Protecting Your Furniture During House Paint
If you are hiring a painting contractor for an interior painting project, there is one very important question you should ask: how are you going to protect my furniture? Courteous painting contractors will actually move the furniture to another area of the house when painting.
That is what we do as much as possible here at Century Painting. But some furniture is too large, heavy or cumbersome to move. And even the most careful painting contractors may let some paint slip onto unintended surfaces from time to time.
So when you are getting estimates for your painting project, don’t forget to ask about how they will protect your furniture. A professional painting contractor will do one or all of the following:
- Move the Furniture – You don’t always have to move furniture out of the room that is going to be painted. If the room is large enough, your contractor may gather all the movable furniture in the center of the room, far away from the walls.
- Use Plastic Sheets – Your contractor may simply cover your furniture with plastic sheets. Thin, malleable plastic is placed over your furniture and should be taped down to the floor with painting or duct tape so it doesn’t fly off with a drafty breeze.
- Drop Cloths – Professional-grade drop cloths should also be used whenever possible. They can be used to cover your furniture and your floors during painting.
If you have a lot of furniture but no room to move it during painting, you may want to consider renting a temporary storage space. You can rent storage pods that you can keep in your front or backyard if you want to keep your furniture on-site. Or, you can rent a large locker from a local storage facility.
This may seem like an expensive option but most interior painting jobs don’t last for more than a few days. Keeping your furniture out of the way entirely is the best way to keep it safe too.
Protect the Floor and Appliances
Whether you are painting a room yourself or hiring a professional, you should keep your floors safe as well. Covering your floors with plastic sheets, tarp or drop cloths and taping them flush to a wall or other surface is the best way to protect the floors during painting.
But paint isn’t the only thing that may be flying around during a project. If your walls need to be repaired before painting, there is probably going to be a lot of dust flying around as well. That’s why it’s also important to cover your TV’s, kitchen appliances and other sensitive electronics with plastic. Doing so will protect them from dust and other particulate matter.
If you do intend to hire someone for your interior painting project, the best way to protect your furniture and belongings from paint stains is to hire a professional with lots of experience and plenty of references. They will know exactly how to safeguard various surfaces in your home based on the layout and nature of the project.