Eco-Friendly Interior House Painting Tips for the Holidays

The holidays are just around the corner, and for many that means family gatherings in your home. There's no better way to liven up your home than with a fresh coat of paint. However, interior painting can be more harmful than good if you don't choose safe products with reduced toxic emissions.

There are hundreds of paint choices to choose from but not all of them are healthy and environmentally friendly. Read the following tips to make your interior painting project a safe one:

Look for low volatile organic compound (VOC) paints

You have probably noticed the strong smell of a newly painted room. The odor comes from VOCs, which are found in most traditional paints. These VOCs escape into the air after they are applied indoors. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, prolonged exposure to VOCs can cause upper respiratory problems, and extended exposure can even cause kidney and liver disease. When painting with VOCs, the amount of toxins inside your home is greater than the amount outside. This is due to the lack of ventilation inside your home. The alternative to VOC products is water-based paint, which contains fewer toxins than traditional.

Don't overbuy

Buy only what you need from the paint store.Think realistically when picking out paint, and measure the size of the room before you go to the store to purchase. One gallon of paint covers an area of 350-400 square feet. Most paint stores will help you determine how much you need if you have trouble deciding. A third coat of paint won't hurt if that is the amount you have leftover. By saving yourself money on excess paint, you are also saving the environment.

Keep windows and doors open

Allow as much circulation to enter your home as you can. Keep doors and windows open while you are painting and allow them to remain opens for a few hours after painting. This will also help speed up the drying process.

Store excess paint in a dry location

Tightly close the lid of the paint can and store the can upside down to prevent air from entering. This will keep your paint in good condition for a longer period of time. If you have used all of your paint, keep it in a safe area away from children and allow the empty container to dry before disposing of it.

Reuse leftover paint

Never pour extra paint down the drain. Save any leftover paint you may have.  It can come in handy for touch ups when necessary. If you have no need for it, you can also consider donating leftover paints to someone who might use them, like a local church, school, or a friend.

Look out for the health of others this season by choosing environmentally-safe products for your interior paint projects. Enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that you and your family are breathing far less pollutants inside your home.


For more eco-friendly painting tips from the experts, contact the Antioch Painters of CertaPro today at 615-242-6527.

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