What are ‘VOCs’ in Paint?
To start, “VOC” is an abbreviation for Volatile Organic Compounds, which are emitted from a variety of building materials, including paint. When paint dries its solvents evaporate, releasing VOCs into the air. This off-gassing is partly to blame for the “new paint smell” following a fresh paint job.
In response to growing concerns about the negative health effects of exposure to VOCs as well as their effect on the environment, companies are offering Low or No VOC alternatives.
Low vs. No VOC Paint
Paints labelled ‘Low VOC’ contain lower amounts of VOC than traditional paint, although they will contain some level of VOCs, often as a result of the pigments and binders that may be used.
‘No VOC’ paints can be an even more eco-friendly option, however it’s important to know that VOC measurements are recorded before pigment is added. Just as with ‘Low VOC’ paints adding pigment can increase VOC levels.
Why Choose Low or No VOC Paint?
High levels of VOCs can impact the air quality in your home, causing eye, nose and throat irritation, nausea, headaches and allergic reactions, among other things. Choosing a paint that has low or no VOCs is can be a great way to cut down on odors and limit your exposure.
Here at Robinson Painting, we discuss with clients the types of paint we will be using for every project ahead of time. Rest assured, we always opt for paint products that are eco friendly and low VOC whenever possible.
How to Remove VOC and Paint Smell From Indoors
After a new paint job, make sure large amounts of the paint products are stored away properly, and that old packaging and any residual paint are discarded accordingly. The best way to reduce VOC levels in your house or building is to open up the airways to allow fresh air to circulate. Choose purifiers and indoor air filters that specifically remove VOCs.
You can also reduce the odor of new paint by setting out bowls of baking soda, coffee grounds, deactivated charcoal, or water with fresh lemon. Soy or beeswax candles are another good option.
Robinson Painting is Here to Help
Have questions about working with no VOC paint? The professionals at Robinson Painting LLC are here to help. Feel free to give us a call today at 866-528-8938 or browse our services page for more information on how we can help with your next paint job.