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 & Carpentry, 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 301-949-1100.