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A Hairy Problem: How To Keep Hair Off Walls While Painting Your Home's Interior

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Painting the interior of your home is a great DIY project since it is much easier to accomplish than other remolding tasks. A new coat of paint can immediately brighten a drab room. If you are painting before selling your home, says that you could possibly get more money for it if you choose the right hues. However, a paint job can easily be ruined if there is debris on the wall. One issue that you may face is lint/hair getting stuck in fresh paint. Here are some ways to mitigate this issue

Clean the Walls Thoroughly

Before jumping into painting, spend some time cleaning your walls. Use a towel or microfiber cloth to dust the walls. Then use a broom or vacuum attachment to suck up debris in hard-to-reach places. Pay special attention to corners since they can collect a lot of hair. If you are painting your walls in rooms that get especially dirty, like the bathroom or the kitchen, you'll want to wash the walls.

If your paint is latex based, use a bucket of warm water with a few drops of dish detergent. If you are unsure what kind of paint is on your walls, pull out the old canisters and look for the manufacturer. You can contact the manufacturer and ask what's safe for your walls.

If you have sticky areas on the walls that have gathered hair—like excess hairspray on the bathroom walls—use a microfiber cloth and solution of vinegar and water to remove it. 

Use the Right Paintbrushes

Since your walls are all clean, the last thing you want to do is dirty them up again. While you may save a little money purchasing cheaper brushes and rollers, these items are notorious for having loose bristles and fibers, meaning that your new paint will look hairy. And since cheaper rollers don't hold enough paint, you may overcompensate by pressing them into the walls even more.

Avoid all-in-one, single-use roller covers that have cardboard spindles. You don't have to pay too much more to get a nice quality roller. High-quality paintbrushes and rollers should have "shed risistanceresistance" on their packaging. There are many different brush fibers that work well, so you can ask a residential painting professional on which brands they'd recommend.

While wool fibers have great coverage, it may be better to get a wool blend. Completely wool paint rollers tend to shed a lot if they're brand new. If you still want to use one, one hack you can do is cover it with a lint roller or masking tape to remove loose threads. If a roller has ragged edges, trim them down with scissors—this will also help to keep the paint flowing smoothly across the wall.

Keep in mind that the paintbrushes aren't the only factor. If you are using good-quality brushes and still seeing hairs, it may because of the specific hue. Reds and certain dark colors tend to show microfibers and imperfections more easily than neutral or lighter tones.

Get Rid of Pet Hair

So you've cleaned your walls and gotten the right tools, but your walls still have hair? If you have pets, they may be to blame. Cats and dogs are constantly shedding, and if your pet likes to sleep against certain walls, these areas can be dark from dirt and hair.

Besides buckling down on cleaning, there are some things you can do to keep pet fur from ruining your fresh paint job:

  • Drop your dog or cat off at friend or family member's house on the day that you paint.
  • Get them groomed right before painting so that they are all brushed out.
  • Start your painting project in the summer. During the colder months pets get their winter coat, and in the spring and fall some shed their undercoat.
  • Look into air purifiers that not only hit pet dander, but tiny hair particles.

If you consider all of these tips, your walls should look quite beautiful when the painting is done; and, you'll be less likely to see little hairs all over them! For more information, contact companies like AAA Action Painting.