You've got lovely fresh paintwork in your foyer -- moldings, stair rails, walls, and banisters -- painted in that crisp white or soft buttery yellow that wakes up the whole look of your house. You enjoy the look every time you walk in... at first.
Then come fingerprints,dust from the street, and scuff marks from packages you've carried upstairs. Those lines right about the height of your dogs, since they brush against the woodwork when they come to greet you. The grubby fingermarks all around the light switch.
It's not the same any more, is it?
Don't despair. You can keep paint fresh and clean.
- Start with washable paint. It just makes sense for high-traffic areas.
- Wipe baseboards, moldings, door and window frames regularly with soapy water. It's always easier to keep a clean surface clean than to get a dirty one cleaned up.
- Use cream cleanser to clean up any marks on paint. Test your favorite brand in an inconspicuous spot first to make sure it doesn't change the color.
- While you may think that repainting a grimy spot would help, it takes an expert to do paint touch-ups without showing. Chances are, doing it yourself will leave you with a more obvious mark than you had before.
If that fresh paintwork just doesn't look fresh any more and the dinginess is letting down your house and your spirits, you can repaint the woodwork and trim, or that one large wall right by the entry door, to freshen things up a bit between major painting jobs. It's an economical means to keep your home looking good.