Can This New Interior Paint Really Kill Germs?

What if your paint did more than add color and personality to your room? The latest-and-greatest in paint technology is here, and it could be a choice for your next paint job—paint with sanitizing technology. Here’s how Sherwin-Williams (SW) is changing what it means to update your interior.

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SuperPaint Interior Latex with Sanitizing Technology

Why choose it?

This paint hit the market in 2021, in direct response to everything the world is experiencing. Anxiety over germs in your home is the last thing you should be thinking about, but, unfortunately, viral infections prefer hard surfaces at room temperature second only to the human body. The amount of viruses and bacteria in your home increases with the number of people in your household. Taking charge of your home’s sanitation can be a step toward mitigating the spread of illnesses for yourself and others.

How does it work? 

According to SW, this is an “EPA registered paint that kills 99.9% of Staph (Staphylococcus aureus), E. coli (Escherichia coli), MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), VRE (Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecalis) and Enterobacter aerogenes on painted surfaces within two hours of exposure, and continues to kill 90% of bacteria for up to four years when the integrity of the surface is maintained.”

To decode that language for you, the paint kills several common viral infection offenders within two hours of its introduction to the surface. You should, according to SW, clean the wall when it needs routine cleaning to remove dirt and other regular messes. Cleaning with a regular surface cleaner should not interfere with the paint’s continued sanitizing ability. The sanitizing paint was tested following EPA protocol, and SW results were then validated by a third-party lab to verify its germ-killing claims.

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Reviews and ratings 

Most reviews pinpoint that this paint works well in high-traffic areas, like your kitchen or bathroom. While it’s difficult for a consumer to tell whether it is accurate in its claims of killing bacteria, many are satisfied with the quick application and coverage it provides.

This paint costs about $67 a gallon, making it a bit pricier, but its four-and-a-half-star rating suggests it may be worth the splurge.

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The best color options from this line 

The sanitizing paint is available in 540 shades from the company’s Living Well™ collection of colors that promote comfort, style, and well-being. There are multiple categories of colors, such as balance, focus, and recharge. You’re bound to find one you love, but here are some of the most popular shades to consider.


Soft Apricot- SW 6352

Dutch Tile Blue- SW 0031

Creamery- SW 6358

Loveable- SW 6590


Rainwashed- SW 6211

Silver Peony- SW 6547

Daydream- SW 6541

Topsail- SW 6217


Alabaster- SW 7008

Agreeable Grey- SW 7029

Temperate Taupe- SW 6037

Practical Beige- SW 6100

Our favorite paint manufactures are as follows:

For exterior paint – Kelly Moore Paints

For interior paint – Sherwin Williams

Consider the “New Paint” smell

When choosing your paint, be sure to take in account the smell that comes with it. Sherwin Williams paint has an almost “no smell” when applied.

Especially when getting your house ready to sell. Some people are allergic to the new paint smell. Yes, it’s true. I’ve actually had people leave my open house due to the strong paint smell, stating they were allergic.

Also, consider the smell for your pets in which I talk a little about in the following article – Pro-tips for selling your home with pets.

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