When repainting and renovating part of your home, there are so many questions that can go through your mind, from “Do I Need varnish?” to how to use varnish, even, to the ideal treatment for hardwood floors. From wondering “do I need varnish?” to considering what type of paint to use, it’s important to keep in mind how to safely repaint your home.
Paint with VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, can actually exacerbate and bring out allergies in people who are sensitive to chemicals as well as allergens. VOC levels of over 500 ppb have been shown to cause issues for people with these types of sensitivities, according to a study done by CBC Marketplace. Low VOC paint can be the ideal choice for paint for a nursery, as babies can sometimes be more likely to show symptoms of chemical sensitivity.
If you’re painting a floor however, other than wondering “do I need varnish?” you have probably also considered whether to choose a paint with a low VOC. Fortunately, volatile organic compounds are not permanent in paint, and in flooring that is more than a year old, it is likely that the majority of the VOCs originally in the paint have now dissipated. If repainting or installing new flooring, it is still a good idea to choose a non toxic paint or one that is low in volatile organic compounds.
Aside from choosing paint that is healthy for you and won’t cause any health problems or exacerbate any allergies or chemical sensitivities, it’s important to put some thought into what color you want to paint your walls or floors, etc, especially if you are in the process of preparing your house to be put on the market. In fact, simply painting your bathroom a shade of blue can cause your house to sell for over $5000 more than it would otherwise. Surveys have also shown that more than one third of survey respondents prefer neutral tones in their home.
No matter what your reason for repainting and redecorating your home, it’s important to use materials that are safe for you and your family. From painting a porch to priming a floor, you don’t want to choose a paint that exacerbates allergies and chemical sensitivities. It’s also important to put some thought into what color scheme you want to decorate your home in. Blue bathrooms and neutral tones elsewhere are overwhelmingly popular, but it’s important to make the choice that best suits you.
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