Tackling the Household Dangers of VOCs In Paint

VOCs – Volatile Organic Compounds – are chemicals which can be dangerous to health and can be found in many household chemicals, including paint. The experts from Teknos explain the dangers and the alternatives

What are VOCs, why can they be dangerous and what can we do to reduce them in the home?

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are the chemicals found inside paint which are released into the air as you are painting. Paint with a high level of VOCs can leave the paint and develop a harmful atmosphere in the home with the risk of causing side effects such as headaches.

To reduce VOCs in the home, you can opt for more eco-friendly products such as choosing a water-based paint over a solvent paint. VOCs in new builds can be particularly heavy with the high number of new materials contributing to the overall load. Therefore, choosing water-based finishes lowers the load and enhances your well-being within the home.

Similarly, what are aldehydes and why can they be dangerous?

Aldehydes are indoor and outdoor chemical pollutants which have the potential to cause adverse health effects on humans. Formaldehyde is a chemical used widely in industries to manufacture building materials and furniture. Examples include building materials, products for household cleaning, personal care products and outdoor pollutants. High levels of formaldehyde can cause irritation of the skin, eyes, nose, and throat.

How can the Nordic Indoor air Purifier technology in Biora Air paint help reduce aldehydes?

The Nordic Indoor Air Purifier binds aldehydes, such as formaldehyde, from the indoor air and neutralises them. By choosing Biora Air for your indoor wall paint, the paint technology results in a cleaner, fresher indoor atmosphere by transforming aldehydes into harmless compounds.

Is Timantti Clean paint suitable for all surfaces?

Timantti Clean is specifically designed for interior walls and ceilings. Because of its BioCote® silver phosphate glass antimicrobial technology which reduces antimicrobial growth, Timantti Clean is particularly suited for high hygiene areas which require regular cleaning and resistance to abrasion.

Can Timantti Clean paint be used at home and in public spaces?

Timantti Clean is a highly versatile indoor paint suited for high hygiene areas in the home such as bathrooms, kitchens, and utility rooms and for public spaces including hospitals, schools, and nursing homes.

Is it safe to overpaint old alkyd and dispersion paint coats?

Yes. Timantti Clean is suitable for repainting old alkyd and dispersion paint coats and can also be applied to primed concrete, plaster, stopper, brick and building board surfaces according to individual instructions.

What is the best preparation routine before painting?

Before painting, it is always important to begin with a blank slate and prepare any surfaces to ensure the paint is applied smoothly. Your walls should be clean, dry, and free of any loose debris. Vacuum surfaces where necessary or wipe them with a tack cloth and ensure picture hooks have been taken out and holes filled in.

How should Timantti Clean painted surfaces be cleaned?

Surfaces should be cleaned depending on their current condition. For any new surfaces, make sure to clean from dust and dirt and for previously painted surfaces, wash with a suitable paint cleaner. To clean hard or gloss surfaces, matt down by sanding and thereafter removing the dust.

What colours are available in Teknos’ Hygienic paints range?

All of Teknos’ decorative products can be tinted to Teknos Interior Colours and can be colour matched to NCS, RAL and BS. You can find inspiration from Teknos’ new Colour Your Story collection which includes a selection of complimentary colours that will create an attractive look in your home.

Where can I find out more about Teknos Hygienic paints?

To discover more about Teknos Hygienic paints, visit our website. There, you will be able to discover more about how Teknos paints can be applied, further details on their hygienic properties, advice on household paint waste and explore the array of colours available. Teknos have a range of stockists across GBI who can offer advice on Teknos paints and help you choose the best paint for your home. To get in touch with one of Teknos’ friendly stockists, click here.

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