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Keeping Paintwork Wonderful

Posted on Mar 2, 2017

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© Emily May

Be aware that walls, like windows, accumulate a faint layer of dust or grime.

A seemingly minor job of cleaning a small spot can lead to a major cleaning job! If unwillingly caught in this predicament, a feather duster can sometimes minimise the boundary between the cleaned and uncleaned areas.

Always test the cleaning method in an inconspicuous area to ensure the cleaning process you plan to use does not damage the finish of the paint. Wait until the test area has dried before using the same technique on more conspicuous areas. Walls may appear discoloured as they absorb the water, but should dry back to their original colour.

Do not vigorously scrub the surface or use an abrasive or strong cleaning agent, as you may burnish the paint surface and mar the paint finish. Do not wash walls for four weeks after painting, as waterborne paints require this period of time to fully cure.

If using Resene Interior Paintwork Cleaner ‘concentrate’, dilute before use. For light soiling dilute 1:60 with water, for medium soiling dilute 1:50 (approximately one teaspoonful to one cup) with water, for heavy soiling dilute 1:40 with water. If using Resene Interior Paintwork Cleaner ‘ready to use’ no further dilution is required.

Dip a soft lint free cloth, such as a Jif Ballerina, into the Resene Interior Paintwork Cleaner solution. Do not saturate the cloth as this could lead to runs and streaking. If using a spray pack, apply Resene Interior Paintwork Cleaner direct to the surface you wish to clean.

Using light strokes, thoroughly wipe the area to be cleaned turning the cloth frequently to maintain a clean edge. Wipe away any excess solution. Wring the cleaning cloth out into an empty bucket before dipping it into the detergent solution again. This will minimise the appearance of streaks.

In order to achieve an even finish, dry the surface with one final wipe using a soft dry lint-free cloth in the direction of the paint flow. If trying to remove a localised mark, start from outside of the mark and work towards it. This will minimise any ‘tide mark’ that might develop.

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