, job, insurance provider (if applicable) and other factors. If you have any questions, please give us a call at (586) 741-5050.
A Brand you can TRUST!
Did you know?
When asked why SERVPRO, here are a few reasons why we think you should choose us!
SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores professionals will work around your Insured's schedule. We appreciate your business!
We have over 1400 Franchises that all pull together during large disasters.
We have 24 hour emergency services for your emergency needs! No matter if it's a holiday or not.
We process your contents and inventory in house so you do not have to wait for multiple companies to help you get the job started.
We are trained, uniformed professionals.
We use secure, electronic job files with 24- hour accessibility to notify your insurance company with what is happening.
We have been serving America since 1967!
We are a trusted source for over 600 insurance companies!
We have a nationwide response team for Hurricanes, or national disasters that occur.
We have a national call center that can help you get the closest SERVPRO if you own multiple properties in other states.
In other words, just give us a shot and we can SHOW you why SERVPRO. Call SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores at 586-741-5050.
Contents Cleaning and Pack Outs
Another great reason to call SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores is not only can we help you with your dry out and mitigation, we can help you with your contents! When you basement floods or you have a fire, we can help you with your contents. All restorable contents in affected areas will be professionally cleaning and deodorized to preloss condition in most cases. We can even provided emergency cleaning of contents the customer will need immediately. If relocation is necessary due to extensive damage, SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores professionals are trained to properly move out and control the inventory of contents throughout the cleaning, restoration and deodorization process. We can then store the contents in our temperature controlled, insured warehouse until your repairs can be completed and you are ready to move back into your home or business. Give us a call at SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores at 586-741-5050 if you are in need of our services!
Why SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores?
The real question would be why not? When choosing a restoration company experience, knowledge and honesty should all matter. SERVPRO has been a trusted source in the industry since 1967. We have years of experience and have worked with numerous insurance companies to provide the homeowners the best services after a claim is filed. Most large carriers will call SERVPRO direct and have us do site inspections for their honest opinions on claims. While in the field we are able to provide your adjuster with a verbal briefing within 4 hours on your initial call! This really helps start your claims process on the right foot and get things moving. We are the trusted professionals in the industry that you can trust when your home or business is damaged. Call SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores at (586) 741-5050.
Why SERVPRO ?
FASTER WORK COMPLETION!
No more waiting days for a contractor to respond when every hour counts! SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores is dedicated to providing 24 Hour emergency service with SERVPRO's 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines. Within 1 hours from notice of loss, we will contact you to arrange for service. Within 4 hours we will be on-site to start mitigation services. Within 8 business hours, a verbal briefing will be communicated to the adjuster from our crew chief on site at your home or business. At SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores we have crews that are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for your emergency service needs. Please call SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores at (586) 741-5050.
Why SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores? Local Water Damage Specialists
SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores makes it "Like it never even happened"
Why SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores? Because we are your local water damage specialists. If your home is suddenly hit with a flood, would you want someone who “may” be able to clean it up? Or would you want someone who specializes in flood damage? We have the expertise and the equipment to thoroughly dry, clean and sanitize your home after a flood.
Every water damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. They 7 steps below illustrate SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores’ process for a typical water restoration.
Step 1 - Emergency Contact
The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources.
Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment
We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.
Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction
The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.
Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification
We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.
Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing
We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using a number of techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.
Step 6 - Restoration
Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.
SERVPRO of St. Clair Shores cares about you and your home and our team of heroes will make it "Like it never even happened.” Call us 24/7 @ (586)741-5050.