Is it Safe to Sleep in a Room with Paint Fumes?


When it comes to home-projects or renovations, painting is probably top on your list. A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for a room, especially when you want to redecorate your bedroom or even your kids or babies’ room. This seems like a pretty safe activity to participate in, but paint can be more hazardous than you may even know. Paint contains a mix of different chemicals within its composition including VOCs (formaldehyde, toluene, ethyl acetate, methylene chloride, etc.) and solvents. These chemicals are emitted as gases in an indoor environment and taint the air quality within the space. If you have painted inside a bedroom, the fumes from the paint can off gas and emit into the air for days following the completion of the painting – which means it is crucial to avoid this area, especially sleeping in this room.

Is it safe to sleep in a room after painting and how can you speed up the emission of paint fumes inside your bedroom?

Are Paint Fumes Bad for You?

There are a variety of different paints and ingredients/chemicals within each of these varying types of paint – such as epoxy urea-formaldehyde, oil-based, water-based, and low VOC paint. Depending on the chemicals found in the paint that is applied in the interior of a home, it can result in certain health effects that plague an individual that has been exposed to the paint fumes.

When paint is first applied to the walls it will begin to emit paint fumes during the drying process. The chemicals that are found in the paint will regulate to room temperature and turn into a gas, the gas will taint the indoor air and lead to a strong chemical odor in the environment and potential health issues to those that are exposed to the chemical gases. The adverse health effects that can be triggered by paint fumes include respiratory problems (irritation to the nose, eyes, and throat) and breathing problems (asthma attacks, allergies, and difficulty breathing).

How Long Should You Wait to Sleep in a Freshly Painted Room?

Paint fumes produced from painting can travel inside the indoor environment and circulate in the space for an extended period of time. Depending on the paint that is used within the environment, the paint fumes can range from mild to severe. When oil-based or latex paint is used inside a room it can be quite a process for the paint fumes to off gas. Although the paint may dry quickly the off gassing of the paint fumes can persist for weeks after the paint is dry. This would mean that you should avoid sleeping in the bedroom for at least 2 weeks after painting the room.

Air Purifier to Remove Paint Fumes

The potential effects of breathing in toxic paint fumes can be considerably hazardous to human health upon exposure, and it can produce a bout of significant health symptoms. In an effort to minimize the health effects of paint fumes and protect the quality of the air within this indoor environment, an air purifier will be a resourceful device to place inside the tainted environment.

The EnviroKlenz Air Purifier is an effective air purification device that is able to completely break down and neutralize the harmful chemicals (VOCs) found within paint and paint fumes. The EnviroKlenz technology is a patented earth mineral technology that is capable of capturing and breaking down/neutralizing a broad spectrum of chemicals and chemical odors, as it comes into contact with the earth minerals that interact with the chemicals to adsorb and neutralize the chemical agents from the air.

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