Have you set your sights on repainting your bedroom? Your motivation level is high, and you’re ready to get to work! You don an old t-shirt and jeans and have a smile from ear to ear because you envision a beautiful finished product. But hold on just one minute – before you apply your first brushstroke, think about your wellbeing for a moment. You can avoid accidents and mishaps by following these painting safety tips.
Wear Safety Gear
Prepping your walls for paint could require sanding, stripping and cleaning. Protect yourself from flying sawdust and chemicals by wearing goggles, gloves and a dust mask.
Ventilate the Room
To ensure the best possible air quality after painting a room, always choose low- or no-VOC paint. This gives off fewer volatile organic compounds that can cause dizziness, respiratory distress and other symptoms.
Even with low- or no-VOC paint, we still recommend ventilating the room while painting. This means opening a window, if possible, or at least leaving the door open and aiming a fan inside to increase airflow.
Use a Sturdy Ladder
One of the most common painting injuries is falling off a wobbly ladder. If you plan to climb a ladder during your painting project, make sure it’s stable. Metal ladders are more reliable than wooden ones. Also, look for safety features such as non-slip feet and heavy-duty spreaders with a maximum load capacity that can easily bear your weight.
Avoid Plastic Drop Cloths
Canvas is the best material for protecting the floor during your project. Paint won’t seep through and, unlike plastic, canvas isn’t slippery. This is good news whether you’re simply walking around or setting up a ladder on top of the drop cloth.
Don’t Paint Near Open Flames or Heat Sources
If the paint you’re using has flammable solvents, the fumes may combust when introduced to heat or flames. This makes it incredibly dangerous to paint with a fireplace or natural gas water heater or furnace operating nearby. Turn these appliances off if they’re located in the room where you’re painting. Also, refrain from smoking, lighting matches or burning candles until the paint on the wall has dried.
Clean Up Properly
Dispose of any soiled rags, paintbrushes and rollers so pets and children can’t get a hold of them. Save unused paint for making touchups in the future. If you need to dispose of water-based latex paint, allow it to harden completely before throwing it away. Adding cat litter to the paint helps it dry out faster. Oil-based paint is considered hazardous waste and must be disposed of at a recycling center.
Here at the Paint Centers, your safety is our number one priority! Get more pro painting tips on our website or stop by one of our locations in Flint or Grand Blanc, Michigan today. We’ll help make sure your next painting project goes smoothly.