Washable Paint: Best Buys for Walls That Stay Looking Fresh

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Washable paint isn't something to overlook — after all, there’s nothing worse than seeing a scuff mark or stain on your newly painted walls and woodwork. After spending hours or even days making your home look beautiful, you don't want to be thinking about repainting. 

The simple solution is painting a wall with a washable paint. These are great for high traffic areas such as hallways and stairs where hands are always touching the walls and ideal for kitchens and dining rooms where stains happily make an appearance, especially if you have kids. Washable paints are tougher and more durable than standard paints, are typically scuff and stain resistant and are easy to wash and wipe clean. 

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Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.