In today’s economy, a growing number of homeowners are finding that renovating their current home is a better financial decision than moving to a newer home with all the latest features, especially in the kitchen. From plumbing to electrical wiring, if your kitchen is not serving you well, it really is time for that much-needed kitchen renovation project. However, why add unnecessary expenses to replace or repair something just because you didn’t adequately prevent damage during the renovation? If you are about to renovate your kitchen, here are five surfaces you must protect during the renovation.
While it may be a simple task to clean paint spatters off the glass, it isn’t as easy to remove them from ledges and sills. Always use plastic covering attached with painter’s tape so that you can simply remove everything once nearby paint has dried.
If you are going to replace your appliances as part of your kitchen renovation, this shouldn’t be an issue. However, one word of caution would be not to bring the new appliances into the room before all work is completed. Too many homeowners have fallen into this trap because they wanted to see how those new stoves or refrigerators would look (or fit) in the room. If you must use them, make sure to cover them adequately to ensure they don’t get damaged.
Even ceramic tiles can be difficult to clean if you unwittingly spill or splatter paint on them. But linoleum tiles can be almost impossible to rid of paint, even if caught wet. You might want to check out surface protection from a company like Trimaco. This can be attached securely to the floor and easily removed when the job is done.
4. Sinks and Faucets
This is probably one of the areas of a kitchen most prone to damage during a remodeling or renovation project. The reason they are often left uncovered is because there is always a need for running water. This doesn’t mean that you can’t cover them with a heavy duty drop cloth while you are painting or working in the area. DIYers often fall into this trap that most professional tradesmen have long ago learned to circumvent. Paint is especially tricky to remove from porcelain sinks.
5. Furniture and Decorative Items
Finally, it is recommended that you move that table and chairs totally out of the room. If you have bar stools along the kitchen counter, remove them as well. In any event, cover anything which can’t be removed to ensure it is adequately protected. From that lovely teapot collection on the shelf above the sink to that oak dining table in the center of the room, if it can be moved out of the way, so don’t fail to do so. If not, cover it with a high quality dropcloth.
As the old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” So, it behooves you to protect whatever surfaces you can so that you don’t add work to a project that is already taking a great bit of time, effort and expense. Once everything is put back in place devoid of any damage, you’ll be so much happier for the forethought to add that element of protection. It’s time now to enjoy your ‘new’ kitchen!