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.