Proper Ventilation for Interior Painting
If you decide to go the DIY route when interior painting in Austin, then you must be sure you are practicing proper safety! Simply put, you need good ventilation when you are doing a paint job in your home, business, apartment, etc.
Box fans will be your friend when it comes to making sure you have proper interior painting ventilation. If you already have one or two of these bad boys, even better! If not, purchasing some from your local hardware store shouldn’t set you back too much. Make sure the box fans are properly held up and sturdy in case they are bumped by you while painting. Are the fans all set and mostly resistant to falling? Good, now point the fans to an opening that leads the paint fumes away from you. Preferably, point them to an open window. Speaking of windows…
Opening up as many windows as possible is a great idea. More open windows means more fumes going outside and away from you face! But don’t just stop at opening the windows in the room you’re painting, also open the windows in the rooms right next door or in the hall of the room you’re painting. What if you don’t have any windows where you want to paint? Then be sure to consult a professional painter. Still want to handle a windowless (or nearly windowless) interior paint job on your own? In that case, it may be recommended that you should only paint windowless areas in small doses at a time and with the proper respirator.
Wearing the right respirator never hurts for when you choose to do an interior paint job. As hinted at above, a place that has poor ventilation can be cheated by using a high-quality respirator. Don’t spend a dollar or two on one of the cheap, paper ones. Read reviews online to make sure the one you are going to purchase is worth the minor investment. Expect to spend $30-$40 for a pretty decent one. Even if you weren’t expecting to spend that money, the plus side is that you’ll look like a cool sci-fi character when you wear it. Painting with friends or family? Make sure they are protected as well, again, in the case that your ventilation is no good. Follow proper safety rules when wearing the respirator – you should be able to find these rules included with the product.
So, to wrap things up, make sure you open the windows, place some sturdy box fans around and wear a respirator when you do an interior painting project in Austin. Thanks for checking out our blog today! We hope we’ve been able to inspire you to take on a creative, interior painting project of your own!
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