Protecting your sanity and pets with interior house painting is not an easy job. Pets have a great sense of taste. Painting your home interior walls can be a quick fix for dirty old painted walls, but it can also create big dilemma for them.If you have any pets like cats, dogs, or parrots, then don’t put them at risk of inhaling the smell of chemicals in paints. Even the safest paint products cause serious skin irritations and bellyache to the pets. Therefore, you should follow some of the tips and tricks to stop them from inhaling it. Otherwise, painting and pet treatment can cost you an arm and a leg.
There are a number of important questions you should ask yourself before painting with pets.
#1 – What Room You Are Going To Paint ?
Whether you are painting a bedroom, tv lounge, guest room or garage of your house, you have to keep the pet in another safe area of the house. To stop the pets from coming inside the painting room, you can serve them with some food, water and their favorite play items to keep their attention diverted. It would be the easiest and safest trick you can do with your pets.
#2 – How Many Family Members You Have?
If you have any family member who loves to sit and play with pets, then you can ask your family or a friend to sit with him with some snacks and pizza bites offerings to the pet. On the safer side, you should look for the safety of your friend and family member too if he or she is allergic to the pets.
#3 – What Kind Of Paint Should I Use?
If you place your pets next to the room you are painting, then it would be crucial to consider the safety of pets from the toxic paint product material. If you are thinking of painting with pets in the house then always use low or zero volatile organic compound formula paints. Such kind of paint has low-odor that will not affect the pet behaviour and also keep your workspace more favourable for everyone in the house. Long story short, use the pet friendly wall paint.
#4 – How To Protect Your Pet While Painting?
Of all other options, the best way to keep your pet safe when painting your home is to remove it from the house. Talking in particular, board them while the work is being done or lend them to pet sitter for a day or two. If sending the pet to another person is not your choice, then you can also keep them in a secured room for one day with plenty of water, food, shade etc.
#5 – Do I Need To Be Prepared For Emergency Situation?
This question doesn’t need answer as you should always be prepared before doing anything that could potentially affect your pet. You should have a veterinarian, or an emergency medical center number to call to tackle with any misfortune like pet jumped into the paint. If you will induce vomiting to the pet, it will add insult to injury by causing aspiration pneumonia or ulcers.
Your acts should be based on the severity of paint toxicity, otherwise, your pet may have to be hospitalized (rare case).
#6 – When And How To Clean Up The Room?
Once you are done with the painting of your house through the professional painters on Cape Cod, you can bring your pet to the freshly painted room. Nevertheless, it would be wise to wait for 24-48 hours for the paint to dry before letting the pet come in, so that they don’t damage the wall paint by licking, climbing or lying on the painted surface. This will also ensure that your pets don’t have adverse reaction to the paint.
Meanwhile you can remove the paint cans, brushes, rollers, tarps and any other painting kit tools because these tools could also pose as potential choking hazards to the pets. As you know, pets easy access towards the garbage is common, therefore, it is better to discard all the items outside garbage area.
#7 – Do I Still Need To Pet-Proof My House Walls?
Yes ! there is no way to make all your painting job all a waste. To keep your walls neat and shining, use the higher sheen of the finish of paint to make it more durable. In this regard, semi-gloss paints are the easiest Non-VOC products to clean. Moreover, matte finish is also another great option that can be easily washed and much better for masking imperfections.
#8 – What To Do If Pets Make The Wall Dirty?
Key to keep the walls tidy is immediate stains clean up. If your pet does mess scuff or dirty up your walls, then immediately blot the stained area with a mixture of one liter water in ¼ cup of white vinegar.
# 9 – Are Paint Fumes Harmful To Pets?
VOCs of the conventional paints is the root cause of indoor air pollution. But paint fumes affect on the pets is harmful as they can irritate your cat eyes, respiratory system, nose and throat. If the cat inhaled the fumes, it would start feeling dizzy and nauseous. At that moment irritation goes away when pet moves into the fresh air.
# 10 – Can My Pet Sleep In Freshly Painted Room
Paints with “ Green Seal” logo of any brand have few or less VOC. Therefore, it is harmless to let the cat or dog sleep in the room the same day paint is applied. As you know, dogs are very smell-driven, strong paint will certainly draw their attention towards the newly painted room. And if by mistake, dog sniffs it, he will start licking it which is very harmful for pups, of course. But the smell of the paint lasts from 1 to 3 days, if the room is kept ventilated day and night.
#11 – Why Should I Hire Painting on Cape Cod ?
For the best decision regarding what paint is safe for pets, you should contact Total Care Painting, a local painting contractors of Cape Cod Ma. We will not just guide you but also can help you do the perfect paint while you enjoy a day in the park with your cherished pet. We are certified painters and proficient of the potentially toxic paints that should be avoided for pet house. Contact us to get the best for your pets, if you are the pet and paint lover.