Interior Painting Quick Tips: Painting and Ventilation

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If you’re planning to do some interior painting – don’t forget the importance of ventilation. Your average indoor paint contains up to 10,000 chemicals, 300 of which are known toxins and 150 which have been linked to cancer.

Whether you’re tackling a very small interior painting job or you’re planning to repaint entire walls, you need to ensure proper ventilation, especially if you aren’t using low-VOC paint. VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are some of the most harmful chemicals found in paint. Overexposure can result in a myriad of health issues including headaches, watery eyes and nausea. Extended exposure to VOCs has also been linked to cancer, as well as liver and kidney damage.

The simplest way to create a flow of ventilation is by opening a window. If that’s not feasible due to weather or location, you can also put a fan in the room to blow harmful fumes from your interior painting into another room that has adequate ventilation.

The same goes for clean-up. If you’re planning to use volatile chemicals to clean your paint brushes, consider taking your clean-up outside.

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