Q: Hi Dr. Dulux, we’ve got two small kids and a dog, and our entrance and hallway is quickly looking a little worse for wear – mucky fingerprints, juice, splashes of mud and who knows what else! We’re looking at redecorating the walls, what can you suggest that will stand the test of time?

A: That sounds like a very fun house! The best option for you would be Dulux Easycare Washable & Tough – our latest innovation. It’s 20 times tougher than our standard matt emulsion and has been made to withstand stubborn marks without removing paint. Ideal in busy rooms used by kids and pets day to day such as hallways, living spaces and kids bedrooms or playrooms.

When liquid spills hit a wall painted in Dulux Easycare, the stain repellent technology turns the liquid into beads, which sit on the surface of the paint, making them easier to wash away. And if one of your little angels accidentally spills or stains, most marks can be removed with a damp cleaning cloth and an unbleached based cleaner such as Fairy Liquid. So keeping your hallway looking lovely is easy!

Once you've found your shade by using the Dulux Visualiser app and then ordered a colour tester. These are your next steps.

Preparing the surfaces: Remove any loose or flaking material from your walls and make sure surfaces are clean of any dirt of grease, and are dry.

Painting: Then, apply two coats with a brush or roller, leaving two to four hours drying time between each coat. Do not apply in very damp or humid conditions or extreme temperatures.

Expert Tips:

  • If the colour change is strong, you might need to apply more coats may than two.
  • If you use more than one can, mix them together in a large container or finish in a corner before starting a new can to make sure the colour and consistency is even throughout.
  • Unsure how much paint you’ll need? Make sure you calculate the right amount of paint by using the Dulux Easycare paint calculator before hitting the shops. Buying only the paint you need keeps costs down and is better for the environment.

Find out more about Easycare and see the whole range of colours.