Preparing the walls and surfaces in a room before you paint can save you headaches down the road, and it’s easy enough to do, so what are you waiting for?
1. Wash the walls. Use a cleanser that doesn’t require rinsing and you’ll save yourself some time. Instead of climbing up on a ladder to clean the upper part of the wall, use a nice clean sponge mop to reach those high areas.
2. Once the walls are washed and dry, check them for stains. You may be able to remove small grease stains with a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol. For larger stains, seal them up with a stain sealing primer. You can clean crayon marks off of the walls with some baking soda on a damp cloth.
3. Remove switch plates and outlet covers. To make the job easier, have some tape and a pen on hand. As you take one down, tape the screws to the back, and on another piece of tape, mark the location that you took the cover from.
4. Smear a coat of petroleum jelly over door handles and hinges to help protect them from splatters.