What To Do Before The Painter Comes
Painters are only interested in your walls and ceilings and woodwork so any furniture and other possessions that come between them and the wall will be carefully shoved to one side.
The most effective and considerate preparation you can do before your painter arrives is to pack up any nick nacks that are loose on the furniture in the rooms to be painted. Although painters can slide a cabinet filled with Wedgwood away from the wall they will not empty it or touch the items in it.
Pack Up Or Make Safe Small Objects on Furniture
If the whole house isn't being done, moving small pieces of furniture out of the rooms to be painted can be helpful if the room is very crowded. Taping plastic dust sheets over extremely valuable furniture can keep it dust and paint spatter free.
Neither of these things is really necessary as dust sheets are always used and furniture can be moved, but you know how valuable your things are and should take what steps you consider necessary to protect them.
If you have precious or valuable objects, carefully move them out of the room or to where they will not obstruct access to the wall for painting. If an object might be damaged when moved consider putting it out of harms way.
Packing things in boxes may not be necessary but can be very helpful. Many clients take this opportunity to pack things safely out of the way while painting, then spring clean and sort out their precious possessions before bringing them back for display in their new décor.
Cleaning Before the Painters Come
Painters preparation can make a mess. If there are holes or cracks to be filled, they use a powder filler and this requires sanding when it hardens which creates dust. Woodwork is often lightly sanded before it is painted. If paintwork is peeling or cracked heavy sanding and scraping may be required.
It may sound silly to talk about cleaning before a painter comes, but painters love to do a good job for you. The less dirt and dust there is in a place, the more careful they will be to keep your house clean and looking good. The less dust there is around, the better the final finish of your paint will be - as neither brush or roller will pick up fluff, dust or bits .
Painters are not cleaners. They prepare the surfaces they are going to paint. When they make a mess they clean up the mess they make. Any other surfaces near by are not touched.
To get the smoothest finish from any painter, clean up build ups of dust around carpeted skirtings and anywhere else dust gathers, before the painter arrives. Painters don't usually bring their own vacuum cleaner and will just brush dirt away from edges. A light breeze can then blow it back on the finish as the paint dries.
Cleaning Up Window Edges
If you have an old and messy paint job around glass edges on windows, use a flat edge razor blade scraper to clean up the glass surface.These cost very little and are also great for cleaning tiles after the painter has been. There always seems to be small area somewhere that the dust cover missed and the roller spattered with fine dots of paint!
The painter will not clean up old cutting lines on glass unless asked to as part of the quote. They will cut their new fine line to the crease and any old mistakes and bad cutting from previous jobs will continue to show.
Cleaning the glass up after its been painted is fine but the new seal may become damaged. If the old paint is scraped from the glass before the painter comes, the new cutting line is easy to make look good and will better protect your woodwork with a good seal between glass and frame.
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