Painting your home is a great way to freshen it up on a small budget. Indoor painting can be done in any season, but if you live in Vancouver WA, winter is often the season chosen for this task. This can cause problems because people often cluster primarily inside during the colder temps of winter and painting can bring with it unpleasant and even noxious paint fumes.
The smells of fresh, wet paint are quite familiar. When you crack open a can of paint the smell instantly wafts through your home. Every homeowner who has painted knows the precautions you need to take when painting.
- Paint in a well-ventilated area if at all possible
- Keep windows and doors open
- Use an air purifier
- Use fans to move the air
These precautions are all to help prevent you from inhaling volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs are what you are smelling when you apply paint and while it is drying. Residential home painters are knowledgeable about VOCs and will bring tools needed to properly ventilate your home during the painting process.
Volatile organic compounds in paint are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Some states have higher standards for VOC emissions and local painting contractors must abide by local codes. There are many kinds of household products that contain VOCs, glue, and many cleaners to name a few of the most common. VOCs will dissipate as the paint dries and, if you have ventilated the space well, will dissipate with minimal effect on anybody present.
Types of Paint
When it comes to painting, there are three basic types of residential paint available and if you are contracting out your paint job talk with your painting contractor about what paint you want to be used in your home. If you are shopping for paint, be sure to read the labels.
There seems to be an unlimited number of color choices for paint. But when it comes to the kind of paint, there are three:
Latex Paint: Latex paint is generally lower in VOCs than other paints. This is because latex paint is water-based as opposed to petrochemical-based. In Clark County WA, you can easily find low VOC and organic paint.
Natural Paint: Natural paints are not petrochemical-based paints. Natural paints fit perfectly with the environmentally friendly climate of Vancouver WA. These kinds of paints use casein, chalk, citrus oil, and linseed oil instead of petrochemical bases. Be aware, these natural paints can still emit some VOCs and proper ventilation is still needed when using natural paint.
Oil Paint: Oil paints are extremely durable but also have the highest amount of VOCs. If you are painting with oil-based paint, be sure to properly ventilate in the space you are working.
So is it Safe?
Winters in Clark County are dark and wet. The idea of having to vacate your home because paint is drying might not be top on your list. So is it safe to sleep in a freshly painted room?
The short answer: Yes
If you started your paint job early in the day, ventilated the space well and used safe paint, the room should be good to go by evening. If there are any lingering smells in the room, you get a headache or get lightheaded, sleep in another room until the paint has completely dried.
For utter confidence in a professional paint job in Vancouver WA, contact Corbin Painting.