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4 Easy Tips for Maintaining Your Epoxy Floor Coating

Epoxy floors offer a polished, durable foundation for both commercial buildings and private dwellings. While epoxy is tough, it isn’t indestructible. To keep your floors looking and functioning their best, here are four easy tips for maintaining your epoxy floor coating.

  1. Sweep Often

Dust, scratches, and buildup are enemies of epoxy floors. Fortunately, you can easily combat these if you sweep your floors daily. Professional epoxy coaters generally recommend giving an epoxy floor a good sweep every day to keep dirt under control. If your epoxy floor is in a high-traffic area or industrial site, you may need to sweep more often to prevent damage to your building’s flooring.

  1. Jump on Stains

Concrete is porous, so it stains easily. Epoxy coating seals pores, making concrete resistant to staining. Still, it does not make your floors impervious to damage. If you spill anything on your epoxy floor coating, be sure you clean the stain immediately. Then, check to see if the substance has damaged the coating. If it has, work with a professional coater to reseal the tarnished area.

  1. Mop Regularly

It isn’t difficult to clean epoxy-coated floors. With a mild water and ammonia solution, you can likely remove everyday grime from your flooring. Before you mop epoxy floors, however, be sure you test a small area to see how it will react to the cleaning agent you choose to use.

  1. Use Protective Items

Finally, to keep your epoxy floor in great shape, be careful about any items you place on it. If you have heavy machinery or furniture, you may choose to use a protective mat. Likewise, if your flooring is susceptible to high heat, flames, or chemicals, be sure you place a protective layer between the source and the floor.

By following these four simple tips, you should be able to keep your epoxy floors looking great and functioning optimally. Precision Painting and Decorating has the expertise to install and service epoxy-coated floors. Contact us today to learn more about this attractive, versatile, and durable flooring option.

6 Amazingly Remarkable Facts About Paint

 

At some point in your life, you probably encountered paint. You may have brushed up against a wet wall, helped a roommate paint their room, or watched a television show that had a professional painter. But no matter how familiar you are with the topic, here are some amazingly remarkable facts about paint you probably don’t know.

  1. The very first interior wall paint was applied nearly 40,000 years ago by cave dwellers in prehistoric France. They spray-painted some of their works of art by blowing paint out of hollow bird bones. They even used their hands as stencils.
  2. The White House is painted every year to keep it looking white, protect the porous stones used in its construction, and prevent discoloration from environmental pollutants. It was originally painted with a lime-based whitewash, but 570 gallons of paint are now used.
  3. Paint was created in the middle ages out of egg yolks and ground semi-precious stones. This special paint was then used to illustrate manuscripts. The monks called it “illuminating” the documents.
  4. Paint colors have a notable effect on the human body because they are said to vibrate at the same frequency. For example, red can cause the heart to beat faster and blue can slow the heart down.
  5. Paint blends better when it is wet. Therefore it is better to paint a wall as you move in one direction rather than rolling the edges first. Once paint dries, the paint applied to the edges to blend them will simply become a second coat rather than blending. This can cause dark spots.
  6. In ancient Rome, it took around 4 million mollusk shells to create one pound of crushed purple pigment. Because of the expense, the color was quickly associated with royalty.

When your home, office, or apartment building needs repainting, call an expert that understands paint’s little secrets. Precision Painting & Decorating knows how to apply paint that can last for years.

 

How to Make the Perfect First Impression with Paint

When someone walks into one of your rooms, you might want them to notice the walls right away with a strong pop of color or for the walls to unobtrusively fade into the background. Either way, the last thing you want is for visitors to notice your walls for all of the wrong reasons. The quality of your walls’ paint job influences your visitors’ first impression, so use these tips to make sure that your walls send the right message.

Good Preparation is Important

As with any job, good preparation is vital to making sure your finished walls make the best impression possible. Preparing to paint your walls includes the following:

  • Purchasing durable high-quality paint and painting tools
  • Purchasing enough paint for several coats
  • Properly preparing the wall surface to be painted

By fully preparing for the job, you can help ensure that the paint job will last, without adhesion problems like bubbling or blistering or an uneven finished product.

Pick the Right Paint

Not all paints are alike. Picking a high-quality paint that is designed for the wrong surface will result in a poor paint job, even if you pay top-dollar for the paint. Likewise, a satin sheen works well in many situations, but may not be the best pick for a workroom that may require regular scrubbing. On the other hand, a super durable matte paint can make a front office look drab. When choosing paint, it is important to consider the substrate, or surface, as well as exposure requirements.

Use the Right Techniques

Using the best method for your paint job will help ensure the finished product matches your requirements. Different outcomes, surfaces, and types of paint can require various techniques, so it is important to know which painting process to use. For example, the process for a textured ceiling can vary depending on the type of paint used.

When you want a professional, high-quality paint job for your commercial or residential property, contact PPD 630-445-0340 x3.

What Time of Year is Best to Epoxy your Garage Floor?

Many homeowners want to use the summer months to epoxy their garage floors. This makes sense since we live in a climate that can be unforgiving in the latter part of the year. Keep in mind that the temperature of the concrete must be at least 55°F so the air temperature should be somewhere between 60° and 90°F for optimum drying. The concrete must also be dry so a sunny weekend without high levels of humidity is probably best.BENEFITS OF A GARAGE FLOOR EPOXY COATING 

Makes Surfaces Smooth and Easy to Clean
Dirt and dust can easily be wiped clean if you have your concrete floor coated with epoxy. For this reason, epoxy floor coatings are perfect for facilities such as food and beverage plants, pharmaceutical plants and packaging plants. An epoxy floor coating makes a concrete surface hard and durable, which makes it a wise investment for just about any business.

Creates a Beautiful Floor Surface
Another huge advantage with epoxy flooring is that you end up with a surface that has an attractive high-gloss shine. Epoxy coatings can be found in different colors and styles. Therefore, you can be certain that there is a color available to suit your taste.

Makes Floors Chemical Resistant
One of the reasons that many of those who own factories, warehouses and industrial plants get their floors covered with epoxy floor coating is that it makes their concrete floor chemical resistant. If you run a business where chemicals are involved, investing in epoxy floor coating is really a wise decision.

Helps to Improve Safety
Safety must be a top priority with any home or business. As a home or business owner, you have to ensure that you create an atmosphere that is safe for your family and visitors.

So, how exactly does epoxy floor coating improve safety? Epoxy coatings are formulated to resist impact, slip, heat or fire.

Epoxy coatings can promise you a more robust floor that may last for many years. Additionally, it offers flooring surfaces that are chemically resistant and ideal for garages, basements, and warehouses.

 

Commercial Building Paint Schemes

The first impression a client has of your business may be the colors you paint your building. You want the colors to convey professionalism and competence. For both the exterior and interior of a commercial building, there are basic guidelines to follow.

Stay Neutral

This isn’t just good advice for Switzerland; it’s good for your paint scheme as well. Neutrals are calming and inoffensive to just about everybody. They also provide a great backdrop for your logo. Your brand name can really pop against a neutral background.

For the exterior of your building, neutrals are more likely to blend with the neighborhood. This might be important if you are in a historic district. If you feel a need to add a bit of pizzazz and personality, choosing a vibrant trim color can provide a spark without overwhelming your clients or the neighborhood association.

Avoid Freudian Slips

There is a psychology to color. Colors can influence the way people think and feel. For example, most people consider blue to be calming and serene while red is exciting or romantic. What do you want your customers to feel when they see your building? If your company is a hip new internet startup, you might paint the building with some accent colors that scream youthful energy, such as orange. However, if your business is a respected law firm of 100 years, some hunter green trim may be just what you need to convey longevity and reliability.

Let True Colors Shine Through

Many people use paint swatches incorrectly. Holding up swatches in the paint store and comparing them to each other does not reveal the true hue of the paint. Here are tips to see color clearly:

  • Look at the swatches in the room that is to be painted.
  • Hold the swatch vertically to the wall you want to paint.
  • Hold the swatch against a white background.

At Precision Painting and Decorating, we are ready to help you achieve the perfect professional look. Give us a call today- 630-445-0340.

Grasscloth Wallpaper…huh?

Grasscloth Wallpaper is the latest decorating trends! Environment friendly and ORGANIC! This wallpaper is made from renewable grasses and plant fibers. Retailers offer a variety of colors and strands, some funky, some not so funky. Is this really the perfect organic backdrop for any type of decorating?

If that is what’s going threw your mind then you’re right there with the wife! A lot of things from the 80’s are coming back, one of them being Grasscloth Wallpaper. This decorating element can really define a space and give it a casual, vintage or formal look. I decided to go more formal and put it in my living room. Thoughts?

Here are some pictures that inspired my idea …

contemporary-bathroom grasscloth2I plan to do this myself and hoping to start fairly soon … I will keep you updated on the process/progress!

Perfect D.I.Y Outdoor Storage Idea!

Alright, I’ll admit it. Every now and then I sneak into my wife’s Pinterest account and look at the crazy stuff she pins….but don’t tell her. I’d like to keep my Man Card..

Most of the pins are How – To’s in the Beauty School Drop Out board or the Make Me Skinny board. For real? But every now and then she posts some pretty cool idea. Check out this one I just found…

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Now why she pinned this, I have no idea since we have a regular brick paved patio. But this is still a great idea and if we had a walk out basement I just might try this idea myself! The reality is, the average home has a two car garage and we don’t exactly have room to build a big ole’ shed in the backyard anymore. The yard has officially become the kid’s territory with ginormous swing sets and the new “storage” place for all their junk … I mean toys, and the garage is taken over by the bikes, scooters, lemonade stands and the like.

This would be great to store the outdoor toys, patio cushions/furniture or the lawn mower and other equipment that won’t get used in the winter. You won’t be kicking and screaming when YOU have to spend extra time moving the toys out of the way! And the best part of all, the wife can now pull her car in the garage in winter and won’t complain about the snow in her boots or ask YOU to get up earlier to do it for her!

Think about it guys! This is a perfect, decently cheap way to keep everyone happy (and get a few extra Zzzz’s in the a.m.!)!

Precison Painting & Decorating’s very 1st blog!

So I thought that it was time to start a blog. Everyone else is doing it, right? So here it is. Welcome!

I won’t type a list of what this blog will contain … because it will contain everything!

If you have any questions or comments, please feel to ask at any time, even if it is off topic. I would be happy to help!

I look forward to providing with useful tips/tricks, current trends and some great photo’s of work we have or are currently doing!

Stay Tuned!

 

 

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