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Maintenance instructions

Painted and lacquered interior surfaces


Dirt in the surrounding environment and the amount and composition of dirt-producing processes in the building in turn influence the amount and nature of dirt found indoors. A rule of thumb is that the glossier and harder the surface is, the easier it will be to clean.

Painted and lacquered surfaces reach their final chemical resistance and durability one month after application. Avoid cleaning during this time.

Test the product beforehand to determine how its surfaces will withstand various cleansing methods. If a chalk-like residue collects on the fingertips when wiped across the surface, then the surface is not suitable for washing. Use dry or damp cleansing methods instead, or repaint the surface.

Maintenance painting is usually carried out with the same or similar type of paint as used before.

When cleaning painted and lacquered surfaces, avoid the following:

  • concentrated alkali and acidic washing solutions, which soften the surface and affect the gloss and tint qualities
  • strong solvents and abrasive scoring agents
  • abrasive cleaners
  • hot water, and the long-term effects of water


Remove stains as soon as possible after they occur and before cleaning the entire surface area. Water, neutral or mild alkaline washing solutions (pH 8-10) are often sufficient for removing fresh stains.

Try removing dried and difficult to remove stains with a concentrated washing solution, rinsing the surface thoroughly and allowing to dry.

Depending on the source, remove stains from parquet floors with the following substances:
  • fruit, berries, juice, milk, coffee, tea, soft drinks, wine, and beer: synthetic cleanser
  • chocolate, grease, oil, shoe polish, heel scuff marks, tar, and pitch: white spirit
  • ink ribbon, duplicating wax, correction fluid, ball-point pens, ink, and lipstick: methylated spirits
Use a cleaning cloth soaked in white spirit to try to remove marker, ink, paint, oil, and grease stains. Wipe the stained spot carefully, as paint surfaces softened by solvents cannot withstand friction and may become damaged. Some stickers and adhesives can be removed by soaking in water or solvents such as methylated spirits. Depending on the adhesive and surface, paint may fracture and peel off unintentionally!

Tip: If the sticker is firmly stuck on a non-absorbent oiled surface, use cooking oil to dissolve the adhesive.

When stains permeate through wall and ceiling surface paint and cannot be washed off, paint over them with Akrostop, to avoid priming the whole wall or ceiling. Akrostop is suitable “as is” for ceilings and surfaces that are not exposed to dirt, and conceals stains caused by nicotine, soot, marker pens, and water damage.

Tikkurila surface cleansing products

Tikkurila Huoltopesu (Maintenance Cleaner) can be used as a general washing solution in the ratio of 1 part Maintenance Cleaner to 30 parts water. Use a concentrated 1:1 solution for removing stains and cleaning very dirty surfaces.

Use Supi Saunapesu (Sauna Cleaner: 1-2 dl to 5 litres of water, depending on the amount of dirt) to clean sauna and shower facilities. Use 1-1.5 dl of Supi Sauna Cleaner to 10 litres of water to dissolve lime. Use undiluted Supi Sauna Cleaner to remove concentrated lime deposits and rust outcrops. Bleach wooden benches by mixing 1 part Supi Sauna Cleaner to 1 part water and allow to react for 15 minutes.
NB! Always rinse the benches thoroughly with water before use.

Before maintenance painting, pretreat surfaces with Maalipesu (Cleaning Agent) as instructed. Test the effect of Cleaning Agent (diluted or undiluted as required) on a small surface area first.