Furry Friends And Flawless Finishes: Expert Tips for Painting With Pets

If you’re a pet owner planning to work with a professional painting company for a home renovation, it’s important to keep your furry friends’ comfort and safety in mind. Follow these tips to ensure a stress-free painting experience that keeps your pets safe and secure:

Tip #1 Maintain a Pet-Free Painting Area

pets should not be around painting areas

To ensure the quality of the paint job and avoid risks to your pets’ health, keep pets away from the areas being painted.

Potential Risks:

  • Distress. Home painting projects can cause pets to feel distressed due to unfamiliar smells, people, and sounds in their home.
  • Inhalation of Harmful Paint Fumes. Certain paints can be toxic to your pets, and they should be kept away from freshly painted areas until the paint is dry and the toxic fumes have dissipated for their safety.
  • Injury. Tools and equipment on the floor during home painting poses safety risks to pets and painters, including tripping, chewing, and equipment damage.
  • Painting Issues. Pets can delay and lower the quality of a paint job by interfering with the process, damaging protective materials, or rubbing against newly painted surfaces.

For contained painting projects, set up a cozy space for pets in a non-painted area. Make sure to include their favourite toys, food, water, bedding and a designated potty area. For major projects that involve most parts of the home, consider temporarily relocating pets to a friend’s or boarding facility.

Tip #2 Keep Pets Away from Doors

Pets may try to escape when painters frequently enter and exit your home with supplies and equipment. If you are keeping your pets at home during the painting process, keep your pets away from the door.

keeps pets away from doors while painting

Consider using a gate or confining them to a safe area away from the working space prevent any unwanted escapes.

Tip #3 Use Pet-Safe Paints

When selecting paint for your interior walls, always keep safety in mind. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) can be harmful to you and your pets’ health, so it’s important to choose paints that are Low-VOC or Zero VOC. Choosing EPA-approved paints that are Low VOC or zero VOC ensures good air quality in your home and reduces the health and environmental risks associated with VOCs.

Fortunately, the availability of safe Low VOC and Zero VOC paints has increased over the years due to advancements in paint technologies. Today, there are several high-quality and safe EPA-approved paints for all types of painting projects.

Dunn Edwards safe and durable paints

Brands like Dunn Edwards and Sherwin Williams offer high-quality, durable and safe paints that comply with strict safety regulations. Not only do these paints help improve air quality, but they are also durable and long-lasting, making them a great investment for any home.

Tip #4 Wait to Let Pets Sleep in a Freshly Painted Room

If you’re using low or zero VOC paints, it’s generally safe to let most pets sleep in a freshly painted room immediately, but it’s best to wait a couple of hours before letting small pets like birds or hamsters in. For oil-based primers or sealers, wait at least a day or two before allowing any pets to enter.

pets should not sleep in a freshly painted room

However, if you’re using paints with higher VOC contents, it’s crucial to keep your pets out of the room until the paint has fully dried. This process can take days to weeks, depending on factors such as the surface, humidity, and type of paint used.

Tip #5 Regularly Check in on Your Pets

If your pets are staying in the home while painting is being done, it’s a good idea to check on them regularly and watch for any signs of discomfort or distress, such as excessive sneezing, coughing, or lethargy.

If you do notice that your pets are having symptoms of paint fume inhalation, it’s important to act quickly. This could include taking them outside for a walk to get fresh air, providing them with plenty of water to drink, or even taking them to the vet if necessary.

Work with a Pet-friendly Painting Company

At One Way Painting, we understand that your pets are part of your family, and we strive to provide a pet-friendly painting experience that prioritizes their safety and well-being. Our team uses high-quality paints that are EPA-approved and meet all of California’s safety standards, ensuring a safe and healthy environment for you and your pets. We take the time to ensure that our painting process is stress-free for both you and your furry friends, with on-time schedules and daily clean-up.

Contact us today for a free consultation and see how we can help transform your home into a safe and beautiful space for you and your furry friends. Choose One Way Painting for a pet-friendly painting experience that’s second to none!