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Redecorating Safely
« on: May 06, 2010, 07:48:04 PM »

There are a few things to know before embarking on house renovation/redecoration if you own a parrot.
All modern materials used for the purpose mentioned above contain some sort of toxic chemical substances so the best thing would be to remove your parrot from the house for 3-4 days while the works are taking place and then you would need to give a couple of days for the house to air and for the fumes to evaporate and escape from the building.
If that is not possible then you would need to select all the materials used very carefully and if using hired workers question them about each and every material, like glues, grouts etc. used in process and find an appropriate parrot-safe alternative if possible. Also if any machinery (especially cleaning equipment) used which contains heating elements you would need to find out if any of them are teflon (PTFE) coated and if so it is best to avoid using those. Some cleaning solutions can contain PTFE as well.

When looking for paints and other materials look for the paints which have zero-VOC (volatile organic compounds), and for labels such as eco-friendly, baby/nursery friendly etc. But even if using this sort of paints the room will still need to be aired for at least 48 hours before putting the bird back in.

Carpets is another highly dangerous thing for parrots - almost all modern carpets contain formaldehyde. Before purchasing the carpet it is best to contact the manufacturer and find out what chemicals it was treated with. Any sort of stain-guard treatment is highly toxic to parrots and can kill almost instantly. Before bringing the carpet in ask to have it aired unrolled for 3-4 days in a shop or their warehouse. If you have carpet fitters ensure they don't use the glue to fit the carpet, but only hardware.
Removing carpets can be just as dangerous and even more toxic than painting the room. Carpets are magnets for dust, toxic fumes, rubbish of all sorts we can't see, including all sorts of bacteria and mold spores. By disturbing it when removing all these harmful compounds end up in the air and will easily get into your bird's respiratory system. That is why  the bird must be removed from the room, the carpets removed, the room aired for 2 days or so and only then returned back.

Some more info:

From http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-housing/bird-safety-tips/remodel-home-safely.aspx

When remodeling a home, you’ll need to think about your bird’s safety, because there are numerous things in new or remodeled homes that can emit fumes toxic to pet birds. Unless otherwise certified, plywood and particleboard contain formaldehyde resins. Sealing exposed plywood with paint or laminates will help reduce emissions. New vinyl tile or linoleum can emit fumes harmful to pet birds, as can the glues and adhesives used to fasten them to floors. Lacquer, varnish and certain types of paint emit volatile organic compounds. Paint and related products are most toxic when they are wet and during the first few days of drying. Choose water-based latex paints to remodel safely, unless they contain aromatic hydrocarbons, cadmium, lead-based pigments, fungicides or bacteriostatic chemicals, most are safe to use in homes where birds are present.

New carpeting, carpet padding and adhesives produce chemical emissions that often include volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as styrene and formaldehyde. It’s no secret that formaldehyde emissions can cause headaches, nausea and other symptoms in humans, so imagine what these might do to pet birds. These emissions are also potentially carcinogenic. Some carpeting is treated with dyes, bleaches, stain and flame retardant, mildewcides and insecticides. Heat, humidity and steam cleaning will often release some of these pollutants into the air. The good news is that such emissions tend to decrease as the products age.
 
You can have carpeting and your birds, too. The following suggestions will help you remodel safely with your pet birds in mind. You’ll also reduce the risk of exposure to harmful chemical emissions.

Choose a low-VOC carpeting material, such as wool.   
Install your carpet over formaldehyde-free sub-flooring. 
Specify that the carpet be loose-laid instead of glued to the floor to avoid harmful glue fumes.   
Use padding made of natural fibers, synthetic felt products or natural rubber. 
Have carpeting unrolled and aired at the store for at least several days before delivery. Open the windows, and air your home and the newly carpeted room for several days before returning your birds to the area.  Keep windows open as much as possible for several weeks.
Instead of wall-to-wall carpeting, use area rugs that can be removed and washed. Tiles and hardwood floors are easier to clean anyway!
While research has indicated that some houseplants may have slight air purification benefits, they cannot be depended upon to do the job. Air filters will remove quantities of dust, dander, some bacteria, mold and other airborne debris from the indoor environment, but they should not be relied upon to remove airborne toxins from the air.  Fresh air is your best air sanitizer.

You’ll also need to periodically clean your carpet to remove toxins, dust, etc. Do this with a steam cleaner that uses only hot water, not chemicals. Remove your birds from the room and don’t return them until the carpet has dried.

Remodeling your home should be fun and rewarded for both you and your birds. Just do it safely
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A List Of Toxic Compounds

Ammonia
Antifreeze
Ant Paste
Asbestos
Auto products
Bathroom cleaners
Bleach
Boric acid
Camphophenique
Carbon Monoxide
Charcoal Fluids
Corn & wart removers
Deodorants
Detergents
Diazinon
Disinfectants
Drain Cleaners
Felt tip markers
Flea Products
Floor Polish
Formaldehyde
Gasoline
Glues (epoxy, models, super)
Gun Cleaners
Hair dyes & sprays
Herbicides
Insecticides
Iodine
Kerosene
Lighter Fluid
Lye
Matches
Metal cleaners & polishes
Moth Balls
Muriatic acid
Nail polish & remover
Oven cleaner
Paint, thinners, removers
Permanents & hair dyes
Pesticides
Photography solutions
Polishes (floor, furniture, shoe)
Shaving Lotion
Shellac & varnishes
Solvents & spot removers
Spray starch
Suntan oils & lotions
Teflon fumes
Wax
Window cleaners
Wood preservatives

Useful links
http://www.ecosorganicpaints.co.uk/

http://www.landofvos.com/articles/wingtips/sickbird.html

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Re: Redecorating Safely
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2010, 08:13:25 PM »

so let me get this right,
 iv got to go grey -no hair dye
smell of B.O-no deodarant
have very white skin-no tanning cream
have borin feet-cant paint toe nails
scratched shoes-cant polish them
i will definatley have no freinds But i wll have the love of my grey  :rofl: :rofl:

good info by the way Irina

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Re: Redecorating Safely
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2010, 08:20:15 PM »

Thanks Irina x
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« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2010, 08:28:05 PM »

thankyou, excellent information as usual  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2010, 08:35:25 PM »

Mandy, you can use all those things  :rofl: just not in the same room with parrots!
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« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2010, 08:36:15 PM »

 :rofl: :rofl: irina i couldnt resist posting that  :rofl:
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« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2010, 04:19:43 AM »

 :rofl: :rofl: Mandy
Great post Irina Thanks  :thumbsup:
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Re: Redecorating Safely
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2010, 09:29:57 PM »

Brilliant post Irina   :ty:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
When I first joined this site I wrote up asking about painting safely, because while weve had Lucky we have always used water based paints, but my hubby was wanting to paint using gloss, so I posted and asked for ppls advice I think you were away at the time.
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Re: Redecorating Safely
« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2011, 12:11:21 PM »

Fianlly an excuse to give James about why I can't do any housework. All the chamicals are on the banned list  :whistle: :whistle: :rofl: :rofl:
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« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2011, 12:17:14 PM »

lame excuse! You can still use soda and vinegar  :puke  :rofl: :rofl:
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Re: Redecorating Safely
« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2011, 12:19:59 PM »

I'm removing that post before I show him  :ignore:
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Re: Redecorating Safely
« Reply #12 on: July 24, 2011, 09:03:38 AM »

That is an excellent post Irina - it is important to consider how everything we do can affect our birds.
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