Cleaning Paint Stains

We’ve all seen the stereotype. An artist so focused, so obsessed with his work that he neglects the simple task of cleaning up after himself as he tries to complete his latest work. This is probably true in some cases, but not all.

Some artists clean up as they go about their work. Whether they make sketches or digital illustrations, some creative types like to have a clean space. It helps them think, especially if it’s part of their rituals before they try to exercise their minds.

Of course, for painters, cleaning can be an extra challenge. After all, paint stains can be so hard to get rid of if you don’t know how.

There are two areas where you’re likely to get paint stains after a brisk day of painting. Your environment and your clothes. Cleaning these up will take different procedures, but similar principles.

If you’ve managed to get water-based paints on clothing, there’s a simple procedure for it. You just need to make sure to get to it while it’s still wet.

First, don’t put the entire piece of clothing in water. Instead, you’ll want to run warm water through the underside of the stained area. This flushes it out. After that, you’ll want to do a spot treatment using soap and running water. Bar soap works, but I usually prefer dish or laundry detergent.

After a few repetitions, the stain should go away. This also works for indoor and outdoor paints, acrylic, or even poster paints.

If the stain persists like the grime in a gutter that you have to call professionals to clean, use acetone nail polish remover. You can also try a commercial stain remover before laundering as normal. Don’t place anything in the garment until the stain is gone.

On the other hand, if you have an old stain, that can be more of a problem. Scraping it off might work, but that risks damaging things. Scrape carefully, then apply alcohol or acetone like above. If the stain doesn’t go away, do not machine-dry. Air-dry the whole thing and get a pro on the job.

If upholstery got the stain, lightly scrape away immediately. Then blot the area with something damp and soapy. Once again, dish detergent or laundry detergent can help. Keep this up until the area is clear of any paint.

However, avoid using too much water. That can dilute the paint and cause the stain to spread.

As noted above, acetone nail polish remover can help remove the stain if it persists. Be sure to test this out on an inconspicuous area first, in case it damages the upholstery.

If you have paint stains on the carpet, the process remains the same. Remove the excess with a blunt knife, and blot the area. Use an upward motion and twist the pile as you lift, squeezing the paint out of the fibres. Repeat this until everything is gone.

With a carpet, you’ll want a professional on the job. Paint stains can be impossible to remove without professional-grade products and tools.

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Selecting Your Furniture When Redecorating

Renovating your home sometimes means you have to change the furniture in your house. Buying furniture is easy, but getting a piece of furniture can be a little intimidating. In fact, the reason you want to modernise your house is either to make it look nice inside, make it safer for your family or to make the house more functional.


No matter what your reason may be for renovating your home, you have to find the right furniture that matches your need and design choices. Here are some things you should consider when shopping for furniture.


  1. Design

This really is a very important decision to make, particularly if your reason for renovating is to enhance the beauty of your home interior. Right now there are many furniture designs to choose from and thus many categories of furniture designs enough to make your head spin. Just how do you know which furniture to choose?


Know what the interior design style of your home is. It could be classical, modern or minimalist for example. Then simply choose furniture which fits the sort of interior design your house has. Minimalist houses work best with simple furniture that does not have so many designs. Traditional interiors work best with classical furniture. The colour of the furniture should also match the theme of the house.


  1. Elements

Furniture toughness is determined by the materials used on it. Hardwood furniture is a good choice because of its strength and overall flexibility of use. Modern homes could use some metal material in the furniture to enhance the current quality of the home. Once choosing furniture, always ask what it is made. A simple online research will tell you whether or not the material would last long.

Stay away from plastic furniture because they are not durable, often too light and therefore unstable and might not exactly be able to hold the weight of the items you place on them. Be mindful of furniture with glasses too if you have children because if the glass destroys it can injure them. If you want furniture with glass, try finding the one that uses fibreglass.


  1. Space

Consider how much space the furniture would take in your house. If you have a tiny interior, then it is merely practical to avoid space-hogging furniture. On the other hand, if your home is too spacious, using small furniture may make it look empty. Only balance your furniture size and the dimensions of your home interior and will also be fine.

If you want furniture that can hold a lot of stuff but your house is small, you could be able to save space by buying slim, but taller furniture, so you can use the vertical space at home}.