One of the easiest ways to update your home is by adding a fresh coat of paint in your rooms. With paint, the color and character of a room can easily be changed. Instead of buying new furniture, painting a room is much less expensive and can be done more frequently. You can even change the room’s paint job each year! But with fresh paint comes the problem of smell. Paint smells are not only irritating to the nostrils, but can also be loaded with plenty of chemicals that can lead to lung diseases. Here’s how you can minimize and remove paint smells.
Ventilation. The first key to removing the scent of paint in a room is to ensure that the room is properly ventilated. Make sure that all of the windows and doors in the room are open. If possible, add in an electric fan and put it in swivel mode. This will ensure that the paint in the room dries quickly, and will help to push out the smell out of the room. For minor paint jobs in a room, opening the windows for a few hours or overnight will sometimes even be enough to eliminate the scent.
Vinegar. Vinegar is not only a potent and very inexpensive household cleaning tool, but it is also great for neutralizing odors. Vinegar can be placed in a large and flat bowl or a baking pan. Position the pan filled with vinegar right at the center of the newly painted room and allow to sit for around 24 hours. The vinegar will interact with the paint smells and neutralize these. Keep in mind that vinegar also has a powerful smell of its own, and that the room may get the acidic smell of vinegar after leaving the pan for 24 hours. However, vinegar smells are very easy to remove. Just open the windows and the smell should go away in a few minutes.
Baking soda. Another classic household item that is used to remove odors is baking soda. A lot of people place small dishes or bowls filled with baking soda in refrigerators because of the odor absorbing properties of baking soda. You can also take a pan or plate and fill it with baking soda. Again, place it in the room and allow the baking soda to absorb the smell overnight. Apart from the smell of paint, you can also use the baking soda to absorb the smell or cigarette smoke in a room.
Charcoal. Just like baking soda, you can also use charcoal to minimize the smell of paint in a room. Just place the charcoal in a small dish and place in strategic parts of the room, such as in corners. For long tern odor absorption, you can even line indoor flower and plant pots with charcoal, which will keep the soil moist and which will absorb the odor in the air.
With these steps, you can avoid the strong and acrid smells that most paints have. In just a couple of days or hours, you should be able to move your furniture back into the newly painted room and enjoy the updated look of your room.