Problems with paint that smells of cat pee? We can fix it.

Problems with paint that smells of cat pee? We can fix it.

June 11, 2019

We have received several calls from people asking for help with a bizarre issue they are having with a well-known brand of paint. After painting their homes with this paint, an odd smell was noticed that many compared to cat’s urine or rotten eggs.  

 
 

The paint in question is a US brand, which in the UK is sold through a leading DIY chain, complete with an in-store paint mixing and colour matching service. It is also sold through trade outlets, and many of the calls we received were from owners of new-build homes.

The problem was that the company had removed a preservative from its formula (which it has since reinstated) due to changes in EU law which restricted some types of ingredients used in paint. This lead to bacterial growth, which in turn has led to numerous reports and complaints

 

A common problem

This is a well-known issue across the paint industry, experts say. Graham Hill, managing director of ECHA Microbiology in Cardiff, said bacteria can grow in the paint can and release hydrogen sulphide gas, which causes a bad egg small, and ammonia, which can explain the urine smell

 


Little Knights – a beautiful solution

The paint company suggested that their customers could cover the offending walls with two coats of alkaline sealer. We have a much easier solution – simply paint over the offending paint with Little Knights anti-bacterial paint. It will remove any potential health hazard caused by bacteria growth and seal in the bad smells.

What’s more, because Little Knights is the UK’s only independently certified 100% VOC-free paint, you can do so knowing that you are not exposing your family to any potentially harmful paint fumes.

Feel free to contact us or call 01604 781009 for more information.

 

Little Knights

The perfect family paint




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Four beautiful odourless paint finishes

Matte

For a solid, flat and elegant finish that is easy to touch up when required, matte paint is ideal for creating a gentle, soothing finish.  It helps to conceal flaws too, making it a good choice for older walls with "character".

Eggshell

Has slightly more lustre than a matte finish, low-sheen rather than shiny.  This attractive finish resists stains better than matte paint, and is easier to maintain

Silk

Creates an attractive and highly durable high sheen finish, an ideal choice if you want to make a room look bigger.  While it is the easiest to clean (just wipe with a damp cloth) Silk paint’s light reflecting properties do make it more difficult to touch up because any difference in sheen will be apparent.  It will make imperfections in your walls more noticeable, so it is worth investing a bit of extra time on surface preparation to make your walls as smooth as possible.  

Gloss

Even our gloss paint is zero-VOC! An easy-to-apply, non-drip antibacterial gloss paint that provides a hardwearing, wipe-clean finish for interior and exterior wood and metal.  (Please note, the gloss does not share the formaldehyde-absorbing properties of the emulsion paint, but there's still no safer gloss paint on the market!) 

 

Little Knights

Simply the safest paint for you and your family