Any paint, whether interior emulsion, exterior paint, or texture paint, has compounds that give off irritating fumes. Houses recently painted are especially vulnerable to the annoyance of a new paint smell which can cause difficulty breathing and throat, nose, or eye irritation.
Most of the time, odors may be eliminated by increasing airflow. However, sometimes odors linger for longer than usual. How, therefore, can you ensure safer enviroment surroundings with quality air or eliminate the lingering smell of spray?
Here are some strategies for eliminating that lingering paint smell.
Apply Baking Soda
Baking soda is the best natural odor absorber we have at home. It acts as a dehumidifier and cleans the air by soaking up harmful gases and odors. So, disperse baking soda in the affected areas by pouring it into different containers and leaving it there.
When baking soda loses its odor, you may flush it down the toilet or run it via the waste disposal channels to quickly clean your pipes.
It’s a good idea to mask one offensive smell with another. Therefore, cut an onion in half lengthwise and leave each half in the freshly painted room for a day or two.
Thus, the odor threshold is lowered due to the interaction between spray fumes and the compounds that cause tears when slicing onions. If you use onions in a recipe, don’t eat them or try to reuse them afterward—instead, throw them away immediately.
Consider applying activated charcoal if you’re having trouble eliminating unpleasant odors from a room. They have been used for decades as an effective odor absorber in homes without any safety concerns, thus will leave your home spray fume free and fresh.
While painting, keep a pail of water with a couple of slices of lemon in it in the room. The water will absorb the paint fumes, while the lemon will ensure your room has a clean, lemony scent.
So, use more bowls and strategically place them around the room if the area exposed to the spray paint fumes is extensive. The lemon water will need to sit out overnight to entirely absorb the lingering smells.
Use Natural Extracts
Vanilla and peppermint extracts are two of the most outstanding natural options for masking paint odor and reviving stale air. Spread the extract around the room by placing cotton balls doused in a few drops on each in separate bowls or saucers.
Even better, you can add peppermint or vanilla to the paint before beginning the job to help reduce the paint’s pungent smell.
Vinegar and Water
To remove the spray paint, leave a mixture of vinegar and water in several dishes in the affected area overnight. You can use apple cider vinegar if you don’t have any regular white vinegar on hand. As an acid, vinegar dissolves and decomposes odor particles, rendering them inert.
Candles with a pleasant scent can mask the smell of fresh paint. The candle’s fragrance will quickly and easily dispel any unpleasant odors in your home quickly and easily.
Candles come in a wide range of fragrances, from subtle to overpowering, so you can pick one of the high scents and light them up during or after painting.
What you need as a homeowner is quality and a healthy environment. Therefore, ensure you hire skilled painters who will give your home an appealing new look and ensure you and your family are safe from any potential dangers of infected air.