There’s nothing like having children. Their laughter and spirit seem to brighten any room that they’re in.
Of course, their sticky fingers and crayons tend to do anything but make a room beautiful. Parents of young children shouldn’t fret, though.
There’s no reason every house can’t have child-friendly interior painting and look as spectacular as it would in a childfree environment.
4 Easy Steps to Beautiful Walls
There are four easy steps to keeping your walls as beautiful as the day they were painted, no matter what age the household residents are.
In fact, these steps will ensure that your walls stay as neat as your newlywed friends’ walls in their brand-new condo!
Step 1 – Opt for Low-VOC Paint
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemicals that become airborne around your space for up to three days after painting. Low-VOC paint is not only a more durable paint than cheaper options, but it also allows easier clean-up.
Low-VOC paint is also the healthier option if you have little ones or pets in the house. According to the EPA, VOCs can cause headaches, liver damage, and eye, nose, and throat irritation. Especially for interior paint, you’ll want to avoid these chemicals as much as possible.
Benjamin Moore’s Aura line is one of the best choices available for child-friendly interior painting and scrubbing down after the little ones. You can clean the walls as often as needed with the right quality paint without worrying about compromising the color.
Step 2 – Choose Durable, Washable Paint
In addition to opting for low-VOC paint, you’ll also want to choose a paint sheen that is both durable and washable for your children’s rooms, playrooms, and high-traffic areas of the home—satin or eggshell sheen works best for the walls, and semi-gloss for trims and doors.
These types of sheens can handle much more wear and tear than flat paints, which means fewer paint touch-ups, a longer-lasting paint job, and an easier time cleaning when the crayons inevitably hit the wall.
Step 3 – Make Use of Baby Gates
Dedicate one room – perhaps the formal dining or living room – as a grown-up space and put up a baby gate to keep the youngsters out.
While certainly, your walls are safe with the right type of paint no matter what happens; you might as well save yourself the trouble of cleaning a room or two anyway.
Step 4 – Use the Right Cleaning Supplies
Even with the above child-friendly interior painting tips, walls won’t stay immaculate forever. Oils from your hands or cooking will eventually get on your fresh, clean paint job, as will dust. But having the right cleaning supplies for the right situation will keep your walls perfect for much longer.
In your wall-cleaning arsenal, keep a Magic Eraser, distilled vinegar, ammonia, bleach, and even rubbing alcohol.
✔ Clean crayon art or black marks with a magic eraser
✔ Remove grease and oil with your favorite dish soap
✔ Easily clean off mildew with a vinegar-water solution
✔ Eliminate permanent marker with rubbing alcohol
✔ Remove water stains with a bleach-water solution
Invest In Child-Friendly Interior Painting with Kimberly Painting
Investing in child-friendly interior painting not only preserves the beauty of your walls but also ensures a safe and vibrant space for your little ones.
With the right approach, it’s possible to maintain a clean, beautiful home filled with laughter and artistic expression.
Remember, choosing low-VOC paint with durable finishes, setting boundaries with baby gates, and using the correct cleaning supplies will keep your walls looking their best for years to come. Embrace these strategies to create a home where joy and tidiness coexist effortlessly.
And, of course, if it’s time to repaint, Kimberly Painting is your go-to source for a beautiful, durable paint job. Let your project manager know about your family’s lifestyle and we’ll be sure to create a solution that works best for you.