When it comes to redecorating your home, there are all sorts of challenges to consider. For starters, you will need to figure out how to protect your furniture and carpet while you prepare for the renovation.
Furniture like sofas, appliances and wardrobe generally can be moved to a safe place and covered with the dust sheets. However it’s not as easy or practical to lift carpet every time you want to change the wall colour.
The best option is to find a suitable form of cover to prevent the danger of splashes and stains when the work is being carried out. It’s actually easier than you might think too; all you need to do is make sure you have some masking tape and a pile of old newspapers.
Let’s look at how you can protect your carpet when redecorating!
The key to any redecorating project is preparation. After all, the last thing you need is your decorator arriving and realising you haven’t thought about how to protect the carpet.
Any kind of painting carries the risk of damaging floors but you will need to take extra care when it comes to the skirting boards. Masking tape is the best material to use to protect your carpet and although it might be fiddly, it’s far more preferable than paint stains.
Apply masking tape
When it’s time to start painting, begin by attaching the masking tape to pieces of an old newspaper. The tape must be overhanging to stick the paper firmly to the carpet. Then push it right up against the skirting board leaving no gap for the paint to fall between the paper and the wall.
Repeat this action until the entire perimeter of the room is fully protected by newspaper and masking tape. Afterwards, cover the remaining space with pieces of newspaper or lay down old dust sheets. We advise doing both to guarantee maximum protection.
Dealing with drips and stains on carpet
If in unfortunate circumstances the paint does make its way onto the carpet, there are a few methods you can try to remove it.
No matter what you do, don’t start panicking and scrubbing at the stain because this will make it much worse. Instead, take a damp towel and gently blot at the paint to remove as much as possible without rubbing it further into the fibres.
Once the paint hardens a little, take a butter knife and make an attempt to lever the paint off the carpet. Take turns between doing this adding a small amount of regular dish detergent to the area. Continue to dab and blot with a paper towel.
Shopping for a brand new carpet
Naturally there will come a time when you need a new carpet because they come to the end of their lifespan eventually. The good news is that we have a wide range of beautiful carpets at Frank’s for you to choose from.
We also offer a professional fitting service to ensure that your carpet is installed to perfection with no flaws.
So, pop down to your local Frank’s and we’ll be happy to help you find the perfect carpet for your home.