Owning a home comes with its share of responsibilities and this means regular maintenance. Taking care of your home not only prolongs its life but also ensures your family doesn’t develop any health problems. Usually, the floor and other parts of the house are given their due importance, but the indoor walls are often neglected.
maintenance of the wall depends on the material it’s made of and the kind of treatment it has had. While a majority of Indian homes have walls plastered with cement and then coated with paint, modern homes are increasingly coming with additional finishing. These can be in the forms of wallpapers, wall claddings or decorative wall panelling. Wall panels are available in a variety of materials including stone, wood, PVC, gypsum, marble or even particleboard.
Here are a few tips to guide you through making wall maintenance an effortless exercise:
Giving your wall a new coat of paint is the easiest way to keep it looking good. However, do make a point of dusting the wall and filling in any cracks with plaster before giving it a new coat of paint.
Latex polymer paints are best as they make the walls surface smoother and reduce its ability to hold onto dust. They also enhance your wall’s looks by making it shine more.
A feather brush or lint-free cloth is great for a regular dusting of the wall and keeping your home free of dust and dust-related allergies. This works well with wall panels too.
Regular cleansing with a moist cloth or a dilute dish-washing fluid can help get rid of the grime that collects over time. Be careful not to rub too hard as it may affect the painted surface or wall panel material.
Clean off stains as soon as they form. However, be careful and use products that won’t damage the wall surface. Mild dish-washing fluid usually does the job.
Keep furniture away from walls or use rubber padding on furniture to prevent damaging the wall. You can repair scratches/dents with plaster before repainting.
Always check walls for dampness or water leakage. They not only weaken the wall structure but also encourage fungal growth which can lead to allergies and respiratory conditions. Get a plumber at the earliest if dampness is detected.
Maintaining the walls in the classy ‘Under the Sun’ villas located amidst a verdant fruiting orchard in Devanahalli, Bangalore, is a breeze, however. These innovatively-architected homes are created keeping their maintenance in mind.