The Best Interior Paints To Use With Kids And Pets In The Home

18 September 2018
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Repainting and redecorating your home can be a lot of fun. You can either DIY or hire professional painters and wallpaper hangers. However, if you have children and pets at home, you will need to take that into consideration when choosing paint. The following kinds of paint are best when children and pets live in your home.


Dogs have been known to lick wet paint. Cats will stick their noses and paws in it. Kids will attempt to play in the paint and/or touch the wet walls, thereby smearing the paint. What you need, then, is fast-drying paint so that when you paint the lower halves of walls, none of your human or animal babies can mess up the job. Fast-drying paint is usually dry somewhere between fifteen and thirty minutes, hardly any time at all for any kid or pet to mess it up.

High Gloss

A lot of people do not like high-gloss paint because of its sheen, but when you have pets and kids, that sheen is your lifesaver. Everything wipes off of walls that have high-gloss paint, including marker and pet urine. If you were to use flat paint or eggshell paint, you might take some of the paint off the wall with how hard you are going to have to scrub as a result of kids being kids and pets being pets.

Low or Zero VOC 

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are the ingredients in paint that produce the intense fumes. While you are free to choose to expose yourself to high VOCs, it is definitely not a good idea for children whose brains and bodies are still developing. It is not healthy for pets either, whose sense of smell is far more powerful and sensitive to the VOCs than most humans.

Choose paints that are clearly labeled as "low VOC" or "ZERO VOC." Zero VOC is most preferable, but if you cannot get the very specific color you want from a zero VOC paint, opt for a low VOC to reduce fumes and prevent nasal and brain damage. Even with low VOCs, you should keep windows open for ventilation. Your nose and brain will thank you.

When You Hire a Pro

When you hire a professional painter to do the job, you can request the above types of paint. Better still, you go buy the paint so that you know exactly what is going on the walls. Then the pro only needs to bring tape, brushes, rollers, and tarps.

Contact a company like Klenosky Paint for more information.