Ways to Avoid Paint Fumes

While paint products have come a long from the strong-smelling oil-based ones once used, there is still a concern that smell may be a factor during commercial painting. If the work is being done during working hours, there may be employees, clients, customers or vendors that may not take to the smell well. If the work can’t be done off-hours, there are ways to minimize potential odors.

Buying the Right Paint

The first step is to buy the right paint. There are now many environmentally friendly options that have a minimal or zero volatile organic compound level, which means the product is emitting low gases or none at all. As you plan for your commercial painting job, it’s important to know that low-VOC paints often cost more. Another factor to consider is that regardless of the paint, it smells stronger when it is wet. Any gases quickly dwindle as it dries. To avoid smells, consider having the work done in the afternoon when windows can be open or before people start to arrive in the morning.

New Innovations and Old Hacks

Along with reconsidering the paint being used, there are new products available that can be added to paint to minimize the fumes. Since they are new, it’s still unclear how effective they are or if there are any other effects. Oftentimes, the best solution is the easiest. Baking soda and coffee grounds have long been used to absorb odors. Ventilation is also key. As long as the humidity levels are relatively low, opening windows will enhance airflow. If the humidity is high, consider running a dehumidifier to help the paint dry faster.

When it is time to start a commercial painting, it’s important to consider the people that may be around. Buying low-VOC paints, increasing airflow and finding ways to absorb or eliminate odors are key ways to keep the space fresh.