Adding a fresh coat of paint to a room or home can really transform the overall look and feel, but lingering paint odours can be very bothersome. It can also take the fun out of the renovation project as when you’re exposed to paint fumes for an extended period of time, they can cause headaches and dizziness.
If you are doing all the painting, do not forget to get some fresh air every so often while painting. And maybe even wear a ventilated face mask to protect your respiratory passages from the paint fumes while you’re working.
The best thing you can do is increase the ventilation and air circulation of the room, but sometimes that is not always a possibility, so check out these tips below for getting rid of paint fumes.
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Charcoal is very well known as an odour absorber. Prepare bowls of crushed charcoal and spread them around the room/home. In just an hour or two, you will notice a significant decrease in the smell. You may want to start setting up the buckets just before painting even begins, so the smell will be captured right away
Place several boxes of open baking soda in the room/s, or fill up several shallow bowls with baking soda and place them throughout the room/house. Just like charcoal, baking powder helps to absorb odours. The advantage of using baking soda compared to charcoal is that baking soda is very easy to find at the grocery store and it’s relatively inexpensive. If the painted rooms are carpeted, sprinkle the carpets with a light layer of baking soda and let it sit for a few hours before vacuuming.
Water and Lemons
Fill up a bucket of water and toss in a few sliced lemons. The water will absorb some of the solvents in the air, and the lemons will add a fresh, clean scent to the room/s. Place it in the room/s while you’re painting, and leave it at least overnight for the best results. You can also add some salt to the water to make it more effective at absorbing odours.
Place bowls of vinegar around the room/house to absorb the paint odours. Vinegar is a very effective natural odour neutralizer.
Place bowls of coffee grounds throughout the room/house to help absorb minor paint odours, and will leave an aromatic coffee scent throughout the space.
Light a candle and place it in a bowl of water for a couple hours. This will help prevent a fire hazard, and the candle will burn the solvents released into the air.
Open as many windows as you can and if that is not possible, then leave the fans running to blow out any solvents from the drying paint.