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Maintenance and Care of your Venetian Plaster

Common Mistakes in cleaning your Venetian Plaster

Venetian Plaster is made from natural elements from the earth, so you need to take it easy when cleaning the surface of it. It is not indestructible, and can be damaged easy.

Does not use rubbing alcohol, cleansers such as Comet or Ajax, bathroom cleaners like the ones that eat away mold. Acetone or Lacquer Thinner, or whatever you have in the paint cabinet in your garage.

How to clean Venetian Plaster the proper way

Always start with warm water, and a very small amount of dawn dishwashing soap, or a surfactant like Tide, that will pull the dirt or debris from the pours of the plaster. Do not use bleach, or Tide with bleach, which will bleach the color from the wall.

Use a soft applicator so you don't scratch the surface of the plaster. Applicators like the hand glove for car washing are fine, or a real natural sea sponge will suffice.

if warm water doesn't cut it, call us to get a recommendation first, before going to the next level. Certain petroleum product may work fine, to remove a stain that may be petroleum based, or to remove stains based on oils such as chocolate or coffee.

The compound called toluene, used in most waxes, keeps the wax soft, and also acts as a excellent grease and grime remover. A simple application of wax may remove that stubborn stain as well.

Best Practice is to protect your Venetian Plaster with our special waxes

Best practice is to protect the walls with our special wax first, to create a seal or barrier on the plaster, to help it resist exposure to pollutants from the outside, or the creative child with crayons in their hand.

We recommend waxing your walls every couple of years, to maintain the level of protection needed to resist staining, or simple accidents that may occur.

Our special wax is a blend of bee's wax mixed with carnauba wax, which comes from palm trees, toluene and other additives that keep the wax soft. We also have a toluene free blend of wax, which smells more like dry cleaning agent.

 

Indoor Applications

Venetian Plaster is made of natural materials from the earth, and requires basic techniques for cleaning.

The plaster is highly susceptible to absorbing liquids and solids that may be applied to them, so care must be taken to flush these back out of the plaster.

The most common cleanup technique is the use of warm water with a tiny amount of mild detergent mixed in with it, such as a surfactant like Tide, which will lift stains back out of the plaster, so the contaminant can be wiped away.

Outdoor Applications

Best practice is washing the outside of your house with tap water once or twice a year, to remove dirt, salt and debris from the surface.

You can also add a very small amount of detergent to the tap water, and rinse several times. Do not add too much detergent, because it may kill your plants.

An additional amount of pressure will aid in clearing away debris that has adhered to the surface of your walls.

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