Protect Yourself and Your Family Against VOCs
Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are a range of chemicals used to enhance the quality in products such as paints, solvents, cleaning agents and adhesives. The problem with these chemicals is that they emit gases from liquids and solids at room temperature, and can off-gas up to years after application creating a potentially hazardous environment for those breathing in that air. The gases being released can trigger a variety of harmful physical reactions, including asthma flare-ups, allergies, headaches, dizziness, skin irritation and more.
Fortunately, many paint manufactures have become aware of the dangers and risks these paint products pose and have become dedicated to providing natural alternatives without compromising the quality of their product. Heavy hitters in the paint industry such as Benjamin Moore are renowned for their no-VOC Natura line, and other large painting companies such as Miller Paint and Sherwin-Williams (both of which have locations here in the Lehigh Valley) have joined the Health Product Declaration to show their commitment to providing a safer alternative. Behr, the Home Depot house brand, comes in more than 4,000 different colors, with zero-VOC versions of semi-gloss, flat interior, eggshell and base finishes. It’s very evident that the consumer demand for safer products is driving the market and putting pressure on painting contractors to deliver healthier alternatives.
In addition to choosing zero-VOC painting and adhesive products, there are a number of things you can do to protect yourself and your family against the hazardous effects of VOCs –
- Ventilate: Ventilation can significantly reduce VOC exposure, especially when rooms have been freshly painted. Same goes for installation of new carpeting or vinyl flooring. In addition to opening windows and doors, you can increase ventilation by using fans to bring in outdoor air. Plants can also help maintain a healthy indoor environment.
- Choose non-toxic cleaners: Commercial cleaning products tend to contain a number of chemicals that can cause problems for those who are sensitive to these ingredients. There are a many non-toxic options to choose from by companies such as Seventh Generation, Meyers and Dr. Bronner’s that are both safe an effective. You can even make your own cleaner using distilled vinegar, baking soda, water and essential oils for safe, non toxic fragrance.
- Avoid vinyl if possible: Choosing blinds, wallpaper, and shades made of wood or metal is much safer than using vinyl as it creates persistent toxic pollution including dioxin.
- Select safe flooring: Solid wood, bamboo, cork and linoleum are the healthiest flooring Epoxy floors are also an eco-friendly choice. If glues or floor coating/finishes are required, choose ones that do not contain VOCs and follow instructions exactly as they appear.
As the premier painting company in the Lehigh Valley, we are proud to share our commitment to going Green and providing safer painting service alternatives to keep our clients safe and healthy.
If you are looking for an experienced Northampton & Lehigh County painter then please call (484) 821-7112 or complete our online request form.
Ryan Amato - Amato Painting and Power Washing
Ryan Amato is a man driven by his values, first and foremost. As manager of Amato Painting, Ryan’s leadership is one of trust and commitment. His relationships with his team are as important as those with his clients. His motivation to provide professional service is driven by a dependable workmanship that secures their reputation of being the best at what they do. No matter the size of the project, Ryan is adept at meeting deadlines and budgets.
As an award winner for his outstanding painting work, Ryan’s projects have been featured in the Sherwin Williams Quarterly Industry Magazine. You can find his contributions to the painting community across numerous blog sites and on his YouTube channel. With a true passion for his craft, Ryan is driven by so much more than the bottom line. He lives in Easton, Pa with his fiancé Michelle, his two teenagers, Preston and Ryenn and his dog Duncan who stars on the company logo!