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Maintaining Gyprock: 4 Easy Ways to Extend Its Longevity

After installation, most homeowners don’t give much thought to plasterboard, also known as gyprock, unless something goes wrong. We conduct thorough termite inspections, test air conditioning systems annually, and touch up paint as needed, but we do not evaluate plasterboard.  

Your home’s walls carry out several vital functions that are sometimes overlooked. Every day they must cope with scrapes, splashes, and bumps, and these flaws can add up over time. 

One of the most important things you can do to keep your property in good shape and avoid unnecessary damage is to maintain the plasterboard finishes. To ensure you get the most use possible out of your gypsum walls, ceilings, and cornices, we have put together a list of upkeep duties.

Here are the ways you can maintain your gyprock to extend its longevity:

1. Wipe It Clean Regularly 

There is no way to stop the inescapable buildup of minor dings on your house or place of business walls. Moving furniture, bumping into walls, and children playing inside all cause minor imperfections on plasterboard walls that need to be cleaned.

The fact that gyprock is a substrate should be kept in mind more than anything else. If your wall is painted or wallpapered, follow the manufacturer’s directions to remove any stains. Typically, moist cloth and mild soap can remove markings from plasterboard walls. After cleaning the wall, be sure to dry it thoroughly. 

While scouring pads should be avoided because they can eat through the paint, leaving the gypsum board exposed and vulnerable to water collection, firmer soaps can be used to remove stubborn stains.

2. Cover It With Paint

The best way to protect the gypsum board in your walls, cornices, and trimmings is to paint them. If not sealed, gyprock and other plasterboards made of thick construction paper and gypsum are vulnerable to dampness, scratches, and damage. 

The surface will be sealed and shielded from daily wear and tear with several coats of paint. Modern water-based acrylic paints are simple to use and will protect your plasterboard from spills, scratches, and minor bumps.

3. Check for Cracks and Dents 

Over time, minor blemishes like smudges and other wall flaws like scratches and dents begin accumulating. Cracks can allow water and other elements to seep into the concrete, leading to further damage.

Always look for issues and address them as soon as they arise. Scratches and dents can be quickly fixed with plaster cement. Filling them out as soon as they’re discovered can help prevent this. No one will ever be able to tell that your wall was damaged with only a quick sanding and a fresh coat of paint.

4. Repair Serious Damage

The homeowner can quickly repair minor drywall dents, but larger holes or flaws require professional assistance. The damaged plasterboard is frequently removed and replaced to patch significant wall gaps. Use these simple procedures to repair significant holes in gypsum walls:

  • Chipping or cutting a large area with cracks or damping water.
  • Create a hole using a saw to remove cracks and patch a new cut gyprock.
  • When it is patched and attached with plaster compound, dry then sand it in preparation for painting.


The plasterboard that makes up your walls, ceilings, and decorative mouldings needs routine care, just like the rest of your house. As long as you clean it and fix any errors you or others may have made, maintaining drywall should be straightforward, just like keeping anything else. Even though the wall isn’t finished, it should continue to be in good shape.

If you’re planning to do a gyprock repair due to minor blemishes or significant water damage, We Plaster & Recruit is here to help! Our team comes prepared with the tools and materials they need to repair most issues with your plasterboard, restoring your spaces to their former glory. Contact us today to book an appointment with our team!

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