The wearing away or removal of the paint film when scrubbed with a brush, sponge, or cloth.
- Inadequate length of time allowed for paint to fully dry (i.e., cure) before washing or scrubbing.
- Use of an abrasive cleaner.
- Choosing the wrong sheen or product for the area.
- Allow adequate dry time, as scrub resistance will not fully develop until the paint is thoroughly cured.
- Try washing the painted surface with the least abrasive material – sponge or cloth and water, or the mildest detergent first.
- High traffic areas may require a semi-gloss or gloss paint rather than a flat or satin paint to provide good scrub resistance.
- Alkyd/oil-based paints are generally more scrubbable than latex coatings.
- Exterior products will seldom provide a scrubbable surface as they are softer and more flexible to accommodate the expansion and contraction caused by temperature and humidity changes. Wash exterior surfaces carefully with a mild cleaning solution.