Tips for Cleaning Your Walls

Tips for Cleaning Your Walls

Most people are generally aware that they are supposed to clean their floors, windows and furniture fairly regularly, but they don’t always show the same kind of attention to their walls.

You may have hired some of the best house painters in Rhode Island to give your Home’s walls a fresh coat of paint, obviously it would make sense then that you would want them to look their best.

It is not uncommon for homes to have walls covered in fingerprints, marks from a child’s crayon, or any other blemishes that seem to randomly appear.

Part of the reason why so many homeowners don’t clean their walls as regularly as they should is because they may not know how to go about it. While you can always hire professionals (such as us at LOPCO Contracting) to take care of your walls when they get really bad, perhaps considering these tips may be helpful if you desire to keep them even reasonably clean…

Clean Fingerprints as They Appear

One of the best ways to keep your walls clean is to tackle any fingerprints or other marks as soon as you notice them. Painted walls can generally be cleaned with a soft brush attachment from a vacuum cleaner and wiped clean with a soft cloth or a cloth-covered dust mop. You can spray the dirty wall with a dusting agent or mild detergent for best results, but avoid using TOO much soap and water on most painted walls.

Know Your Finishes

You should know what kind of paint finish is on your walls when it comes time to thoroughly clean them. An eggshell or satin finish such as what you might find on a living room or bedroom wall is typically fairly fragile, this being the case you may not want to scrub at it too harshly with a lot of water or degreasing agent. Wiping away spots with a mildly damp sponge should be enough.

hat kind of paint finish is on your walls

If a wall has a glossier finish, you can usually get away with using a more harsh degreaser to clean the bigger messes. You may even need it too as most glossy paints are used in the kitchen and/or trim and will probably be subject to bigger messes or exposure to dirt & grime. Keep in mind that glossy paint can very much still scratch, so stick to using soft sponges when you wipe up your messes.

Finally, latex paint can be cleaned with a gentle all-purpose cleaner. Simply wipe down the wall with a mixture of the cleaner and some water with a soft sponge. More troublesome spots such as areas with plenty of fingerprints can be cleaned with a paste made from baking soda and water and a non-abrasive cleaning pad.

Even though it is possible and surprisingly easy to clean your home’s painted walls, don’t hesitate to contact us at LOPCO Contracting if your walls need more attention than you may be able to give them. Per usual, Contact us today if you have any questions!

Common Historic Restoration Mistakes

Common Historic Restoration Mistakes

We would all love to be able to restore a Historic building to its former glory – or at least hire the right Historic Restoration Contractors to do the job – but it’s never easy. You’re essentially fighting against time itself whenever you’re restoring a Historic property, and many of the materials and techniques that were used to build any given historic structure simply might no longer exist. Even the best Rhode Island Historic Restoration Contractors will have their work cut out for them.

Since Historic Restoration of any Rhode Island property is always very difficult, mistakes are quite common. Some of these are fairly simple and easy to fix, but others can practically derail a promising Restoration project. If you’re somehow involved in restoring an old property, here are a few common mistakes that you should avoid.


Choosing the Wrong Paint

Working to be one of the premier painting contractors in Rhode Island, we understand how important it is to choose the correct paint for a project. Unfortunately, many in our industry like to choose “cheaper” paint that works well with a new structure but does not work at all for Historic Restoration. If it is up to you to choose what kind of paint is going into a Historic Restoration, we encourage a few extra dollars to be spent in buying a high-quality paint that will last longer than much “cheaper” products.

Poor Waterproofing

Waterproofing an old building sounds like a great idea, but it can do more harm than good. Many historic buildings were built before modern waterproofing techniques were being widely used, but they were built in such a way that minimizes water damage. They are built from many different materials that intersect at lines of unequal expansion and contraction. Modern waterproofing can eventually force moisture into these lines, and the results can potentially be disastrous.


Using the Wrong Mortar

Failing mortar joints are common in older buildings, it makes a lot of sense that any Restoration project would require contractors to possibly repair brick walls and fireplaces. One problem with this is that much modern mortar is based on Portland cement, while older mortar is lime based. Portland cement is very hard and doesn’t transmit water very easily, which is why it is so popular in modern construction. The challenge is that it does not work well with older bricks. In fact, it can cause these softer bricks to start to deteriorate and cause even more damage to the structure. Portland cement also tends to look different from lime based cement when it dries, and it often stands out when it is used in Restoration projects.

Historic restoration is far more challenging than people realize, and it is easy to make mistakes.

The right team of house painters and carpenters, however, can do a great job and make even the oldest buildings look like new.

Finding a company that specializes in Rhode Island Historic Restoration is extremely important, if you want the job done right.

Fortunately, LOPCO Contracting is here to help you. If you want us to be involved with your next Historic Restoration project, contact us today and let us know what you are looking to do.

Getting Your Home Ready for Spring

Getting Your Home Ready for Spring

Spring is finally here, which means it’s time for some Spring cleaning. Depending on how you are wired, you may be either relishing the chance to air out your home and get rid of the grime that has somehow accumulated over the past several months or you may be dreading the extra housework. In either case, getting your home ready for the warmer Spring and Summer weather can make it feel like a completely new space in all the right ways; because of this it is definitely something that we highly recommend.

If you are at a loss as to how to get started with your Spring cleaning, here are a few tips that should hopefully make the process a bit easier…

Start With Your Exterior

The best place to begin your Spring cleaning is on the outside of your home. It’s the part of your home that’s exposed to the elements and it has almost certainly taken a beating from some type of harsh winter weather. Take a walk around the outside of your home and see if there is any damage that needs to be repaired. This may include damaged gutters, peeling paint, dented or rotted siding, and anything else that might catch your eye. You should be able to clean off some of the grime that has accumulated with a power washer, but more extensive damage may mean seeking out professional painting and carpentry services.

Check Your HVAC System

You might not need to turn on your AC right now, but you should still get it ready for the hot summer months. Check your air filters and change them if necessary. Clear your main outdoor AC unit of debris and get an HVAC service person into your home to make sure that everything is in good working order.

Start Cleaning Inside

Once your Home’s exterior and your HVAC system have been addressed, it’s time for some interior spring cleaning. Wash all of your windows on the inside and outside, dust off ceiling fans, and clean out your fireplace (if applicable). This is also a great time to take a look at your walls to see where they need to be Cleaned and/or Re-painted. Cleaning your walls usually involves a soft sponge and very little soap and water, but walls with a glossy paint job or latex paint can be wiped down with a mild degreaser if they’re really bad. If you want to repaint your walls, the Spring is a great time to do so. If interested in a professional opinion, feel free to simply Contact Us at LOPCO Contracting to learn more about our interior painting and carpentry services.

Many would agree that Spring is absolutely an EXCITING time of year; a little bit of Spring cleaning injected into it (although perhaps not the most fun thing you may do) can often make it an even more enjoyable season!!