Yearly archives: 2014

Touching up interior paintwork

Advice on running repairs Like it or not, interior paintwork is going to suffer minor scuffs and knocks. We always leave clients with unfinished paint cans for running repairs, but there are some useful tips which can make your DIY touchups blend in to the rest of the paint on a wall. Step 1: Before making repairs, clean the area with a sponge, mild detergent and water. This will not …[Read More]

An autumn checklist for your property

Cold and damp are the two things that will most quickly expose problems in your property. Before the autumn really sets in, we recommend a check of several important points. The effort needed to prevent damage is much less than the cost of repair. 1) Check the gutters and downpipes. If there is any blockage, get them cleaned. 2) Make sure pipes are lagged and insulated. 3) …[Read More]

Window repair – the right way, so it lasts

Photos: Window repairs at a property at Grove Park Road in Chiswick – the repair system is guaranteed for 10 years but with proper maintenance will last very much longer than that. We frequently find properties in London where windows are suffering from their continued exposure to the elements. Replacement can often be avoided with the Repair Care system. BulgerWicks are approved suppliers of the …[Read More]

Do you need to to strip wallpaper before re-papering or painting?

At one time or another, we have all faced the dilemma of whether or not to strip existing wallpaper before painting or perhaps repapering our walls. It’s a decision which really needs experience and good judgement and we’re often asked to give our advice. There is no easy right or wrong about it. The only guiding factor is what you see before you when inspecting your walls. For example, there are a number …[Read More]

Your Home vs. The Elements

For some of us, the inside of our homes can be more important than the outside. The inside is where we can show our creativity with colours, furnishings, lighting, etc. The inside is where we entertain our friends, relax after a hard day, and where we raise and nurture our children. So in many ways it’s easy to forget about the outside. While an expression …[Read More]

Spring cleaning advice from your decorator

As the Spring-cleaning season begins, we are often asked for advice on care of paintwork and walls. For most jobs, which only involve surface dirt, we recommend a light touch. Avoiding the use of harsh chemicals where possible is also sensible, for the benefit of both the paintwork and the people cleaning it. We gathered a few tips: Our suggested cleaning supplies include: Mild detergent Distilled …[Read More]

Tools for choosing decorating colours

Many people want to be a bit more daring when it is time to redecorate, but worry about that colour schemes might not turn out as they hoped or be easy to live with. In London we have many traditions to choose from, so there are few ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ decorating choices. The most important thing, of course, is whether you are happy living with the …[Read More]

Which? Trusted Trader recognition for Bulger Wicks

The Which? Trusted Trader award is an endorsement scheme which recognises reputable traders who successfully pass a rigorous assessment process by Which?. The scheme operates in London and the home counties and selects from traders working in the home improvements industry.We are happy to announce that Bulger Wicks has just been recognised by the scheme, after passing a thorough selection procedure including credit checks, checks of customer references, …[Read More]

Dealing with damp

Older properties without full double glazing are prone to problems caused by damp at this time of year. But even double-glazing doesn’t always solve the problem. Modern flats often have very high levels of insulation. This has been positively encouraged by building regulations and obviously has many advantages. However in many buildings the high level of insulation also prevents air-flow, and interior humidity levels can …[Read More]

Brickwork care in winter

Long periods of wet weather followed by freezing temperatures can have particularly damaging effects on brickwork. If pointing (the mortar running between lines of bricks) is damaged or eroded, or if the bricks have become spalled (broken up at the surface), water can get in. When that water then freezes, there can be serious problems. The wrong kind of mortar is unfortunately often found in …[Read More]