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How to Paint Safely When You Have Pets

Homeowners want to make sure they choose a paint that not only fits their house but also fits their home – all of the things that make a place your own. For many folks, this includes a four-legged friend. When it comes to home renovations, you need to consider that it’s your pet’s home, too.

Consider the smell.

Our pets, especially our dogs, have keen senses of smell. You wouldn’t want to choose a paint that bothers your pet’s sniffer! Look for paint that is designated as “pet safe” or are either low or no VOCs. “VOC” means “Volatile Organic Compounds” and is what gets released into the air when you paint. VOCs can cause headaches and dizziness. A low or no VOC paint releases either few or no harmful chemicals into the air.

We would suggest going with Sherwin-Williams Harmony Interior Acrylic Latex because not only is it a zero VOC formula but it also has microbial elements that help kill odor-causing bacteria. This would be great to keep your pup and your home happy.

Prevent problems by preventing contact.

The most important first step is to keep products out of reach. Accidental ingestion is the most dangerous part for your pet. In fact, it’s a pretty good idea to just keep pets out of the room entirely. If you talk with the 360° team before they begin painting, they can give you a timeline so you can plan ahead for how to distract your fur babies and keep them out of the painting space.

They’ll be able to work with you to ensure the proper precautionary measures are taken to keep your pets safe.

Ventilation is key.

It’s good for everyone to make sure and ventilate the room – the 360° painting professionals are up-to-date and aware of any potential painting hazards, including the need to ventilate. Because pets can get sick if they ingest paint even when it is drying, paint furniture outdoors. This makes it easier for you to protect your pets from themselves! (e.g. they won’t be able to chew on any table legs!) And it’s always a good idea to monitor your pets’ conditions throughout the painting process. If anything appears off – if they get lethargic, stop eating or display any unusual behavior, make sure they haven’t had exposure to the paint!

Call 1 (866) 99-PAINT to make sure that your home and your pets get the best paint service possible! 360° Painting always has your back.

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