How to prepare and protect your home interior before painting and redecorating

Posted on 05 Aug 2021 by

Painting and redecorating your house is a great idea if you’re looking for a breath of fresh air in your home. Changing the color of your walls or hanging a couple of pieces will definitely spice up your interior design. However, if you’re not careful during the houseworks and you forgot to prepare your home properly before, you risk damaging your furniture, electronics, items of sentimental value, and other memorabilia.

Unfortunately, you can’t always move items around with ease - some pieces of furniture are just too heavy to move or too complicated to assemble to bother disassembling them. There is nothing to worry, though - while you might not know what to do, there are skilled painters and decorators in London who will be happy to help you.

But how to choose the right contractors for the job? If you’re looking for professional help in and around London, let us convince you why Ignas is the company you should choose.

Painting contractors in London with 20 years of experience

 We could talk for hours about what makes a good contractor - but that isn’t the topic of this article, is it now? Let’s quickly sum up what you should look for when searching for the perfect contractor:

  • A company that does both high-end, luxurious projects, and simple residential and commercial ones.
  • Has years of experience working with London’s architecture
  • Knows how to protect your valuables from damage during works
  • Has a great sense of aesthetics

For over 20 years, Ignas’ painters and decorators have been carrying out large and small projects all around London, including Kensington, Chelsea, and Westminster. Our work covers both interiors and exteriors of apartments, houses, as well as commercial buildings, including offices, restaurants, shops, and even art galleries and schools.

With testimonials and recommendations as proof, we strive for our work to establish the standards around London and provide citizens with high-quality, affordable painters and decorators. Interested? Contact us!

Phase 1 - Establish how you’re going to protect your interior and move your furniture 

The first step to successful painting or redecorating is to plan in advance. If you have no idea how you’re going to protect your valuables from damage and move your furniture around to make room - don’t even think about starting with the works.

Consider the layout of your house, including all the rooms you’re going to be painting or redecorating. Are you planning to rework the entire building, or just one room? How much furniture and equipment is in those rooms, and how are you going to make room for the works?

Some additional things to consider might be:

  • How much time do you have to complete the project?
  • How many workers are going to be working on it?
  • Is your building going to be occupied during the works?
  • Are you going to be moving stuff around, or just cover it with a protective layer of material?

All smaller items like framed photographs and pots should be covered in bubble wrap and put in a safe place. If you can move furniture around, that’s great. If you can’t - that’s where Phase 2 starts.

Phase 2 - Make sure your surfaces are well-protected 

Now that you have gotten rid of everything that you could have, your next step is to cover the surfaces of everything that remained. Masking foil and dust sheets are great for keeping your furniture away from paint splashes - just make sure you properly immobilize it with some masking tape.

Professional painters in London often close off the room they’re working in with a special anti-dust, plastic door. This way, the mess stays limited to the room that’s being worked on, leaving the rest of your home clean and making the clean up much shorter.

Phase 3 - Cover the floors

You have the furniture covered, but what about the floor? Dust and paint splashes on the floor can be extremely difficult to get rid of, especially if you’ve got wooden flooring. Our advice as experienced decorators and painting contractors in London is to use 3mm thick hardwood sheets, laid flat on a layer of paper. An additional bonus of using hardwood sheets is that the floor still has the ability to breathe - which is especially important in case of underfloor heating.

In case of difficult flooring, we often use Correx sheets - a polypropylene material that is lightweight and durable, with micro-perforated holes for breathing. We glue the Correx sheets to the floor using a strong adhesive that is put on low tack masking tape to protect the floor.

If your home has carpets inside, dust sheets are a good way of protecting them from debris and paint. Just make sure to check if the sheets are properly held down by tape - you don’t want a sudden gust of wind rustling the sheets and exposing the carpets to damage.


Phase 4 - Choose the equipment with caution
 

When choosing the equipment for your renovation works, make sure you use appropriate materials. For example, some types of masking tape tend to leave oily markings on the walls after they’re taken down - primarily the cheap ones. Protection shields and sheets have similar problems, depending on the materials they are made out of and the production quality.

If you want your painting or redecorating done with style, you need to use high-quality materials. Don’t know how to choose? Hire a professional contractor to take care of the safety precautions for you! Ignas Ltd makes use of only the best materials and equipment, making sure your valuables remain safe for the duration of renovation.

We’re not just skilled decorators and painters from London - we are professional managers, experienced in coordinating large numbers of workers to realize a large, unified project. During every stage of houseworks, we will be right there to ensure everything is done according to the plan.

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