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Safely Cleaning the Walls in Your Bay Area Home Without Damaging the Paint !

Safely Cleaning the Walls in Your Bay Area Home Without Damaging the Paint

Having professionally-applied, beautiful interior paint is a direct investment in the value and style of your home. Because of that, it stands to reason that you’ll want to care for and preserve it as effectively as possible.

A lot of homeowners don’t realize just how much value there is in routinely cleaning your interior paint. It protects the surface from damage, and, as an added bonus, it helps to keep that “just painted” gleam. If your paint is a little older, you might also be surprised by the restorative power that cleaning offers.

What exactly are you protecting the finish from?

  • Dirt
  • Dust
  • Grime and airborne residue from cooking
  • Streaking in high-moisture areas (especially bathrooms)
  • Hand smudges
  • Stains
  • … and more

This leads us to an all-important, logical next question.

How Do You Clean Interior Paint Without Damaging the Surface?

The major risk is streaking or removing the finish… Sends shudders down your spine, doesn’t it?

This can primarily be avoided by never using an overly-harsh cleaner. While a stubborn stain on the kitchen floor might call for a powerful chemical and elbow grease, those both create a lethal combination for paint. Anything with bleach in it especially is just too strong.

You can start by vacuuming with a soft-bristled attachment to remove any dust or cobwebs from the corners and walls throughout the room (it happens to the best of us!). After a careful dusting, you can focus on scuffs or smudges with the following tools:

  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser - These work beautifully for removing smudges and handprints in a gentle, non-abrasive way.
  • Fill a pail with a warm solution of water and mild dish detergent. Using a soft sponge, this combination can work wonders for your walls. Just remember, start slowly and wash gently.

Remember to Choose a Washable Paint for Higher-Traffic Areas

Sheen directly impacts how washable and durable your interior paint is. In spaces like the kitchen, bathroom, or other busy, high-traffic areas, investing in a higher-gloss paint will increase its strength and resistance to damage. Your professional painting company will certainly be able to help you navigate these options and select the most beautiful, and practical, products for your home.

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“Many thanks to Rigoberto and Damon and the extraordinary team who transformed my castle in the skies.They are magicians. I appreciate their work very much.”

— Kathleen A
San Francisco

“The completed 'Client Satisfaction Survey' we sent in only modestly reflects our total satisfaction with the work. As a retired small business owner, I compliment you on setting 'best practices' that are consistently followed. Everything described in your marketing materials was a reality! The crew is a super bowl team and our neighbors commented on how quiet they were. We are very happy to be a client of MB Jessee.”

— Richard

“In all the years I've worked with MB Jessee, I'm always so impressed by your crews. They are so respectful of everything--you never even know they're there! Except that the paint looks amazing when they're gone. We've had one showing of our home and already have an offer. I'm sure it is because the paint looks so beautiful.”

— Erin T.
Pleasant Hill

“Very easy to work with, they did an outstanding job with our project of re-painting our painting our kitchen cabinets. Given the scope of the job and that our kitchen is roughly half of our upstairs living area they did a fantastic job of minimizing the mess. Workmanship was top notch, would definitely recommend.”

— Vince Scola

“I highly recommend MB Jesse Painting to anyone looking for a professional team that does an impressive job. They are on time, efficient and clean up well each and every day they are on site. They pay attention to detail and listen to the needs of their clients. In addition, they give back to the community. A Five Star team all the way around.”

— Erin Troy

“Richard and crew have been great, for sure. As much as I look forward to having the job done and my house back in order, I really enjoyed having them around. You should feel really good about how they represent your company.”

— Jessica Dodson

“The people at M.B. Jessee are great – from the painters to the office staff to Matt. Talk about leadership from the top.”

— Kevin Ames, Mark Becker Homes

“MB Jessee just finished our exterior and we couldn't be happier with our experience. The foreman (Pedro) and lead painter (Ricardo) were incredible to work with: they communicated scheduling clearly, Ricardo was a joy to be around every day, the showed up early every day, were incredibly tidy and did great paint work. The final walk through experience was incredible. Pedro pointed out items I missed demonstrating a clear desire to complete another quality project. I highly recommend them. As others have noted they definitely aren't the cheapest but you quickly realize that you're getting what you pay for. The 3 year guarantee is also a nice touch since there are likely touch up items that will show up after the job is done.”

— Joshua Jansen

“Matt, Julie & Ricardo, I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank the three of you for the wonderful job you did in hosting the SFBA NARI Chapter Meeting on Wednesday evening. Everything was perfect from beginning to end. Members and guests alike walked away with a truly positive experience. The "painter for a day" and the cookies in the paint cans were an absolute brilliant touch and received rave reviews. What a wonderful way to do such positive marketing. Thanks again for a truly memorable experience for our members and guests. You are valued as a NARI member.”

— Judy Tufo, SFBA NARI Executive Director

“Awesome work by highly experienced, professional painters. They were: Conscious about the amount of time it would take. Ours had a lot of pre-work and took 3 weeks. Accommodating when we added a few last-minute changes Understanding when a heatwave hit and we remove some of the plastic sheeting over windows, which they had to put back up the next day. Accessible, especially the on-site crew (Hi Jose & Victor!) -- always answering questions and checking in. The end result is a perfect paint job that makes our 94-year-old house look brand new. I would definitely hire MBJ again”

— Stacey R.
Oakland, CA

“Matt, We are very happy with how all of the painting worked out. We were extremely impressed with the quality of the work in the bathroom. I liked working with Victor, he and Marvin were extremely conscientious about doing a great job, not just the minimum. I know the front door took a lot longer than you'd expected. But they did it PERFECTLY. We never thought it could turn out like that! Thanks again for the great work. We'll be calling you again in the future!”

— Craig
Alameda, CA

“Just wanted to let you know that the crew was great to have around the house for the past two weeks. All three of them were professional, courteous, and attentive to my thoughts/concerns and were extremely knowledgeable. They paid great attention to the detail and it shows.”

— Mark & Roberta Gross