Painting a Room - Tips & Tricks
Home Painting ideas

 

Paint is an incredible compound mixture of resin, pigment, solvents and additives. Not only can we get it in any colour, from neutral to fluorescent, we can also choose from textures and effects, such as chalk, glow in the dark and magnetic paints. So, it is hardly surprising that when you’re ready to get painting on a new project, you’re too excited to take the precautionary measures needed to ensure the finish is flawless.

These five tips & tricks are something to consider before starting painting:

1)      Choose a high quality floor protector so that it will be easily laid down and easily removed.  We’d recommend using CarpetShield to protect not only the carpet but also up to the edges of the wall. Carpetshield is easily unravelled (reverse wound) so you only need to kick it across the floor, but make sure you have gone right up to the skirting board. It uses a low-tack residue, so it won’t make a mess when you remove it.

2)      Second, clean the wall with a cloth and soapy water. This will remove any dirt from ruining a smooth finish on the wall.

3)      Once the floor is prepared and you have a clean surface to paint on, apply a masking tape to areas such as skirting boards to make sure no paint splashes onto it. This one is a perfect ultra-low tack masking tape for high-gloss surfaces.

4)      Next, you should be ready to start painting. Use a Paint Shield or DIY your own out of card to stop any of the flecks of paint from ruining your finish.

5)      Take a picture & upload your finished project onto our Facebook page. We’d love to see your finished project!

10 best places to get DIY home improvement inspiration.

1)      Houzz

Houzz is great for looking at other peoples houses and getting home design ideas. The have a mobile app or an online website where you can scroll through lots of different homes. You can even follow interior designers, home

http://www.houzz.co.uk/

2)      Air BNB:

Although Air BNB is great for finding quirky bargain-stays to luxurious villas, you can also get a huge range of great home improvement ideas. Whether you’re interested in browsing a selection of Scandinavian-style Kitchens or thinking of putting in some Japanese sliding doors, you can check out real-life homes from pretty much any country in the world with Air BNB.  If you get the chance, we’ve found Portuguese bathrooms are a real treasure.

https://www.airbnb.co.uk/

3)      Youtube

From videos on how to remodel your bathroom to whether you should use a dust sheet or a floor protector, Youtube can answer any questions you have to do with home improvement. Why not check out Protec’s Youtube channel and let us know if there is anything you need answering not on there?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dx2QFUAA5HQ

 

4)      StumbleUpon:

StumbleUpon lets you browse loads of websites which can not be easily found by search engines. If you set up an account, then set up “interior decorating” as one of your interests, you are bound to find loads of inspiring home improvement ideas.

http://www.stumbleupon.com/

5)      Piccsy

Piccsy is an image site and lets you browse lots of different images for home improvement ideas.

www.piccsy.com

6)      Pinterest:

Pinterest lets you create a board of “pins” of a wide assortment of images so that you can create a board for whatever interests you the most.

www.pinterest.com

7)      Martha’s Blog:

The “Martha Blog”  is a fantastic collection of home ideas.

www.themarthablog.com/

8)      Ikea:

If you like contemporary Swedish design, Ikeas website if full of new ideas.

http://www.ikea.com

9)   Got a Tablet / Smartphone ? Try FlipBoard!

Flipboard is an amazing mobile app which helps you to manage all of your favourite things in one place.

https://flipboard.com/

10)   Channel 4’s Scrap booking:

Get some fantastic home ideas from places such as Sarah Beeny’s home improvement show so that you can get together a scrapbook of ideas.

www.scrapbook.channel4.com/

So, here we have a list of our Ten of favourite places to get DIY / home improvement design ideas. If you’re attempting any of these, make sure you protect everything you don’t want to get ruined in the process. Protec’s range of temporary protection materials are affordable, most are recyclable and are the correct way to protect from damage, so if you are planning a home improvement project, make sure you check out our full range of products from floor protectors to bathrooms protectors.

Where do you get your DIY ideas? Let us know on Facebook as we would love to find out more from you or come back next week for our list of our favourite 5 bloggers to get home remodelling advice.

If you are planning a new kitchen or bathroom, you should probably read Which?’s fantastic guide to get a good idea of what you need to know. However, one thing they don’t cover is temporary protection materials.

New kitchen and bathroom installations can be very costly. An architect was referred to Protec because he had a brand new beautiful, pristine bathroom installed, but dropped the shower tray on the new tiles, creating a huge dent in the new tiles. After having to take everything out, which was both costly and time-consuming, he needed to get everything installed again. That’s where we came in. Protec’s range of temporary protection materials ensured nothing else got damaged. This checklist of 8 items is perfect for making sure you have everything covered when you get a new kitchen or bathroom installed.

1) Cabinets – Protect your cabinets with Protective films or a heavier duty self-adhesive bubblewrap.

2) Appliances – Protect your dishwasher, washing machine and cooker when you get any work done on your kitchen with the purpose designed Hob and Oven protector. It saves time, and if you are a kitchen installer, can be reused for your next project or recycled.

3) Worktops  Prevent accidental damage from trades with Proplex, a highly durable material which has many applications. 

4) Sinks – Protect sinks from damage during building, construction and refurbishment projects with Protec Flame Retardant Sink ProtectorsProtec Flame Retardant Sink Protectors are inexpensive, re-usable and simple to install.

5) Bidets - Don’t forget to protect your Bidet! Protec’s Bidet Protectors provide an inexpensive and re-usable method of temporary bidet protection. They are purpose made to provide complete protection caused by damage or debris during construction and refurbishment projects. Bidet Protectors are custom-manufactured from heavy duty corrugated plastic sheets. This provides excellent resistance to spillage, compression or impact. Pre-creased, with lockable tabs, the Bidet Protectors are simple to assemble and install on site.

6) Bath - Protect flame retardant Bath Protectors are used to effectively protect baths from damage during building, construction and refurbishment projects. Unlike more traditional methods of bathroom protection such as ‘boxing in’, Protec’s flame retardant Bath Protectors are inexpensive, re-usable, easy assembly and simple to install. These specially designed FR Bath Protectors are constructed from heavy duty twin-wall plastic sheets to create a rigid, compression and impact resistant board. They are pre-creased with lockable tabs for quick and easy assembly and fitting.

7) Temporary Floor ProtectionBreathershield is the perfect multi-purpose floor protector which is breathable, for example, if you have a newly tiled floor the floor can continue to cure whilst you work over the top. This will speed up your bathroom installation and with over 100m of it, you can use it for many projects.

8) Door Frame Protectors – Don’t underestimate the power of these simple, foam door jamb protectors. They’ll protect your doorframes from even the most heavy objects.

Thought of anything else we need for bathroom or kitchen temporary protection? Why not leave us a message or contact us for more information!

 

Temporary Kitchen Protection
Beautiful New Kitchens Need Temporary Protection Materials

Control dust on construction sites You are probably already aware that dust from power tools, sanding and dry sweeping causes all sorts of lung diseases, from lung cancers to silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorders to asthma. Around 1.8 million construction workers are regularly exposed to dust, which means that they are one of the most at-risk groups of these sorts of diseases. Therefore, protecting construction workers from dust should be at the forefront of project managers minds. What is the best way to protect those who are living in a premise whilst construction is taking place? The HSE recommends:

  • Less cutting, instead choose products which are already at the size you need
  • Using less powerful tools
  • Consider different methods of work  e.g. use a nail gun instead of drilling holes first
  • Hire or Purchase a Dust extraction Vacuum

Protec has also found that dust can be contained and easily cleared by using a ZipWall Barrier. Combined with Polythene Sheeting, the ZipWall Barrier Kit  restricts the spread of airborne dust which means that tidying up is easier and construction employees are exposed for lower levels of time.The HSE provides more detailed information. Is construction dust a concern to you? Let us know on LinkedIn or Facebook.

ZipPole Dust Barrier Protector
Dust Barrier Protection

The Rhinoceros Beetle is one of the world’s strongest animals (proportional to its own weight). A single Rhino Beetle can lift around 850 times its own weight, which is about the same as if a human lifted a 65 ton object such as the M1A1 military tank or an adolescent blue whale.

So, what does this super-strength insect have to do with Protec? Protecs’ super-strength Rhino Tile is a heavy duty floor protector which can withstand ongoing, extreme pressure.

Rhino Tile has proven its strength once again, this time for Interserve by protecting a school playground from damage. Rhino Tile was a cost-effective and time saving solution for Interserve, who would normally paint over the playground markings with hired equipment, paint on makeshift parking bays and then be removed and reapplied at the end of the construction project.

At only £4.46 each, these reusable, recycled heavy impact floor protectors can be used to protect from heavy vehicles. For trade use, please contact us on 0800 834 704 for additional discounts.

For more information about Rhino Tile  or view our Floor Protector  range.

Why not add Protec on Facebook? We have lots of competitions, product information and want to hear from you!

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The somerset flood crisis hit the headlines last winter as the relentless rain submerged over 150 homes.

Over six months has gone and the residents of the Moorland and Fordgate community are still recovering from the damage. Many of the residents’ insurance did not cover the flood damage so have needed to rely on the help of volunteers to help restore their properties.

Protec has been involved in restoring the homes of three properties affected by the Somerset flood crisis and had their insurance cancelled. Thanks to the help of Wilmott Dixon contractors and other suppliers, the residents homes have finally been restored and they can return to their homes.

Mr. and Mrs. Maye, whose cottage was destroyed by the floods, have thanked all companies involved: “Through not having insurance the response from so many strangers has been extremely overwhelming. The work undertaken by you and your organisation on behalf of Willmott-Dixon to rebuild our home from the stripped, bare bricked walls, to replace plaster, tile floors, fix electrics, hang new doors, replace skirting, paint, decorate and replace glass has been truly amazing.”

What did Protec prescribe as the perfect flood repair kit?

  1. 30 sheets of Proplex
  2. 500 pairs of Overshoes
  3. 10 Dust Sheets
  4. 50 Corner/edge Protectors 75mm x 10m

 

Protec Temporary Protection

 

 

Protec, the market leading supplier of temporary protection materials, is proud to be involved in community development programs. If you have anything we can get involved in, please call us on 0800 834 704 or Tweet us @protec_uk.

We didn’t need to spend long writing what we think makes the ZipWall Kit amazing as our customers love it so much they have told us all about it. From tradesmen to DIY’ers, project managers on Construction sites to customers who are having their property renovated, here is why they think the ZipWall is great:

1)     ZipPole Stops Dust Particles from Spreading

“I’m renovating a house and it helps keep the dust and dirt in the parts where I’m working away from the rest of the house.” Nicky J

2)     Prevents Dust Aggravated Asthma During Renovation Projects

“My husband and I both suffer from Asthma. Most people complain about dust getting everywhere in the house when having an extension – this is definitely the answer to avoid that happening. I would not hesitate to recommend this product to others.” Claire Rumble

3)     ZipWall Kit is Reusable

“Easy to use and reuseable again and again. We tend to use these to place temporary polythene sheeting in domestic (and industrial) premises to screen off areas during asbestos removal.”  Paul Merritt

4)     ZipPole is Excellent Value for money

“Worth it’s weight in gold. We had the screen up for 3 days and nights whilst the majority of our staircase was removed and replaced. The workmen naturally created a fair amount of dust, but none of it travelled outside of the working area. Luckily the workmen left their area clean each night and the zipwall, left the landing and bedrooms free from dust for the family.” Jem

Don’t forget, if you purchase a ZipPole kit, you need to purchase the Polythene Gauge Sheets which is only £2.52 per meter squared. Or why not check out our Heavy Duty Polythene Sheeting for a cost effective solution.

5)     ZipWall’s Height Is Perfect For Company Projects

“We needed to screen off the front of a shop while the new shopfront was being fitted. The 6mtr poles gave enough height to screen the area. We are working in a new shopping area this kept the dust and debris contained to our unit” Steve

6)     Impress your Customers with ZipWall 

“My customer loves it and opens the zipper on a regular basis just to pass me a cup of tea!” Paul H

7)     No Taping So It Saves Time

“Our workman find this system very effective saving time and the need to tape vast areas of polythene around the customers house.” Mark Taylor

8)     Keep Construction Dirt Contained

“Keep the dust and dirt in the parts where I’m working away from the rest of the house.” Nicky

9)  Save Cleaning-Up Time

“I bought the 4 pole kit + a roll of plastic sheeting and it has saved me so much time when cleaning up.” Nicky J

10) ZipWall is Quick to Install

“What a great product! it took me slightly longer than a minute but i’m sure next time I will be able to install it quicker.” R Hunter

Here we have proven 10 happy customers found the ZipWall the ideal Temporary Dust Barrier system. So, where can you buy a ZipWall in the UK? Either on Protec’s Website or if you have open a corporate Protec Account, contact Protec’s Team today and receive further discounts. For August, we are offering 10% off the ZipWall Kit Range, including the Polythene 500 Gauge Sheets when you quote ZIPTEN plus free delivery to the UK mainland. Simply enter the code when you checkout.

For more information, view our ZipWall Range or check out our ZipPole Brochure.

Don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for competitions, product discounts and even more insider tips on using our products.

If you have any questions, please call our team of specialists on 0800 834 704 or email enquiries@protection.co.uk.

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Protec and Construction
Protec Gets involved with “Maths in Action”

Protec, the leading supplier of Temporary Protection Materials in the UK, was pleased to be invited to “Math’s in Action” at Ormiston Forge Academy in Cradley Heath, a program aimed at increasing the confidence of young women aged 15-16 to practice maths related subjects after GCSE.

The program involved business leaders hosting a variety of workshops related to their day-to-day jobs. Edit Fillingham, Protec’s Key Account Manager, was asked to participate in a reverse auction. A reverse auction is when the roles of a buyer and seller are reversed. The workshop aimed to demonstrate real-life challenges for the business leaders, such as the importance of product quality as well as profit.    Fillingham said “The reverse auction is a really useful skill for managerial roles, particularly in the construction industry. I was worried at first that the young women would find it difficult to grasp the complex concept of a reverse auction. However, I was surprised by the students’ assertive approach to the task. They were able to grasp this complex financial task in under 20 minutes.

The students were given a range of tasks from construction industry leaders. By the end of the day, out of 25 young women students, 95% said their confidence had risen and their desire to study A Level Maths had increased.

This program aimed to encourage and empower young women at a grass roots level to follow maths, science and engineering related careers. At present, women represent a mere 11% of the construction industry workforce. By inspiring a wider diversity of students to become proficient at maths related subjects, perhaps the UK’s construction industry will flourish from the array of different skills a broader range of skilled employees could bring.   

What are your opinions on how we can inspire more women to follow maths, science and engineering related careers? Tweet us @Protec_uk or let us know on Facebook. 

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Protec inspires young women by being part of a day-long workshop

If you have damaged a floor during a renovation or refurbishment project, you will understand the dreaded feeling of having to explain to your customer what happened and then paying an excessive amount for the damage to the floor to be repaired.

Protec, the leading supplier of temporary protection materials in the UK, is a specialist in floor protectors. From working with building service companys, site managers and DIY’ers for over 20 years, Protec has specialists who can use their wealth of experience to help you to find the perfect solution, no matter what your project needs are.

Why not browse our full range of floor protectors here. Or if you have any floor protection questions, call us on 0800 834 704. Our phone lines are open 7.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday or you can e-mail us enquiries@protection.co.uk.

Have you ever caused damage to a floor? Let us know of Facebook. We would love to hear from you.