Drywall is an affordable and durable material that can be customized to fit the interior walls of homes and commercial buildings. That is why drywall is one of the most used materials for interior walls in the United States. However, if you want to get the most out of your drywall, it needs to be maintained properly. We have put together these drywall maintenance tips to help you keep your walls looking great.

Keep Furniture Away from the Wall

Repeatedly bumping furniture into walls can cause damage to your walls. To prevent scuffing when sitting down, adjusting furniture, or moving chairs, consider leaving space between the furniture and the walls. When moving furniture, aim to avoid collisions with the walls altogether.

Use Door Stoppers

You want to keep doors from knocking into your drywall because they can dent or scratch the walls or leave holes. Getting doorstops can help prevent that damage and keep your drywall looking great.

Dust the Walls

It might sound silly to dust walls, but dust can build up over time and cause damage to your drywall. While the damage is small, it can add up and become a bigger issue for your walls than you would have thought. This is especially important if you have older walls since many modern paints and wallpapers are dust-resistant. Dusting the drywall will also allow you to look more closely at the walls to see if they are damaged. You can find any small cracks or holes you may have overlooked.

Wash the Walls

After you dust your walls, wash them if your wallpaper or paint can handle it. Keep in mind that drywall is not naturally resistant to water. Use only enough water and avoid saturating the walls. 

Try using a cellulose sponge that is soaked in water and well wrung out, having a minimal amount of water on it. This should give you enough water to clean the walls without damaging them. It’s not recommended to use a Magic Eraser on your walls, as the abrasiveness and ingredient formaldehyde are both known to damage walls.

If your drywall is not painted or finished, do not wash it because it will be more vulnerable to water than a painted wall.

Paint the Walls

Painting your walls is a good way to help care for them. You cover any stains that you cannot wash off, and a fresh coat of paint can make a room feel cleaner. It also gives your drywall an additional layer of protection.

Fill in Small Holes as Needed

The nails, tacks, and screws that you put in the wall to hang things can add up over time. You remove a picture and its nail, and the tiny hole the nail leaves behind is not noticeable unless you are looking closely. However, those little holes can add up. These are easy to fill in and make your wall look as good as new. If you are painting, you will want to fill in these little holes beforehand, but it can be a lot more work if you have to fill them in all at once. Plus, filling these unused holes will help protect the wall overall and keep dust out of your drywall.

Odor Control

Walls can absorb odors, like those from cooking, pets, smoke, and more over time. By washing your walls frequently and repainting as needed, you can control the odors. There are also some paints that are made to help prevent odors from being absorbed into the walls.

Popped Nails Repair

The joists and wall studs in drywall installation can pop out over time, and the panels may feel loose or disjointed. If you feel that, instead of trying to repair it yourself, reach out to drywall professionals to have it repaired right.

Get Water Damage Repaired Right Away

There is always a chance that a pipe bursts and your walls get damaged. Sometimes, the damage is not discovered immediately, and it can significantly damage your walls, causing mold and bacteria to grow. If you discover water damage after you have a plumber make repairs to your pipes, it is crucial that you have your drywall repaired as quickly as possible.

Get Drywall Repaired Right

If your drywall has damage or big holes, while you can try to DIY the repairs, it is better to have a professional make them. Trying to repair your company’s drywall by yourself can potentially cause more damage or issues later on down the road.

The experts at Magnum Drywall can make your drywall repairs the right way. Drywall requires special tools to install and repair, and our team can ensure that your investment in your commercial walls pays off. Contact Magnum Drywall today to get started on your drywall project!