Flat paint is used for the walls. The flat paint is very effective and has good result on walls. It is basically used to clean the walls. If there is some rough surface or have a bad texture on the wall you can get clean it by the use of flat paint. It is used basically for the neatness and the cleanliness on walls. Some people used this for decoration purpose also by using in different color.
Process of cleaning
- Put on rubber gloves and safety goggles for protection against splashing chemicals.
- Read the directions on your chosen product to determine if it is safe to use without diluting it.
- Mix a mild soap or vinegar solution, depending on which cleaning agent you choose, in a bucket with lukewarm water, following the manufacturer’s instructions. If you do not find this information on the product label, err on the side of caution and never combine chemical cleaners.
- Fill another bucket with plain warm water for rinsing your sponge or cloth frequently during cleaning.
- Wipe down walls with flat paint using either clean rags or sponges dipped in your soapy mixture. Follow up by wiping dry with another clean cloth dipped in plain hot water.
- Do not use any of these methods on painted walls that are water-based or oil-based paints.
- Hire a professional to clean walls with flat paint since it is labor intensive and should only be attempted by someone who has experience in painting or paint removal.
So, your walls are looking less than perfect. They’ve become kind of dirty and you want them to look like new again. Well there are plenty of options if you do some research. You can definitely clean your walls with vinegar and water by using a sponge.
Tips and methods
One tip is to use the ‘vinegar and water’ solution on an old towel first, just so you can get an idea of what the finished product will look like before using it directly on the wall.
1. Cloth and Sponge
Grab a sponge and some soap (or shampoo works too) and make sure to wet the cloth with some warm water before wringing it out. Then, by using circular motions, clean out any dirt or dust on your wall. Again, make sure to rinse the sponge frequently as you work so that all of that cleaning solution doesn’t build up and leave unsightly marks on your wall.
Make sure that you keep the ‘vinegar-soap’ mix away from paint as much as possible because it can damage it! Also don’t use this method for wood paneling; since it contains more oil than drywall does, vinegar may strip all of the finish off.
2. Vinegar and Water
Fill up a bucket with one gallon of warm tap water, then fill the rest to the top with white distilled vinegar. Submerge your sponge in this solution to soak it for about 10 minutes. Clean around all of the edges where dirt frequently builds up first, then smooth out the middle parts of your wall so that you don’t waste too much time on ‘dead space’.
This method will also require some paint touch ups later on! So grab that flat brush now along with your paint color of choice. For these touch-up spots however, wait to put any paint on them until after you’ve completely finished painting all the other because you don’t want any paint to accidentally get on your ‘vinegar-soaked’ sponge.
3. Specialty Sponges
These are flat in shape with holes in them which make excellent tools for ‘sucking’ debris out of walls because they create suction between themselves and the wall. That means no scratches! Just be sure to clean these well after every use so you don’t infect the next room you go into with any leftover germs. At least that’s what I do!
4. Touch Up Paint
Now let’s go for broke and talk about touch-ups. You’ll want to use paint that ideally matches the color of your wall (to be safe). Use a brush to apply sparingly, then wipe off any excess with a rag or by holding it tipped down at an angle so that gravity can take care of the rest.
If you do find yourself with too much paint on this however, just grab another rag and rub in some other direction than how you first brushed it onto the wall. That should take care of it without having to resort to sandpaper or anything like that. You don’t want to “ruin” your walls now do you? Well hopefully not anyway.
5. The Last Resort
Finally, here is the last resort. You would never want to do this but you’ll be needed it if all else fails. Sometimes after using your sponge or specialty sponges you find that there are some really tough areas of grime left behind on your walls no matter how hard you try! This is when sandpaper comes in handy.
Research shows that sanding drywall before priming and painting actually saves time by filling in larger cracks than brushes can reach which makes for an even surface upon which paint can be applied. However, sandpaper does remove more material than a brush so careful not to damage your paint.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the disadvantage of flat paint?
The major disadvantage of flat paint is it absorb light and then it is easily noticed that where the patch was. It sometime makes a rough patch if it is not used properly. It is important that you must be use the pain carefully. A little mistake will destroy all the paint on wall.
- Can we remove the scratches from the wall?
Like all other paints, scratches can also be happen to the flat paint. You have to take it with great care. And if this will happen you can coat one more on the wall.