What To Do To Safely Paint Your Home

What To Do To Safely Paint Your Home

House Painting Denton TX

A seemingly simple and harmless thing like painting your house carries some risks related to the use of paints, solvents, and work at height, which you may not be aware of. It is only a matter of having information, using common sense, being careful, and preventing certain situations.

The first thing is to identify the paint characteristics with which you are going to paint and the safety recommendations on the label indicated by the manufacturer. The paints water or plastic are the most commonly used for interior painting since they are considered easier to handle and less toxic.

The synthetic paints or base oils are recommended to paint the exterior. Their handling is somewhat more complex since they dilute them and clean the utensils; it is necessary to use solvents.

Also, these vapors can be dangerous, so the use of a mask and protective glasses is recommended to avoid respiratory problems and eye irritation. Masks and protective glasses are also advisable in the case of prior sanding of the surface to be painted since the resulting dust can also be harmful.

Suppose in this preliminary preparation process, it is necessary to remove the layers of previous paint with chemical paint strippers, or it is necessary to use sharp tools. In that case, it is advisable to use, in addition to the mask and glasses, thick work gloves to prevent them from coming into contact with the skin or unwanted cuts that may occur.

It is advisable to take breaks with a certain frequency so as not to be exposed to paint fumes for a long time and, of course, if at any time while painting, you feel headaches, watery eyes, dizziness, nausea, fatigue or shortness of breath, leave everything right away and take a break outside to get some fresh air.

If you are painting at a certain height, or are going to paint the ceilings, use a suitable ladder. Better use a scissor one and make sure that it is always wide open and seated on firm ground. Also, control where you place it to avoid accidents. Never behind doors that can be opened, or near open windows that favor a possible fall into the street. Wear shoes that grip well and do not cause slipping on the steps. And don’t lean on or hold onto unstable or fragile supports. 

Last and always:

  • Read the labels and instructions on the paint cans carefully.
  • Don’t mix paints if you are not sure of their compatibility.
  • Be careful of any sharp or pointed edges on paint cans.
  • Always keep paint containers tightly covered when you’re not using them.
  • Protect floors better with fabrics than with plastics as they are less slippery.
  • Get rid of paint chips properly. Do not pour them anywhere, not even down the drains.

If you take all these recommendations into account, the experience of painting your house will be pleasant and will pass without any problem. 

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