It takes a special type of person to heed the clarion call of the DIY craze. You have to be someone who likes working with your own two hands. You have to be creative and able to come up with new ideas and put them into practice. And, of course, you have to be a problem solver, because no project is ever free of problems (as much as we might wish otherwise). Even the most skilled DIY experts know that there are bound to be any number of potential setbacks in the course of any home improvement project.
Such is the case with respect to painting your home. You probably don’t enter into a massive paint job wondering how you’re going to protect your grout or remove paint splatters from it. Even so, all it takes is one such splatter to leave an unsightly blemish on your otherwise masterful work.
Thankfully, there are a variety of tips and tricks you can use to avoid or address this problem directly.
Cover Your Grouting
It probably goes without saying, but one way to avoid this issue is, of course, to cover your grouting as much as possible. Of course, because grouting is filled into the spaces between tiles or other wall or flooring options, chances are you can’t cover ever last bit of grouting if you’re painting the areas in question. Still, it’s always a good idea to cover areas adjacent to your painted area which you are not currently painting, grouting included.
Wipe Up Excess Paint
Another common way to address this issue is to simply wipe away any excess paint in a timely fashion. As soon as you see excess paint spill outside of the area you intend to paint, don’t wait – wipe it up immediately, before it has time to begin to set.
Warm Water Is Your Friend
If you have ever tried cleaning up a stain with cold water, you know the effectiveness of such an approach is limited, to say the least. Instead, you’re going to want to make sure you have a supply of nice warm water on hand for cleanup. You’ll also want to be sure that you have some sponges on hand, or a rag that’s both clean enough to use while being dispensable enough that you won’t care if it gets dirty. In addition, you’re naturally going to want to employ soap. Be sure that whatever soap you choose to use is OK to use with the paint you’re using.
Paint Stripping and Scraping
Let’s say that you tried to do all of that, but accidentally overlooked some paint stains on your grouting. In that eventuality, you’re going to want to take the added step of investing in paint stripping materials or a paint scraper. When using either, you again want to show caution. You want to clear paint away from your grout, but you don’t want to inadvertently damage your paint job in doing so.
Clear away excess paint from your grouting with ease with the help of these simple tips.