Question: What will get rid of paint fumes fast?
Answer: The fastest way to remove the smell from a small room is by opening windows or using a portable air purifier. However, if you need some short-term relief in an interior space and don’t want to try ventilation, consider odor neutralizers such as baking soda (or sodium bicarbonate). Mix the powder with equal parts of warm water in a bowl or bucket. Sweep or vacuum the mixture onto surfaces. Let it set for about 20 minutes before vacuuming again. This method works well if no more than one coat has been applied and the carpeting hasn’t been prepped for painting — although not generally recommended, it’s also safe on most flooring.
This method may be useful if you need something quick to get the smell out of a room while you’re waiting on some ventilation or an air purifying system to arrive. But in the long term, vacuuming and sweeping with baking soda will only work for fresh paint odors — ones that have just started emanating from a freshly painted surface. Because it doesn’t absorb the toxic fumes from paint solvents, after a few days baked-on odor can build up on your flooring and carpeting. So after one or two cleanings, you’ll want to use an EPA-certified air filtration system or buy stronger odor neutralizers such as Febreze which are designed for more stubborn smells like cigarette smoke and pet odors.
Open your windows and ventilate the room as much as possible to air it out. Burning candles can help you neutralize the smell in the room too. There are commercial products on the market that can be sprayed into your ventilation system and have a pleasant fragrance which helps to eliminate the toxic paint smells from your indoor environment. After painting, take time to clean brushes, ladders and other tools with hot soapy water or toss them in a tub of warm water filled with laundry detergent such as Tide or Joy. Diluted white vinegar is another good cleaning agent for getting rid of lingering paint
Other methods for removing toxic fumes: opening windows or using a portable air purifier.
How do you take out the smell from new paint? What will get rid of smells from newly painted rooms? Baking soda neutralizes odors in carpets, too. When used properly, baking soda can help remove lingering paint fumes . It’s also safe on most flooring (not recommended if there’s been any prep work done before painting). Here’s what you do: After thoroughly vacuuming your carpet with a vacuum that has a HEP filterA, sprinkle baking soda on the carpet and let it set for about 20 minutes before vacuuming again. This method works well if no more than one coat has been applied and the carpeting hasn’t been prepped for painting — although not generally recommended, it’s also safe on most flooring.
At Ethereal Painters we only use VOC-Free paint so you don’t have to worry about toxic fumes. Call us at 604-505-2745 for your free quote. Alternatively, fill out our free estimate form here.