Last Updated: August 23, 2019
We all paint rooms in our homes to get a new look. You might just be tired of what is there, or you may have dark spots that you need to cover up. Who says that you even need a reason? Why not do it just because you can? It’s your house, right?
You may get excited about your home’s fresh new look, but not stop to think about the smell it will leave. Paint fumes can last for days, especially if you are using oil-based paint. It is recommended that you paint at a time when you can have your windows open for proper ventilation, no matter what kind of paint you are using. Oil-based paint has much more pungent fumes that don’t just suggest ventilation, but require it. It is also wise to wear a dust mask over your face so you don’t breathe in as many fumes.
There are several simple techniques for getting rid of any strong paint fumes in your home. Let’s go over a few:
Don’t throw out the used grounds from your morning coffee. Put them in little bowls and spread them around your room. Coffee absorbs fumes really well. You will need to like the smell of coffee, though, as your room will have that coffee scent.
We may think of onions as having an offensive smell that literally brings tears to our eyes. What we don’t always think of is that onions are also very absorbent and can be used to soak up unwanted fumes. Cut a medium to large-sized onion, any kind, in half. Place each half cut side up in a small dish and put them in opposite corners of the room.
Doesn’t everyone use baking soda to absorb different smells in their refrigerators so that they don’t get into other foods, making them taste funny? It isn’t only good for food smells, it gets rid of paint fumes too. One way to use it is to put some baking soda in several small dishes and place them throughout your room. If you have a carpeted floors, just sprinkle the baking soda onto the carpet, let it sit for a while to do its thing, and then vacuum up the mess.
Water is also known to absorb lingering odors. You could just place a bucket in your room, and it would work just fine. If you want to leave a fresh, clean scent at the same time, throw some lemon slices in the water. You could just use one bucket, but using several containers around the room may be more efficient.
If you add salt to the water, it will increase the water’s absorbing capabilities.
We have already determined that water can absorb, but plain old white vinegar is a super odor neutralizer too. To make a potent concoction to place throughout your home, mix together equal parts of water and white vinegar. Even though vinegar has that tinny smell, it doesn’t stay in the room.
Lighting a candle or two could be a simple answer to your smelly problem. The wax in candles absorbs the smells around them. You can get special odor-eliminating candles that will do the trick, but any candle will do. Get a couple of candles of your favorite scent, light them, and let them burn for a couple of hours.
If the candle is going to be left unattended in a room, we recommend placing the candle in a bowl with a little water in it. That will help make it a little safer to burn. You may also want to keep the door closed so that no young children or pets can accidentally get burnt.
Fans are one of the greatest things since sliced bread. Place one near your window, making sure it is pointing towards the outside before you turn it on. The fan will suck the smelly air in one side and blow it out the window on the other side.
Now that your room has a nice clean look, you’ll also want it to have a nice fresh smell. Any or all of these items will help you get rid of offending odors. You don’t even have to wait until you are done. You can use them while you are painting if you can find a spot where your container won’t be in the way. You can use just one of them, or combine them together. The only ones that won’t work well together are the candles and the fan. It’s hard to keep a flame lit with a breeze blowing on it.
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David Janus is the founder and CEO of Paint Sprayer Magazine. He has over two decades of experience in the spray paint industry and still enjoys writing about new products and technologies.
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