Pet-Friendly House Painting

There are so many different types of paints, oil-based, water-based and different formulations and finishes: emulsion, satin, gloss, to name a few. It is important when you decorate that you are aware of if there are any harmful substances in the paints that you may be using. Paint fumes are a big sign that there are harmful substances within paint. Make sure to check the ingredients before you purchase paint.

If you have decided to paint your house, it is important that your pet is safe from harm and comfortable. Not all paints are pet-friendly and so it is important that you choose the paint that doesn’t have any nasty chemical surprises that will be released into the air.

What to Look for in a Pet-Friendly Paint

When looking for pet-friendly paint, look for paints that are low or zero VOC (volatile organic compounds) levels. VOC are nasty chemicals that are released into the air from some paints, they are harmful for both humans and animals. Another thing to look for is that the paint is non-toxic and free from heavy metals, such as lead and mercury. Again these substances are toxic for both humans and animals. The best paints for pets and for humans are water-based paints. 

No matter what paint you are using, it is important to ensure the area is well-ventilated and that any children or pets are safe elsewhere. 

How to Prepare Your Home for Pet-Friendly Painting 

Once you have your brushes and your pet-friendly paint it is time to get started. Firstly it is best if your pets can be placed somewhere safe completely away from the area you will be painting. Make sure you remove any of your pets’ toys, blankets or other belongings from the area. If possible, seal off the area where you will be working.

Before you start painting you need to prepare the room for painting. Use painters’ tape to protect the skirting and baseboards from paint drips or spills. Make sure all the windows are open to make the air well-ventilated. Paint fumes are harmful and you need to minimize your contact with them. 

Clean up any paint drips as you paint, if possible and make sure the paint is fully dry before you allow your pet back into the space. It’s a good idea to keep the windows open until there is no more trace of paint fumes.


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