A beginner’s guide to VOC

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What’s this VOC thing?

VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds.

Or, organic chemicals.

Or, gases released from everyday household products that can be extremely dangerous to you and your family.

VOCs can creep up on you as a silent intruder. They don’t enter through the front door blowing trumpets and tooting horns, announcing their unwelcome arrival. Rather, they can come from smoking, mixing household solutions, your Saturday afternoon dry cleaning, and latex paint.

Here’s where we come in. iiirth wants to help protect your health and ensure the safety of your home’s air quality.

Where do they come from and how do I stay away?

VOCs from new furnishings: these can be avoided if you keep the products in storage for awhile, or maintain a healthy flow of circulation in your home. Increase ventilation by opening windows and doors to let good air in and bad air out.

VOCs from solvents: be aware not to mix together solvents of solutions containing VOCs, which can heighten the toxicity of the chemicals and release them into your air. Your lungs are precious, so do your research or simply stay away and hire someone responsible for the job.

Most importantly, VOCs get released into the air as your paint dries, so choose carefully the amount and type you need. Our painters have got you covered.

To talk to us about a VOC-free paint, and get help for all your painting needs, give us a shout and we’ll give you a reply in 24 hours or less.