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Common Bathroom Problems – Mold, Hairspray, Toothpaste, Peeling Paint

What are some of the most common bathroom problems?  Mold, hairspray, and toothpaste on the walls, and peeling paint.  Watch the video below by clicking on the middle arrow image to play the full video:

 

Common Bathroom Problems

So let’s break it down.  Below are the 4 common problems, and my suggestions of either how to fix the problems or how to alleviate them in the future:

  • Mold – Really, you need to know why you have mold.  I can’t say for certain your reason, but the most common is excess water and moisture.  Water at the bottom corner near the wall and floor tile.  Mold also forms at bathroom ceilings due to poor ventilation.
  • Hairspray & ToothpasteHairspray has wax.  I find that using denatured alcohol works really good.  Toothpaste can be cleaned up by warm water or sanding it off. 
  • Peeling Ceilings – Peeling ceilings generally happens because of poor ventilation.  Get that vent fan replaced and see if that fixes the problem for you.

Recap

To sum up, take the time to keep your bathroom walls, trim and doors clean of toothpaste and hairspray.  When it comes time to repaint in the future, you won’t have a huge problem on your hand.  Make it part of your weekly cleaning habits.  Trust me!  And if you notice your windows starting to show signs of condensation, figure out where you are getting extra water pooling up.  Dry up areas on the floor tile when showering, and make sure you have proper and adequate ventilation.  This will avoid peeling paint issues on the ceiling.

Give me a call if you need an estimate painting your bathroom walls or ceilings.  My team and I have been serving the Chicago area and its suburbs, such as Orland Park, Mokena, Frankfort, Shorewood, Naperville, Plainfield, etc. for 30+ years.  If you are searching for the best interior painting contractor near me, give me a call!  

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How to Clean Walls In Your House – Best Cleaner to Wash Painted Walls

Your walls are clean and looking amazing.  What could happen to make it look horrible?  Either a flattened spider, some food that spills on the walls, or some dirt from the dog’s paw.  Let’s look how to clean walls in your house.

 

How to Clean Walls in Your House

So let’s get right down to the basic ways to clean your walls:

  • Patience is your best friend
  • Apply a soft cloth, warmed with water
  • Don’t scrub or use any abrasive motion – it will burnish the walls
  • Repeat this process if needed

Preparation of Walls is Key

Actually, knowing what is the best paint to apply before a stain occurs is key.  I recommend the best quality materials and finishes for high-traffic areas such as kitchens, hallways, bathrooms and laundry room.  These areas get the most stains on the walls.

The better paint products tend to be a more durable surface and clean up better.

Secondly, if for some reason the warm water process noted above doesn’t work, using the higher quality paint tends to touch-up better than their less expensive counterparts.

Recap

To sum up, how to clean walls in your house isn’t that hard.  Warm water and patience is your friend.  But the best advice I can give is using the highest quality paint you can afford.  This will help you clean your walls.

Give me a call if you need an estimate to paint your interior walls.  My team and I have been serving the Chicago area and its suburbs, such as Naperville, Lisle, St. Charles, Orland Park, Mokena, Frankfort, Shorewood, etc. for 30+ years.

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Staining and Varnishing Baseboards

Most homes in the Chicago area have a combination of painted baseboards and also stained baseboards.  Ninety-five percent of what we are doing is applying an oil based stain.  Let’s look at the video below that talks in greater depth about staining and varnishing baseboards:

Staining and Varnishing Baseboards

Because most homes have a combination of both painted and stained trim work, some colors are changing too. It used to be a very dark walnut color throughout.  Now, we are seeing more natural tones and weathered wood stains being applied.

95% of what we are applying, still, is oil based stains.  If you have pine, poplar, maple, birch, you should be applying a wood conditioner prior to staining.  Apply this with a brush or rag.  Read your directions on the can for more details.

Watch the video for all the details, because it’s too in depth to write everything out here.  But make sure you are addressing issues such as

  • Wiping off excess conditioner
  • How long you want to let wood conditioner sit on wood
  • Applying sanding sealer
  • Filling nail holes
  • Sanding between coats

Give me a call at the office at 815-260-6773 if you want to get an estimate for your interior staining of your trim work (baseboards, wood trim around windows, crown molding, staircase wood).  I’d be happy to help you out.  My team and I have been serving the Elmhurst, Plainfield, Naperville, Lincoln Park, Lisle, Downers Grove, Woodridge, and all of Chicago for over 30+ years.

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Fix Drywall Nail Pops

Do you have a bad drywall job?  Probably not, it is just your house settling.  But you will need to know how to fix drywall nail pops.  Check out my video below by clicking on the arrow:

Fix Drywall Nail Pops

Your home expands and contracts due to extreme hot or cold temperatures.  Your home is bound to get nail pops showing through the drywall.  Cracks are a sign that your home has a weak spot due to the original construction of the home.

In order to fix drywall nail pops or cracks, you’ll need to take out the old screw and replace with a new one.  Then get some spackle, sanding pad, drywall tape, and apply drywall compound.

Let me know if you’d like me to come out for an estimate to fix drywall nail pops.  My team and I have been serving the Elmhurst, Lisle, Plainfield, Burr Ridge, and all of Chicago area for 30+ years.

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Caulk Baseboards Before Painting

Caulk baseboards before painting is a necessary step when painting the interior of your home.

Caulk Baseboards Before Painting

The most important reason to caulk baseboards before painting is to add a layer of protection to your windows and doors.  This protections is to keep the cold air out.  And in the summer, to keep the cold air conditioned air inside. Another reason is to make your painting looking for complete because there is no thin, black line due to a gap up next to the wall.

Give me a call if you’d like an estimate.  My team and I have been serving the Naperville, Elmhurst, Burr Ridge, Downers Grove, and all of Chicago area for 30+ years.

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