Healthy, sustainable and ecological interior paints for a better, healthy room climate and healthier homes
Are you also familiar with the unpleasant smell of new paint that takes days to disappear from freshly painted rooms? Would you like to be able to make full use of the rooms again shortly after painting them without the annoying smell of fresh paint and harmful substances? What a nice idea! With the ecological paints from KEIM, this “wishful thinking” becomes reality!
For decades, KEIM has been committed to developing and producing healthy paints, making a contribution to healthier homes. All of our ecological paints use potassium silicate as the binder and contain no added solvents that could pollute the air. The binder undergoes a chemical reaction resulting in formation of a permanent bond with the substrate, retaining high vapour permeability. There is no unpleasant smell from either solvent or paint, and unrestricted use can be made of the room again immediately after painting.
This ingenious principle was invented and marketed by the trained potter and fervent inventor Adolf Wilhelm Keim. In 1878, he laid the foundation for the company KEIMFARBEN with creation of the first two-component silicate paint. In the decades that followed, KEIM grew to become the world market and expertise leader for mineral building protection. We still keep Adolf Wilhelm Keim's legacy alive today and are proud to make a contribution to healthier homes. Our products and systems stand for sustainable, ecological construction. We take on responsibility for the environment and for future generations.
Our paints are suitable for allergy-sufferers to ensure healthier living in your own home.
Many conventional interior paints contain additional preservatives, such as isothiazolinone. Keim's healthy interior paints do not contain any added isothiazolinone as pot preservatives that could cause allergic reactions in sensitive people such as children or allergy sufferers. The alkalinity of the silicate binder makes this possible. Paint products based on other binders do not have this natural preservation effect, so that preservatives are usually added to make these interior paints last as long as possible. The preservatives can then trigger allergies.
Regular audits by independent institutes such as the Institute for Environment and Health (IUG) confirm that Keim paints are safe. We always have pioneered healthier paints for healthy homes. KEIM Biosil has been on the market since 1983 as the first silicate interior paint suitable for allergy sufferers, with no added preservatives, plasticisers and solvents, while also being highly vapour permeable.
In 1998 KEIM received the TÜV environment label, followed in 2003 by the "Suitable for allergy sufferers" certificate (IUG). In 2004, KEIM was the first manufacturer anywhere in the world to receive the "natureplus" quality label for its KEIM Biosil interior paint. This label has much more stringent requirements for construction products and materials than the "Blue Angel" and gives guidance to consumers and building professionals by identifying and verifying the best products on the market for sustainable and ecological construction.
In contrast to conventional emulsion paints, mineral interior paints by KEIM do not form a dense film on the surface that impairs vapour permeability. Moisture contained in the air can diffuse unhindered to the surface and does not condense on the wall. This permits the best possible regulation of room humidity with the wall surface remaining dry and permeable, resulting in far better air quality in all rooms of the house. The vapour permeability and alkaline composition of our paints ensure that the house offers no breeding ground for mould. The high alkalinity inhibits mould growth without needing to add any toxic biocides or other toxic chemical substances. Ecological construction can be so easy!
Whether living rooms, bedrooms or studies; in kindergartens, schools or hospitals – rooms, houses and buildings painted with mineral paints by KEIM let everyone breath freely with a reassuring feeling of safety.
Natural mineral paints are the best for ecological construction and ensure unpolluted air in rooms. KEIM interior paints are very efficient and offer unrivalled durability as well as a lovely mineral-matt appearance and unsurpassed radiance. The potassium silicate binder developed specially by KEIM is transparent, with colour pigments that are effectively embedded in glass. In contrast to milky synthetic binders in conventional emulsion paints, their "mineral luminosity" shines unhindered from the wall. Our range of colours extends from classic, stylish and natural shades through to strong, expressive colours for healthy living in your home. In addition to KEIM colour charts, all kinds of colour samples can be used as templates.
Our paints are not only healthy but also particularly safe in an emergency. They are non-flammable and do not support the spread of flames. In the case of fire, they do not emit any toxic gases or harmful substances.
Have you heard of the fogging effect? Dark spots can often be seen above radiators or in the corners of living rooms. They develop as a result of household dust and volatile organic compounds such as plasticisers. Mineral paints from KEIM do not contain any added plasticisers so they are free of substances that cause the fogging effect. It's quite easy – naturally mineral and healthy!
One source of good guidance in the jungle of the many construction products and materials on the market is the website of the Sentinel Haus Institute. Here clients and planners find a broad overview of construction products for building healthy homes, products that have been tested by independent, recognised testing institutes. Numerous KEIM products are officially recommended by the Sentinel Haus Institute.
In addition, the natureplus quality label also enjoys an excellent reputation and is recognised throughout Europe. When a product is awarded the label, this confirms that it complies with high quality standards in all areas relevant to sustainability.
Other awards such as the "Suitable for allergy sufferers" certificate illustrate the highly significant role that our products play for healthier homes.
KEIM's vapour permeable mineral paints have always contained only components that are harmless to the environment and that can be used for ecological, sustainable construction. 65 products in 4 product groups have received the Cradle to Cradle Certified® certification in silver and have also been awarded the Material Health Certificate at the Gold level!
Our sustainability data sheets give a detailed overview of all certificates and ingredients of our respective products for sustainable, ecological construction.