When is it Safe to Sleep in a Newly Painted Room?
After painting the house interior, it’s imperative to know when you can safely go into the rooms – especially if it’s your bedroom! Odors released by wet paint are give off gases (evaporating) as the paint dries; this is how paint goes from a liquid form to dry form.There are different kinds of paints used in indoor residential painting: water-based paints (usually a latex), oil-based paints (enamel), and low- and non-VOC (volatile organic compounds).Water-based paints are most commonly used in homes. If you've painted in the winter in northeran areas like Columbia, MD or McLean, VA, be sure to use fans and/or a dehumidifier to help ventilate the room. In northern summers, doors and windows can be left open to help ventilate the room. House painters in the south - Lake Worth or Wellington, FL for instance, windows and doors can be opened in any season. Generally, waiting 3-4 hours after painting has finished for the night, it is safe to sleep in the room, but ask your paint contractors for their specific recommendations.Oil-based paints, or enamels, tend to have stronger odors and can cause headaches, nausea, or sinus discomfort. You may want to wait up to 24 hours before sleeping in a room painted with oil-based paints. Again, ask your professional painter for specifics in your home.At Benchmark Painting, we also offer paint products with a low environmental impact called low- and non-VOC paints. These paints have fewer contaminants and no odors like other paints may have and are very safe to use in a nursery or child’s room without a wait time to sleep in there. Additionally, many of these products are made locally and use recycled materials, which also reduces our impact on the environment.Call Benchmark Painting today for a free estimate on your painting needs in the Kensington, MD area at 877-BENCHMARK (301-949-1100); or the Boynton Beach area at (561) 375-6249.
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