IS IT SAFE TO SLEEP IN A ROOM AFTER PAINTING?
This question is usually asked by homeowners, especially during bedroom painting projects.
There are different answers to these question, depending on the kind of paint you are using.
If you are very sensitive to smell, it is better to go for a zero odor paint. Although it will cost you more, but when dried, there won’t be any odor.
Some families do play it extra safe by opening a window the first night, especially when there are little children.
Although this is a fine idea, yet it is only a non voc paint that is extremely safe for people with allergies and little children.
When you’re done painting the house interior, it is very important to know when you can safely go into the rooms, especially if it is your bedroom.
The odors released by wet paint are usually give off gases as the paint dries.
A detailed article in Ofallonpainter.Com says Most paints can be narrowed down to 3 different types :
If Zero-VOC paint is used, it is perfectly safe to sleep in the room the same day you paint. This kind of paint is odorless and it does not emit toxic chemicals.
If you used a paint with Green Seal logo of any kind, then it has few enough VOC’s and it is harmless to sleep in the room the same day you applied the paint.
Nevertheless, the paint is not totally odorless and will smell for at least twenty four hours after painting. The smell will lessen in 2-3 days if the room is kept well ventilated.
Oil-based or Regular Latex Paint
This types of paint is not eco-friendly and may take quite a bit of curing time. Alhough , after applying the paint, it may dry within 2-8 hours, it could take over 2 weeks for the released toxins to reduce.
If this is type of paint you are using for your bedroom, you should wait at least 2 weeks before you sleep in the room.
In order to play it safe, it is better to use only Zero or Low-VOC paints for all home interiors.