A fresh coat of paint can make the world of a difference to a room, but not always in the way you want. A lingering paint smell can make being in rooms uncomfortable so follow these tips for getting rid of paint fumes to make your next decoration project a (fresh) breeze.
How to get rid of paint smell in houses
Not sure how to get rid of paint smell in houses after redecorating? All it takes is a few simple steps:
- Open windows when painting indoors and leave them open for a few hours after
- Use electric fans to circulate air if you can’t open the windows
- Avoid painting multiple rooms on the same day so you don’t feel locked out of rooms while they dry
- Use scent absorbers like baking soda to help freshen up newly painted rooms – sprinkle it on carpets and put it in plates and bowls around the room to absorb smells
How to get rid of paint smell in a room with poor ventilation
If you can’t open a window to let the paint fumes out then try using absorbent ingredients as a way to get rid of paint smells.
- Lemon. Place slices of lemon in cold water to replace nasty paint fumes with a fresh citrus scent. This works best when the buckets are place close to the wet paint
- Baking soda. Pour a generous amount onto a plate or into a bowl and put it close to the wet paint. You may need a couple of plates of baking soda for a whole room
- Charcoal. Fill a small bucket with charcoal and place it near the wet paint to allow it to help get rid of paint smells