Why do my walls scuff?

Dreaded Wall Scuffs

Few things transform the interior of a home like a fresh coat of paint.  Everything looks clean and fresh, crisp and uniform.  Unfortunately, scuff marks can appear and accumulate at a surprising rate, especially in high-traffic rooms.

There are two ways that you can leave a hideous wall scuff. When brushing up against a wall with shoes or a piece of carried furniture, the item leaves a residue behind. Paint sheens vary in their ability to withstand cleaning; high quality paint, glossier paints and oil-based paints have a higher scrub resistance, meaning that residue left by a scuff can usually be cleaned off.

The second kind of scuff mark is not a result of color transfer from the moving object; rather, it is damage to the actual paint film.  Even if paint is not actually scraped away or scratched off, the color can be harmed by abrasion, especially on low-sheen finishes such as flat and matte.  The problem is that low-sheen finishes contain microscopic hairs which stand on end and absorb light so that the surface does not reflect.  When an object bumps or abrades the wall with enough force, these tiny hairs are broken or flattened.  When this occurs, more light is reflected from the affected areas, causing a visibly discolored spot or a scuff-mark.  This is very common with builders grade, flat paint.

Repaint with a high quality product

If your walls are looking beat-up or have damaged spots, repainting with high quality paint is the best course of action. It will last longer and will withstand traffic, cleaning, and touch ups.  We stand behind Benjamin Moore and Sherwin William paints and can recommend the right finish/product line for your home. If you live in northern Virginia, suburban Maryland, or the DC Metropolitan area, Manor Works is a great choice for your repair and repainting needs.   Call us to schedule an estimate or to consult with us about painting for your DC area home, 703-339-6800. www.manorworks.com/

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