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Home Maintenance Topics

Interior Maintenance

Wall Finishes

To preserve appearance and longevity
Twice a year


  • Check for cracks at windows, doors, corners, and ceilings. Most drywall cracks will occur after a heating or cooling season with the change in humidity. Air conditioners provide very dry air as they cool.
  • Repair with two to three coats of joint compound, sand and repaint when convenient. Minor cracks can be filled with a heavy coat of matching paint.
  • Look for any nail pops or protrusions. Reset offending nails deeper into drywall, then repeat drywall repair.
  • Consult with a drywall contractor to retexture, as necessary.

Paint or Stain

  • Look for peeling, cracking, blistering, fading, or scuff marks. Scrape off paint from any damaged areas.
  • Flat paint can be touched up with a small brush and matching paint.
  • Semi-gloss and glossy paint can be touched up or wiped off with a damp sponge to clean.
  • Exterior paints can usually be used for inside areas. However, the opposite is not always true.
  • Do not use an acrylic or latex paint over enamel or varnish, as it will not adhere.
  • Use washable paint in the bathroom, kitchen, and utility area.
  • Stain can often be rejuvenated with a good quality furniture polish.
  • Some painted surfaces may be cleaned with a mild solution of detergent and water. If you are not sure of the wash ability of the paint, try washing in an inconspicuous place.
  • Wood paneling should be cleaned with a wood cleaning product and then treated with paneling wax or with linseed oil.


  • Look for loose or curling seams. Changes in humidity can cause seams to separate. Reattach with a compatible wallpaper seam adhesive.
  • Keep water and condensation away from all seams.
  • Clean surface as necessary with a damp sponge.

Brick or Stone Veneer

  • Periodically check for cracks in the mortar. Changes in humidity can cause mortar to shrink.
  • Consult with a qualified mason, as necessary, to re-point cracks and match existing mortar.
  • Glazed brick or tile should be washed with soap and water. Use a non-abrasive household cleaner to remove stains.