What to Do With All That Old Paint

It isn’t unusual for homeowners to throw out any old paint they’ve had sitting around for awhile. In fact, millions of gallons of paint are thrown out every year. Unfortunately, not all household paints are safe to simply throw away, like oil-based paints. Discarded paint is a commonly disposed of product in Orlando junk removal, but it’s important to keep in mind what types of paint are considered hazardous and should be disposed of a specific way. Sometimes, homeowners don’t realize their old paint can be reused as well. The best thing homeowners can do before deciding to waste any paint is see if there are any other uses for it first.

There are ways to ensure your old paint will last so you can reuse it in the future. The more airtight the can is, the better. Placing plastic wrap over the opening before putting the lid back on will help in this aspect. Once the lid is firmly placed back on the paint can, flip it upside down and safely store it. Now that you’ve help extend the lifespan of your paint, you’ll be able to use it later. It’s wise to keep this paint handy, as you’ll most likely need it again for touch-ups over time. Interior walls are always getting nicked or scuffed, and having extra paint to fix those marks is convenient and simple to correct. Other ways to use old paint are in any projects you may want to start or you’re already in the middle of.

In situations where you know you won’t be needing old paint down the road, then you’ll probably come to the conclusion of throwing it out. Old paint is part of Orlando junk removal in many homes, but you must know how to dispose of the kind of paint you have. If you have oil-based paint, then it must be disposed of at specific facilities that accept hazardous household waste. Oil-based paints contains resins, pigments, and solvents, and these paints are also toxic and flammable. Latex paint is water-based and can be cleaned with soap and water, meaning it’s not hazardous. In regards to disposing of old latex paint, you can take the lid off and leave it opened in the sun so it’ll dry. Latex fumes aren’t toxic and be won’t be harmful, so once the paint has dried, you can put it with the rest of your trash.

Junk Angel, an Orlando junk removal company, understands that sometimes paint just expires or is no longer useful anymore. So, if you must throw it away, just be sure to do it the right way. For any questions on paint disposal or junk removal, call us at 1-888-80ANGEL.

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