Why you should always use special paint in kitchens and bathrooms

Not all paints are created equal.  And with that in mind, you use each room in your home for a different purpose, so no one paint can be perfect for each and every application.

Let’s start with the bathroom. Although many people talk about wanting that luxurious soaker tub in their bathroom, I’ll bet that most people shower, most of the time. If that’s you then ask yourself this; how long do you keep the fan on in the bathroom after you shower? If your answer is anything less than 20 minutes then you haven’t allowed enough time for all that hot and humid air to be extracted from the room.

Over time, that high humidity level leads to the growth of mold and mildew. Even if you clean your home on a regular basis, you may not think to wipe down the ceiling; but I think about it all the time…. Kidding.

Paint manufacturers make paints specifically for bathrooms. These products contain an anti-fungal and anti-microbial additive that retards the growth of these little nasties that end up making your bathroom look grey or even pink in colour.

These additives work because if you use regular paint, mold and mildew get a foot-hold and then get into the paint itself, spreading into the walls behind. Once that happens you’re looking at potentially costly repairs, not to mention a human health problem. Long term exposure to mold and mildew can lead to respiratory ailments.

So for a few extra dollars per gallon, it’s worth it to ensure that your bathroom looks great for years. Also, any good bathroom paint has the extra bonus of an additive that impedes the formation of streaks that you see on walls in bathrooms that haven’t been vented properly.

Newer bath paints also come in low sheen or pearl finishes now so you don’t need to paint your bathroom in a high-gloss paint sheen to avoid these problems.

For kitchens, the same rules apply if you cook a great deal especially frying and steaming. Those cooking methods put lots of water vapour and atomized fat molecules into the air.  Staining is caused by the build-up of of those food items on the walls and ceiling once the vapours cool off.

Now, keep in mind, if your pot of spaghetti sauce explodes there may not be a solution for the disaster on the walls and ceiling.  But if you use a kitchen & bath-specific paint you may have a better chance of covering up for you mistake.  And you might consider taking that cooking class you keep telling yourself you’re going to register for some day.