Many of us here in Portland enjoy sharing our homes with furry, four-legged friends. It adds joy, variety, and companionship to our lives… but it also adds dirt, hair, and dander to our houses! Are there any painting choices you can make that are more conducive to life with pets? Absolutely!
There are two different time periods to keep in mind when you think about painting in a home with pets. There is the project time itself, and then there is the ongoing life in the newly-painted house. We’ll take a minute to consider each of these.
Pet-Friendly Considerations during the House Painting
Normally, we love it when pets show affection and want to be near us. However, during a painting project, this can turn into a disaster! Just picture your cat slinking along a freshly-painted wall, or your dog stepping on the paint can lid and leaving paw prints across your floor.
Whether you hire a local painting company or you go the do-it-yourself route, you need to have a proactive plan for how you will keep your pets safely and happily out of the project area. This is not just during the time of the actual painting, but also as the paint dries.
Indoor air quality is another consideration for our pets. While some people like that new paint smell, we can pretty much guarantee that your pets don’t share that sentiment. That’s why eco-friendly paint is a better choice. Low-VOC and zero-VOC paints do not evaporate volatile substances into your home, making it a healthier place for you and your animal companions.
Pet-Friendly Considerations for the Longer Term
Pets always leave their mark somewhere, whether they are scratching at the door to come inside, or slinking along hallway walls, or shaking off our Portland rain after a walk. How can we paint in a way that is compatible with these realities of pet life?
Using a high-quality interior paint brand is a big part of this equation. Premium paints have better binders that have several benefits:
- They maintain their color better
- They have superior stain resistance
- They hold up to moderate washing better
Also, the sheen of your paint makes a big difference. A flat or eggshell finish is not very stain resistant or scrubbable, while a satin or semigloss finish holds up very well. These are definitely a superior choice for areas where pets are present.
Premium Pet-friendly Portland Painters
Sundeleaf Painting has been serving here in Portland since 1930, offering high-quality services for all kinds of homes and businesses. If you are looking to paint your home, you can be assured that Sundeleaf Painting will take care of you, your family, and your pets. Just share your needs and concerns with us, and we’ll help you craft a painting plan that will be suitable during your project, and for years afterwards.
Call us today, or contact us online for a free house painting estimate!