“How long to I need to wait before it’s safe to use the newly painted room?” Homeowners ask our professional painters this every day. Your home is your haven and where you spend most of your time, and this is an important question. Although the best answer depends on what kind of paint is being used, it’s reassuring to know that almost all house paint is safe.
Interior paint types
The majority of interior paints can be narrowed down to three different types:
- Zero-VOC Paint: If Zero-VOC paint is used, it is perfectly safe to use and even sleep in the room the same day it is painted. This paint is virtually odorless and does not emit toxic chemicals. Our experienced painters recommend two great VOC-free paints are Benjamin Moore’sNatura and Sherwin Williams Harmony.
- Low-VOC Paint: Any paint with a “Green Seal“ logo of any kind has few enough VOC’s that it is harmless to use the room the same day the paint is applied. However, the paint is not odorless and will smell for at least 24 hours after painting. Typically the smell will lessen in 2-3 days if you keep the room well ventilated.
- Oil-based or Regular Latex Paint: Paint that is not eco-friendly or oil-based may take quite a bit of curing time. Although the paint may dry within 2-8 hours after painting, it could take over 2 weeks for the released toxins to abate. If you are using this paint for a bedroom, you should wait at least 2 weeks before sleeping in the room. The VOC’s initially released are strong enough to possibly produce adverse health effects if inhaled in a un-ventilated room.
House paint safety
For those of our customers who are most concerned with interior air quality, we recommend using only Zero or Low-VOC paints the home interiors. Homeowners should know that almost any interior paint sold in the US is completely safe. EPA regulations require all paints on the market to be safe for the home, so there is no need to be overly concerned.
Free painting estimates
If you need help selecting the best paint for you, one of our experienced project managers will be happy to help. call us for a free painting estimate and we’ll walk you through all of your options, colors, and brands.