Painting and Decorating Made Easier!


  1. Cover the floor. Unless you’re painting it, now.


  1. The same goes for the furniture and fixtures, bushes and flowers, walkways, etc.


  1. Remove, or cover, whatever you’re not going to paint at the time.


  1. Promptly, clean up after yourself. Paint drips, drops, splatters, spills, etc.


  1. Post “WET PAINT” signs while you’re still painting in the area. After is too late!


  1. Rope or barricade off your work area as much as possible -with safety always in mind.


  1. Clean your used brushes and/or roller covers a.s.a.p. With a product-appropriate solution.


  1. Tape over, or remove, electric outlet covers before you do any work in the room/area.


  1. Unplug all electric tools before leaving your work area.


  1. Always use the tool or equipment safety shields/covers. They’re provided for a good reason.


  1. Keep all sharp supplies and tools in a secured place. Do not let them laying around.


  1. Put paint/finish/solvent container lids tightly back on containers before you leave area.


  1. Read the product label. Even if you’ve purchased, and used, the same product many times. Manufacturers do change instructions.


  1. Follow manufacturer instructions for all products and materials.


  1. Protect your skin when working around any toxic or hazardous chemicals, conditions, etc.


  1. Wear disposable full-body suits and shoe covers, when cleaning larger areas, or worse infestations, of toxic mold and mildew. Promptly, bag and throw out after finished.


  1. Wear snugly-fitting eye goggles, when using any product, materials, tool, or equipment that can emit damaging fumes, particles, etc.


  1. Use a breathing mask, or apparatus, every time you use product containing chemicals, harmful health and environmental agents.


  1. Clearly label all containers of solvents.


  1. Store, under lock and key, all toxic and hazardous products. No exceptions. No excuses. Be super careful around areas used by children, disabled, impaired.


  1. On a large area, do not use any product or material new to you. First, test on a small, hidden spot.


  1. Ask for help from someone that knows more than you do about a product, technique, problem, etc. That person was less knowledgeable and experienced at one time, too.


  1. Try not to climb a tall ladder, while carrying any open container of paint, finish, solvent, etc.


  1. Open the cutting blade when you’re in position. Before then, keep closed, and secure in tool belt. (Assuming you’re wearing it.)


  1. Quickly, turn off electric paint mixer when finished. Unplug, unless you’ll be using it again within 5 minutes.


  1. Unplug all electric tools and equipment when not in use.


  1. Put away all tools and equipment at the end of each work day or shift.


  1. Wash your face, hands, wrists, and arms with soap before every break, and before you leave work for the day.




Pay attention to what you’re doing. What you’re using.


Pay attention to where you’re at – and who else is around.


Watch where you’re going!


Use whatever common sense you’ve got. And, find some more – when you’re running short.


Wear that back brace when lifting, carrying, hoisting, bending, climbing, etc.


Wear knee pads when working on your knees for an extended period of time. Or, repeatedly.




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Many thanks for doing more than your share.

And, thanks for visiting “Painting with Bob.”


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Copyright 2015. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.



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