Painting your house is one of the most exciting activities to do. It completely transforms your house. While a fresh coat of paint elevates the look of your house from drab to delightful, you don’t want to end up inhaling fumes of the paint that can cause nausea, dizziness, and headache. When renovating or doing maintenance, care must be taken to ensure that your health safety is a priority.
That’s why we have shared a few important tips to help you keep health risks at bay when painting your home:
1. Opt for paints that are low in VOC
The paint you choose plays an important role in determining your health safety. When shopping for decorative paints for your house, make sure to opt for the ones that have low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) content.
Most paints that contain VOC release solvents into the air during their drying process and the presence of solvents in the air can lead to dizziness and headaches. Silk Breathe Easy from Berger Paints Nepal has been formulated to emit 90% less VOC than other paints.
Apart from low VOC content, the 100% acrylic water base wall coating also has a high sheen, is silky to touch, resistant to scrub, and has a long working life. Also, the wall coat is easy to maintain as it has a superior resistivity to stains. The paint can be used even in places where there are people with breathing issues. Learn more about Berger Silk Breathe Easy at www.bergernepal.com/product/detail/24.
2. Keep the rooms properly ventilated
One of the important factors to consider when painting your rooms is to ensure proper ventilation. Make sure to keep all the doors and windows open to let outside air circulate in the rooms.
Another effective way to ensure proper ventilation in freshly-painted rooms is to use ceiling and exhaust fans. Make sure that you or your family members do not occupy the rooms that are freshly painted.
3. Wear proper safety equipment
Whether you are painting your home by yourself or regularly inspecting the work in progress, it’s important to wear proper safety equipment such as a respirator mask/dust mask, safety goggles, and gloves. Make sure that everybody in the painting room wear these safety equipment in order to steer clear of the health risks.
4. Avoid leaving fresh paint near a heat source
One of the must-avoids when painting your rooms is to make sure that you don’t leave the freshly painted areas near a heat source such as a heater, a geyser, a fireplace. This is because fresh paint can combust when exposed to heat sources.
5. Clean the rooms properly after old paint is removed
If you are not new to painting your rooms, you’d know that painters remove the old paint prior to applying a new primer coat. And when chipping off the old paint, a lot of dust and debris gets accumulated.
When cleaning the dust and debris, make sure to use damp cloth pieces. Do not sweep them in order to avoid them from flying off into the air and creating a dusty environment.
Berger Paints Nepal is committed to the idea of a sustainable future. It is for this that our Silk Breathe Easy has low VOC and doesn’t contain lead, mercury, and chromium. To know more about environment-friendly practices, visit www.bergernepal.com/.