Thursday, May 3, 2012

Greener redecorating

When summer comes around people start to complete projects around the house or redecorate.  Here are some tips to keep your indoor air cleaner.
Reducing paint pollution
Reduce pollution from paint application by using brushes and rollers instead of sprayers. If you are determined to use a sprayer, use a High-Volume/Low-Pressure (HVLP) spray gun. As the name suggests, a high volume of air at low pressure is used to atomize paint and this reduces over spray and improves transfer efficiency. These guns are capable of a transfer efficiency of 65 percent of greater.

Green building
You can source green building materials to help your health and the environment. Choosing lower-impact products for home-improvement projects can reduce toxins in the home and environment, reduce waste and preserve natural resources.

Paint storage
If you have leftover paint, you save it for future use. Properly sealed and stored, paint will last for years. Just clean the lip of the can thoroughly, secure the lid tightly, and store the paint can upside down to create a tight seal around the lid and keep the paint fresh until you need it again. If you cannot clean the lip and lid thoroughly, transfer paint to glass jars. Finally, store your paint in a cool place, but where it won't freeze. Even when you can't use it or don't want it anymore, leftover paint can be donated.

Floor coverings
Use wool floor coverings instead of synthetic alternatives; they are more durable and easier to clean. Wool can be expensive, though. Find bargains on wool carpet by looking through remnants at local carpet outlets. Remnants are often marked down by as much as 60 percent or more and the sizes can be adequate to carpet an average room-or have the edges bound to create an area rug.

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