Walls may seem like something one doesn’t really think about that often, and when you walk into your home it’s highly unlikely that the first thing you think about is that one little wine stain from last Thanksgiving that just doesn’t seem to want to get cleaned. The truth is, the walls in your house are something which you should at least consider now and then, after all, they’re pretty important!
Wall or no wall? That is the question:
Whether you live in a classic home or you’ve gone modern to the max, it’s important to know some things about the walls in your house, especially if you’re considering an upgrade!
Walls contain certain pillars and supports which serve as the central stay points for the home. Some are simply there to hold the sides of the room together, but others are much more important, and serve as strong points to do things like keep the roof from collapsing in, as this is a very heavy item to hold!
If you’re simply doing a cleanup of your house and don’t plan on changing anything too much, then you should have no need of worrying where these pillars are. (Unless the property is old, in which case it’s a good idea to check them out anyway). If you’re considering going open plan with a home or apartment, and even in a loft, you need to know where these points are, so you leave them intact. We’d suggest getting a professional in to help you pinpoint these locations so you don’t make the mistake of knocking down an important support beam.
Decoration and practical purpose of walls
If you’re considering doing some painting and hanging some frames to add a little more color and flair to your personal space, then there are some things to think about.
Firstly, make sure you know what type of wall you have, this can depend on the house, older styled home walls won't be the same as those in modern houses. Each walling substance requires different types of nails or wall mounting screws which are tailored to that kind of wall. Drywall screws are something you’re probably not going to use too often unless you’re working in a business space for instance.
If you aren’t sure what type of wall you have, talk to a professional designer to see what the best options are for hanging frames or mirrors.
The same thing can be said for extra cupboard spaces or shelves. It doesn't matter which room you’re working in, using the right kind of nail or screw for the job can mean the difference between a lovely working practical piece or a hole in the wall you didn’t want there.
Lastly, color is important. This ultimately comes down to what you specifically want to achieve with your home space. If you feel like going funky, do it, but make sure that your chosen colors look appropriate and don’t detract from the space.
Taking good care of your walls
Walls are thankfully pretty simple things to clean and take care of. All you really need is a damp cloth and some mild soap to clean most things. Don’t let that fool you into believing that it's all easy going though. Certain paints and wall types can show up stains or marks more easily than others, and obviously, lighter colours will require a little more maintenance to keep them really looking good.
If you have skirting boards, remember to dust these off regularly, as they can act as dust traps in many cases, which might flair allergies up in season changes. If these are made of wood, remember to check them for any water damage and repair or replace them if needed. There are professionals who can help with this too!
Wall Repair 101
Wall repair is something no one really likes to do, but when keeping your home in good condition, checking your walls forms part of the job.
Water damage is usually caused by leaking roofs, so the first port of call would be to check the roof for leaks and make sure that these are repaired before doing any repairs. Once this has been done, use a paint scraper or paint removing tool like a heat gun to remove the bad paint. Put some newspaper down and repaint the wall. It’s as easy as that. Make sure that you have the right color though, this you can match by taking a sample to your local paint retailer who will match it for you.
Mold is something which can also be caused by water damage over time, and affects hundreds of American homes yearly, especially those with large basements, because the lower you are the wetter the outer side becomes. To get rid of mould you will have to apply chlorine, bleach and water to the area first, killing the fungus. Once you have done this make sure you’ve identified the water source creating the problem, and once that is dealt with, paint the wall with a mould proof paint to prevent resurgences.
Cracks are something you should be aware of and look for regularly. Cracks can come from a variety of sources, and it’s not always easy to find out what the cause was/is. The way to fix a wall crack is dependent on the type of wall you have at home, concrete, plaster and drywall all have different repair methods, but they all require a similar process. For concrete, you’ll have to fill the hole with an epoxy and let that set, sane it clean and repaint the wall. If plaster walls have cracked, you can use a plaster based sealant to seal the crack shut, and then sand down and paint the area after a few hours. Dry walls require you to cut a v shaped wedge along the length of the crack, then use a piece of joint tape to join over the crack, and apply plaster to the area. Once dry, sand and paint.
Holes from old paintings or wall hangings are the simplest fix. Simply take a small amount of wet poly-filler, sponge the hole down to wet it, and then use a putty knife to plaster the hole with the filler. Sand and paint after 3 hours to allow the poly to fully dry.
In all of these cases, no matter what the job entails, remember to find an exact paint match for the color of your wall!
Hopefully this short guide has given you some new insight into the ways to keep your walls, and in so doing, your home, in good shape and looking great. If you aren’t sure of something with your wall, and need advice, contact a professional to help you out!