Every morning, before we start our day, most of us head to the bathroom to make ourselves over? But, when was the last time you gave your bathroom a makeover?
A bathroom is, arguably, one of the most important rooms in any household; however, often, this space can become the most neglected. In fact, even if you have taken the time to polish your taps, clean the porcelain, and empty the drains, your bathroom may begin to show serious signs of wear and tear within just a few years. This is all thanks to the high levels of humidity experienced in most bathrooms that can do a number on painted walls, ceilings, and wallpapers!
Thinking it’s time to get started repainting your bathroom? WAIT!
While painting a bathroom is simple enough, it isn’t as straightforward or obvious as you may think.
Choosing the wrong paints or neglecting proper application can cause your beautiful new bathroom walls to be worn and peeling within weeks, let-alone years.
The Repaint Specialists want to make sure you are set up for success, so here are a few simple rules to follow to ensure your bathroom will look awesome, and remain in great shape for years to come!
Rule #1: Preparation
You will notice a common thread within our blogs, and that is that rule number 1 is almost always prep work! This is because the first step in any painting job is to prepare the surfaces. It cannot be stressed enough how important this is, as a few hours getting the surfaces right will mean less chance of the paint peeling in the months to come.
- Cover all surfaces, especially the bath, taps and shower. You don’t want to risk scratching your taps and faucets trying to scrape hard to remove paint splatter!
- Remove any old paint with a paint scraper.
- Make sure all holes or cracks are filled with a filler designed specifically for bathroom use.
- If the surface has been painted previously with a gloss paint, you should use a solvent designed to “de-gloss” the paint. This will allow the new paint to adhere better.
- Clean the walls with a sugar soap, being careful to wash off any residue. Vacuuming to remove all remaining dust is also a good idea.
- Use a primer specifically made for high humidity. These primers are most likely going to be oil based and will help prevent moisture from getting into the wall!
Rule #2: Selecting The Right Paint
Think about your bathroom area. Do you have good ventilation? Is there always water drops dripping down the walls after a hot shower? There are plenty of paints designed specifically for bathrooms on the market these days. Some have higher water resistant properties than others and you need to choose the one which suits your circumstances.
Flat or eggshell paints should be avoided. They are not easily washed, and as a result, they tend to show water spots and humidity stains, creating a grungy look.
Matt paint which has been designed for bathrooms is now available. It is easier to apply than gloss and will work well.
Satin paint is better suited for bathrooms where there is little moisture in the air. Satin paint might be ideal for little-used rooms such as half bathrooms without showers/tubs, or rarely used guest bathrooms.
Semi-gloss has a high sheen and repels moisture making it a great choice for most bathrooms
High-gloss is considered to be the best paint for bathrooms because it is the best repellent of water. Unfortunately, it can be a bit unforgiving, showing every little bump and imperfection which makes it more difficult for amateur painters to apply.
Rule #3: Maintenance
If you have followed the advice above, then you have set the foundation for a great looking bathroom, long term. However, there are a few simple things you can to do, so that you can enjoy the look even longer!
- Open windows during or after showers to help with ventilation.
- Clean your painted surfaces regularly, especially if you notice mould developing. This can destroy the condition of the paint leading to peeling and chipping.
- Place tiles around baths and sinks to avoid any constant large splashes that will eventually break down the paint (even the best indoor wall paint can’t withstand large amounts of water)
Give The Repaint Specialists a call, or pop in to one of our three great locations in Edmonton, Alberta.
Edmonton: (780) 448-5996
St. Albert: (780) 459-9246
Sherwood Park: (780) 467-6835