Whether you have beautiful stucco walls in your kitchen or in your bedroom, you can enjoy the unique aesthetic with minimal maintenance. Most interior stucco house problems require occasional cleaning or patching. Follow our professional tips to keep your stucco walls in top condition.
The Brief History of Stucco
Old World stucco has been around for centuries. In the distant past, builders used animal horns, marble, or gypsum. The ancient Greeks and Romans used stucco to paint gorgeous frescos. Today builders use modern materials like Portland cement or sand. A stucco wall will last up to eighty years with proper maintenance. Exterior stucco house problems often stem from the weather and sun beating down on your home year after year. However, interior stucco walls do not require much in terms of care.
Stucco can accumulate dirt and grime over time. Fortunately, all you need is a slightly dampened nylon brush and clean cotton rag to wipe away any grime. Use trisodium phosphate (or TSP) when cleaning stucco. TSP has high toxicity. Use TSP in a well-ventilated area. After wiping away dirt, give the stucco a few hours to dry.
Cracks and Repair
Stucco develops cracks over time. Rapid Set Stucco Patch and similar products can help fix minor cracks and patches on the interior walls. The do-it-yourself job takes very little time. Always start by cleaning out the cracked area. You may need to dampen the stucco surface during dry season. Use a putty knife to apply the mixed Rapid Set Stucco Patch. You may need to stipple the surface to match the texture of the wall. Rapid Set Stucco Patch usually dries within ninety minutes.
The ancient Romans and Greeks loved painting stucco surfaces. You can easily paint your stucco walls today. Textured surfaces require different care than other types of surfaces. If you plan on painting new stucco, wait until the material has dried out entirely before applying any paint. Use very thick paint to help the color truly stick to the walls. Allow the walls to dry thoroughly before reapplying. You will need more paint than expected. Have extra paint handy for touchups.
Blistering and Bubbling
Your stucco wall may blister and bubble if moisture has come between the finish and the wall. Pressure may build and cause blistering. Sometimes the paint will lose overall adhesion to the surface and cause bubbling as well. This may require more intense repair. Correct installation by professionals will prevent this from happening.
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