Spring Cleaning - Decorating Tips

Below are some excellent decorating tips and hints that will lessen your cleaning workload when that time comes to freshen up your home with a lick of paint.

How to Remove paint from your hands

Before you start painting, if you cover your hands in an oil based shield such as Vaseline, then when it’ll be much easier to wash the paint off your hands. This is because the oil will create an effective barrier between your skin and the paint.

Reduce thickness of paint

Have you ever noticed, that when you use gloss paint it becomes thicker after while, making it harder to apply? Well, a great decorating tip is to add a squirt of washing up liquid to the paint, give it a quick mix and hey presto, the paint is more fluid again. If, after an initial squirt he paint is still too thick, repeat the process.

How to minimuse paint fumes

If you want to reduce reduce the nauseas smell of the paint when painting simply add some fragrance to it, such as a few squirts of perfume give it a quick stir and the smell should be a little more pleasant to the senses. In addition, simply cutting a few lare onions in half and placing them around the home will absorb the smell of paint

Stiff windows?

After painting around sash windows, if you notice that they have become more difficult to open, a good tip is to lubricate the side-runners by smearing soap down them. This should make things a lot easier next time you open them.

Painting in borders

When painting, if you want to paint a border, say, half way up your wall a great tip is to get some masking tape and in a straight line stick it along the length of your wall. Repeat the process depending on how thick you want your border to be.

When you have chosen the appropriate colour for the border paint and fill the gap. When you have done this, remove the masking tape, and you should have a perfect border.

How to remove stuck on wallpaper

When you are removing wallpaper, with a Stanley knife score down the length of the wall - taking care not to cut in the plaster work. When you have done this fill a bowl with warm soapy water and then with a sponge soak the wall with the water, and leave for ten minutes. When you return to strip the wall the old paper should come off a lot easier. If needs be soak the wall again.

What is the best way to clean and store paint rollers?

This painting tip is very important in any good housekeeping or homemaking role; as there is nothing worse than deciding to give your home a new lick of paint - to spruce it up - only to realize that the rollers have been wrecked by not cleaning and storing them properly.

In order to ensure this scenario doesn’t happen to you, grab yourself a water proof vessel, and add a mixture of paint thinner and water to it. Pop the roller part of the paint roller into the vessel, making sure you submerge it as fully as possible and place a tight fitting lid on top. Hey presto!! Next time you use it, it’ll be as good as new.

How to clean paintbrushes

If you are over-using the old turpentine to clean paintbrushes then you are probably washing the brushes in a basin or sink; am I right? I thought so ;) A good painting tip to reduce the amount you use is a matter of applying a little bit of science. If you use a large flattish basin to wash the brushes in, then you’ll need to use more water in order to fill it, this in turn means that you’ll use a lot more turpentine.

In order to reduce the amount you use grab yourself a jar of roughly 500 ml volume (depending on the size of your paintbrush). Add to this a mixture of water and turpentine, pop the brush into this solution and either clean it there and then or leave to soak for while.

How do I reduce paintbrush marks left in the finish after varnishing

This is a very good decorating tip. The main answer to this question is not to use a brush to apply the varnish in the first place; an effective finish can be achieved by applying the varnish with a sponge or cloth (a soft one will yield better results). If you adopt this decorating tip you’ll find you’ll have a great finish to impress the harshest of critics.

How do I stop paint from getting on the handle when I’m painting doors?

The decorating tip I adhere to here is to get old socks - preferably odd ones - and place them on the handles of the door to be painted. You’ll then need to grab an elastic band and secure the socks around the handles so they don’t fall off. For the rest of the fitting just add masking tape to it. When you have finished painting remove the socks and tape and you should be left with paint free handles.

N.B.If you don’t have any old socks or tape you can use, then apply Vaseline to the handles, this is not as affective but it’ll make it a lot easier to remove paint from them when you have finished the job.

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