Steps to Take to Prepare Your Commercial Facility Before Interior Painting

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Painting the inside of your commercial facility is no small task, especially if you’re dealing with plenty of square footage. If you don’t plan well in advance of this project, you can burn through precious time and money. Conversely, proper preparation can save you time and money. Here are some crucial steps to take to prepare your commercial facility and everyone in it for interior painting.

Get the Timing Right

Timing is everything when it comes to commercial interior painting. After all, this sort of project inherently interferes with parts of your facility and its operations. In order to maximize efficiency, you’ll want to schedule interior painting services for a block of time that experiences low activity. Some facilities completely shut down overnight, during weekends, etc. – these off times offer the perfect opportunity for interior painting. If you can’t afford any downtime, however, you’ll have to get more creative. You can maintain your operational efficiency by breaking up the project in sections and/or opting to paint during the slowest periods.

Keep All Occupants Informed

If employees, guests, and/or customers will be around during the painting process, you’ll want them to know what’s going on and for how long it will last. Otherwise, you’re likely to encounter chaos and confusion throughout. Send a digital memo to all facility staff that includes the dates and details of the upcoming interior painting project so everyone knows where to go (and not to go) when the time comes. Additionally, post clear signage outside and within your facility at key intervals to keep all occupants informed of what’s taking place. “Wet paint” signs are especially important for keeping hands, shoes, and other objects from ruining fresh paint as it dries.

Clean and Clear Out Rooms

Interior commercial painting can only take place if the surfaces in question are accessible. While professional painters will handle some of the cleaning process, you can make their lives easier and speed up the entire project by getting ahead of the curve. Clearing out your facility’s various rooms will also give you the opportunity to organize certain items, secure valuables, and more. Some shuffling back and forth might be necessary as painters move from one room to the next, so be prepared for this as well.

Inspect and Prep Surfaces

After your facility’s interiors have been cleaned up a bit, you can get a better look at the condition of your floors, walls, ceilings, and other surfaces. You and your commercial painting contractors must take the time to inspect these surfaces prior to painting – if a surface is seriously damaged, it will likely need repairing before painting can take place. Ideally, you will have hired commercial painters with the resources and skills to handle these various repairs in addition to interior painting. Even after you’ve gotten your surface in decent shape, some additional prep work is often required, such as cleaning, sanding, and priming. Taking these steps will allow the paint to adhere better and endure longer.

Ensure Proper Ventilation

Though most modern paint products aren’t as toxic as they once were, interior painting can still result in strong odors and introduce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air for some time. As such, it’s always a good idea to maximize airflow before and during interior commercial painting. Not only should you inspect and optimize your ventilation system prior to painting – you should also open doors and windows (weather depending) and place fans in the room to reduce the potential negative impact of paint fumes.

The preparations listed here are only some of the steps we at Nash Painting take to guarantee the best possible results for our commercial clients in Nashville, Brentwood, and Franklin, TN. To learn more about us, our services, and our values, call us at 615-829-6858 today!