One of the biggest parts of interior house painting is the preparation. If these steps aren't followed properly, mishaps will occur. Professional painters learn early that the key to a successful paint job is the interior preparation. Properly preparing a room for painting allows for easy clean up and a more professional look in the end. Follow these steps for the best results.
First, empty the room out as much as possible. Take out large furniture and make sure nothing can obstruct the preparation and painting process.
Second, clear the walls and ceiling of decorations such as paintings and posters. Also remove nails, tacks, tape and other kinds of hangers. Patch the holes if they are not needed later with light weight spackle.
Step three is to make sure that every inch of the floor and what ever you do not wish to paint is completely covered. This will help with avoiding getting paint in places you don't want it. Paint can be sneaky and get to places you could not imagine. Make sure everything is securely covered to avoid messes later. Cover floors with drop clothes and furniture with plastic.
Step four is making sure all the walls are clean before painting. If walls are excessively dirty, paint will not stick as well and it can cause the paint to look messy. Try using a mild house hold cleaner for moderate cleaning or trisodium phosphate for heavy grease deposits. When cleaning entire walls is necessary use a sponge mop to make the work easier and faster. Rinse well with fresh water and allow to dry.