When it comes to interior painting, there’s nothing quite as fantastic as the uplifting effect of freshly painted walls. You might even say that the right house painting operates like a face-lift, but for your home. 

In this article, we will show you not only how to get a professional finish when having your house painting done, but the very best ways to preserve that pristine look for years to come. 

What should I expect from a professional interior painting job? 

Interior paint-work is not only an aesthetic consideration in your home, but is a very practical need. 

Trusted brands in Canberra, like Fluid Painting Solutions, give you peace of mind when working around your home. 

You can lean on them in a variety of ways, such as: 

  • In sharing knowledge and advice with you, such as your recommended choice of paint finish(es). 
  • In taking care of your living environment when undertaking any painting task.
  • In feeling fully confident in their ability to provide the most precise and efficient interior paint-work, so you are 100% satisfied with the results. 

From there, how do I keep freshly painted walls looking their best? 

As you might expect, professional painters also have “inside” tips on what methods and products are the most effective in looking after your walls. When it comes to cleaning, you might be amazed to know that you can easily use a homemade soap mixture.


Both of these mixtures are inexpensive, simple to make, and work just as well as most commercially available cleaners:

  • Try mixing 1 cup of borax and two tablespoons of dishwashing liquid in one gallon of warm water. You’ll find borax in the cleaning-products section of most supermarkets. 
  • Another option is to mix one cup of ammonia and one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid in one gallon of water.

Now that you’ve got your cleaning solutions sorted, let’s look at how to go about performing maintenance on your walls: 


  • Dust & Wash Your Walls


The first and most essential step in wall maintenance is to routinely clean away dust. For matte and gloss surfaces, a microfibre cloth is enough to get most dust away. Make sure not to press the fabric too hard; that way you will avoid rubbing any dirt into the paint itself. 

A gentle vacuum cleaner with a soft bristle attachment also functions as a reliable dust removal technique for these surfaces. Clean your walls using this method every couple of months for optimal results. 


  • Focus On Busy Areas 


If dusting doesn’t get the job done on its own, definitely try washing the area for a deeper clean. Even if you don’t need to wash an entire room, areas around switches and thermostats may need occasional wiping.

Dust and dirt also tend to accumulate on walls behind TVs or other electronics, and above radiators or vents. Likewise, you should pay attention to that area of your wall behind the sofa where dust just loves to pile up! 


  • Touch up damage as it occurs


To keep the paint looking fresh, touch up damage as it occurs. Sand and touch up a scraped or chipped surface, feathering the paint over the surrounding area to fill it in properly. 


Fill holes first and make use of a reliable sealer before touching it up. If a leak has caused peeling and bubbling, fix the leak source before scraping. Sand the area and repaint it. Whenever possible, use paint leftover from the original job to ensure a solid match.


  • Apply extra care in well-used spaces


In well-used spaces like the kitchen or bathroom, steam and moisture build-ups can also cause damage to paint over time. Rub gently with a natural sponge with a soap and water solution to remove surface dirt without causing any scratches or damage. 

Wash and rinse a small area at a time. Then move up and do the area that partially overlaps what you’ve already cleaned in order to cover all spaces well. In case of excess moisture, dry the wall with an old towel.


  • Don’t Forget To Clean Your Ceilings


When it comes to keeping your interiors looking fresh, ceilings definitely factor in as well. They are often a prime space for dust to settle. Vacuum these areas with a soft brush. You can also try a clean, white cloth wrapped around the head of a broom for those hard-to-reach spaces.


We hope the above tips assist in preserving your home painting interior finishes. Remember, typical performance does depends on the base that was set by your painter, ie. the better the quality of your painters, the more resilient your surfaces will be. 

For a wide range of interior and exterior paintwork, touch-ups and repairs in Canberra, be sure to contact Fluid Painting Solutions to get the job done right the first time.