Once a renovation is completed, what must be done to protect its condition on a continual basis?
Generally speaking, consider how you treat your home. You may have fine furnishings, ornate architecture or highly decorative surfaces. One needs only to remember that all things suffer wear, and are subject to age.
Specifically, anything which is maintained regularly and by using consistent methods will stand the test of time longer. And, of course, more attention means more expenditure.
Are you willing and able, including budget-wise, to do what is required to sustain the look of refinement? If not, a room or property can easily become a dereliction of one’s duties.
Methods for maintaining that new and improved renovation:
* Clean all surfaces regularly to prevent dirt build up.
* Install automated room deodorizer. Some are designed with portability in mind.
* Apply a liquid polish to all clear finished wood surfaces including moldings, doors and
* Touch up paint on surfaces using a small brush or touch up roller. Keep the touch-up
areas as small as possible.
* Repair damage to a surface using a method that will best duplicate or match the existing
surface. Great detail should be paid to surfaces which require a precise match.
Example: Stippled surfaces, reflective surfaces, textured surface, and surfaces with a
* Keep decorative surfaces clean, and unexposed to the UV rays of the sun. This is essential
for maximizing the longevity of the surface’s good condition.
* Apply a clear coat application, for the ultimate in painted surface protection. It has been
proven to add years of service to hotel surfaces.
* Replace anything which cannot be repaired in a reasonable amount of time and effort.
This is the final resort, and the most expensive.
Example: A broken armrest on a chair may be repairable. But will it look as though it was
A restoration takes a great deal of time to complete. There are steps and procedures involved. If ignored, they will show up in the results as carelessness, or a willingness to cut corners where you shouldn’t have.
The same dedication should be given to maintaining what was created initially. For, if it is not, in a very short time, the hotel’s reputation and reliability could suffer – and become questionable.
And, I don’t need to tell any of you what that means!
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