5 Scrubbable Paint Options

From on March 31, 2009 in Painting

Kitchens, bathrooms, children’s rooms – these are the places where the need to occasionally scrub the painted walls and surfaces is most likely. You’ve probably noticed that after umpteen rub-downs with cleaners and sponges, the paint starts to look streaky and worn, and the color is probably looking drabber in those scrubbed areas, too.

Paint manufacturers have developed some durable, scrubbable paints that will stand up to cleaning and still look as good and color-rich as when they were applied. If you’re in the market for paint and need one that will hold its own when scrubbed, here are some options to consider:


Glidden has a series of interior latex paint types. Their semi-gloss is a wall and trim paint specially formulated to resist moisture. Its tough but smooth finish provides outstanding resistance against stains, chipping, scuffing, and abrasion. This product will stand up to repeated washings and scrubbings. It is an excellent finish for high-traffic areas and comes with a 25-year limited warranty.


Giving appliances a new look can be easily achieved with a fresh coat of paint. Often, an appliance will be perfectly serviceable, but look shabby after years and years of cleaning. For second and vacation homes, repainting appliances is a viable solution that saves you money and still gives your kitchen an instant update. Kylon’s epoxy paints for appliances are durable, scrubbable, and withstand household cleaners, grease, and grime.


Valspar’s paints are available at Lowe’s, as well as many other retailers. Their Signature Colors Paint is described as their best interior paint, available in the finest designer colors. It is made with an innovative paint technology that promises “ultimate scrubbability,” and delivers superior color definition, easy one-coat application and superior durability.

Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore’s line of Aura paints are part of an innovative colorant system integrating the best technologies to deliver superior durability for any color along with the promise of long lasting beauty. In addition to using 100% acrylic latex, proprietary resins have been incorporated to give the product its extraordinary performance properties. These paints are easy to wash, and since they are stain-resistant, they won’t need washing as often as many other types of paint.


Sherwin-Williams has a paint called Bath Paint, especially for bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and laundry rooms. It’s mildew and moisture resistant. Highly durable, you can scrub it to your heart’s content. It comes in both satin and semi-gloss finishes, and both types dry to a tough, strong finish.