Close up image of a surface where the paint film was scrubbed with a  brush, sponge or cloth.

Poor Scrub Resistance - INTERIOR

Wearing away or removal of the paint film when scrubbed with a brush, sponge, or cloth.

Causes

  • Choosing the wrong sheen for the area.
  • Use of a lower quality paint.
  • Use of an overly aggressive scrub medium (see Burnishing).
  • Inadequate dry time allowed after application of the paint before washing it.
  • Application of the paint in too thin a cost.

Solutions

  • Areas that need frequent cleaning require a high-quality paint formulated to provide such performance.
  • High traffic areas may require a higher sheen paint (e.g. eggshell, satin or semi-gloss) rather than a flat paint to provide good scrub resistance.
  • Allow adequate dry time, as scrub resistance will not fully develop until the paint is thoroughly cured. Typically, this will two to four weeks.
  • Always clean the painted surface with the least aggressive method first - least abrasive material and mildest detergent. Avoid harsh cleaning agents that contain chemicals/solvents that can permanently damage the paint film.

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