Repainting your home is an exciting process, as it gives your house a fresh look without much effort or time. But it's also fraught with dangers in terms of exposure to toxic chemicals and environmental hazards. The kind of paint you buy at Home Depot is typically made with many noxious compounds that can be bad for your health.
But it doesn't need to be this way. There are many options out there for homeowners looking to improve the look of their interior design without coming in contact with poisonous substances. Here are some things to look for when you're purchasing new paints:
- Avoid volatile organic compounds (VOC). These are common in the colorants used in many mass-produced paint brands, and it used to be difficult to obtain products without them or with very low levels. But now it is very easy to purchase milk- and clay-based paints that are just as durable and long-lasting. Some brands include Farrow & Ball, Marston & Langinger and C2 LoVo Paint.
- Make sure to wear skin, eye and breathing protection. Particularly if you're sanding off old paint and wallpaper, the dust can contain some of the toxic chemicals you were trying to avoid by using environmentally friendly products.
- Recycle rags and dispose of them properly when you're finished. Some of the products you use may not be suitable for landfills and should be gotten rid of at a toxic waste disposal center.
Lastly, make sure you pay tribute to green living by painting one of your rooms green!
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