Preparation of your house prior to painting will prevent damage to your furniture and harm to yourself. As always, carefully executed initial preparations will save you from problems at a later stage.
The first thing you should do is to ensure there is enough space to move around with your ladder. Move all the furniture into the middle of the room or outside the room to be painted if possible. Don’t forget to remove artwork, mirrors and wall-hung ornaments.
Cover all furniture with PVC sheeting or with old bed linen to protect it from paint splashes. Polisan satin sheets that you can find in hardware stores are a practical solution. Affix sheets to the ground using Polisan masking tape to prevent them from slipping off furniture.
In the next step, electrical sockets should be unscrewed away from the walls, as well as light switches, telephone jacks and satellite TV connection plugs.
If you are going to paint the ceiling, all the fixtures on the ceiling must be disassembled, unless the design allows the ceiling rose to be loosened to allow painting underneath. In such a case, the main section must be properly covered and protected from paint. For this you can use a large garbage bag, closing the top of the bag tightly with masking tape.
Dismantling door handles and latches makes it easier to paint doors and window frames. Polisan masking tape may not be enough in these areas.
Now it’s time to protect non-removable items and fixtures. Cover the radiators you don’t want to paint using Polisan masking tape and Polisan satin sheet. You may also protect the walls or areas that are not to be painted using a PVC sheet as a mask. (For example, you may cover the walls while painting the ceiling).
Marble, parquet or ceramics, or whatever the floor is made of, must be protected. You may cover the floor with PVC or linen sheets.
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