Like the rest of the industry professionals, your Myrtle Beach handyman probably strongly recommends the use of non-toxic paint. The main reason for this is that the toxins present in traditional paints do not only cause difficulty in breathing or minor problems in the respiratory system, but they can also cause cancer.
According to professionals, many of today’s commercial paints have about 10,000 chemicals. More than 300 of these chemicals are identified as toxins and at least 150 are cancerous. Another component of many commercial paints that people should be worried about are the volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
What are VOCs and why is your Myrtle Beach handyman worried about them
Volatile organic compounds are unstable and carbon-based, allowing them to easily vaporize into the air. They can cause breathing problems, eye irritation, headaches, and nausea. What makes VOCs highly dangerous is the fact that they can continue to seep out of the paint even after years of applying the paint. And there have been some cases where long exposure to VOCs has led to developing cancer.
What a professional Myrtle Beach handyman recommends as an alternative to commercial paints
Because of the dangers and health risks brought by today’s commercial paints and the VOCs they emit, manufacturers have developed a healthier and safer alternative: low-VOC and no-VOC paints. Aside from decreasing and completely eliminating VOCs in commercial paints, manufacturers are also continuously working to remove other harmful chemicals present in the paint.
Ask your local Myrtle Beach handyman about these healthier and safer paint alternatives. Make sure the paints you buy have a green seal to indicate that they have low or no VOC. These healthier paints are more often used in the rooms of children and infants. This is why they are also referred to as nursery paints.
Other benefits of using low-VOC or no-VOC paints include the following:
- Easy to clean and better for the environment because they water-based
- Leaves little or no odor behind while painting and after the paint job has been completed
- Some also contain essential oils to give off a more pleasant scent
- The application is very easy, no special tool, equipment or skill is needed
Other alternatives to commercial paints full of harmful toxins
If you are painting or staining wood, you can opt to use natural oil-based wood finishes. These provide the same effect as using commercial paints but they don’t leave harmful toxins behind while being applied and after the paint has long gone dry.
Call Gordy the Handyman for professional Myrtle Beach handyman advice on the use of non-toxic paint.
Gordy The Handyman
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577