April 3, 2024

We are all too familiar with the smell of freshly painted walls especially when we are painting the interior of a property.  This causes a lot of debate and uncertainty when it comes to deciding on planning your next painting project and can force an extra expense such as a holiday to remove yourself from the property at the time of painting. However, there are ways you can help to get rid of the new paint smells.

The odour of fresh paint comes from the evaporation of solvents in the paint; the smell will disappear once the paint is dry and the solvents have fully evaporated. However, it is easier than you think to get rid of new paint smells after your professional paint job and you will most likely find everything you need in your property already.

  1. Ventilation

Most importantly the key to eliminating any odours from the inside of your property is by great ventilation.  Be sure to leave all windows and doors open for as long as possible and as often as possible. If you do this in conjunction with any other tip mentioned then you will have an odour-free property in no time!

  1. Coffee

If coffee is your preferred odour then you are in luck.  Freshly ground coffee beans work a treat when placed in small bowls around the room.  Any visitors may get confused and start putting their coffee orders in as they walk through the door.

  1. Charcoal

This is another great deodoriser against odours. Crush some wood charcoal and leave it overnight in containers throughout the room.  In the morning your paint fumes will be gone.

  1. Onions

Not everyone loves the smell of onions so this one is a little riskier but we can assure you it works a treat.  Cut a few brown onions in quarters and place them around the room.  The onions absorb any lingering paint odours.

  1. Lighting a candle

To entirely remove the solvent fumes from your property the most effective way is to light a candle in the room, letting it burn for a few hours.  The flame of the candles helps to burn any flammable components in the paint solvent.  Please note you should never leave a candle unattended and be especially careful if any kids are around.

  1. Water

If you are concerned about the safety issue with burning a candle then simply place a few buckets of water around the room.  This will help absorb some of the paint vapours, helping you achieve a fresh smelling interior.  Although this is a safer solution than burning a candle it is by no means as effective.

  1. Peppermint or Vanilla

These are both great smells which are strong enough to cover up the paint fumes.  If you like these smells then try to place a few drops of pure vanilla extract or peppermint oil on cotton balls, then place these around the room.  For a more intense smell add these oils to small bowls of water.

This article was contributed by Rochele Painting.

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