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Post-Renovation Smells, Begone!

24 Apr 2019 by | | Share

Post-Renovation Smells, Begone!

One of the few downsides to moving into a freshly renovated home can be the lingering odours of fresh paint and glue. Here are some tips for getting rid of the smell.

Light a Candle

An effective way to remove the post-renovation smell of solvents in fresh paint and adhesive is to simply light a candle and let it burn for a few hours. Needless to say, never leave the candle unattended and keep a close eye on any children or pets in the house.


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Fill Some Buckets

Believe it or not, leaving a few water-filled buckets or bowls around the house will help absorb the odours of paint and glue. Some painters swear by a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and water. Others recommend tossing in a few slices of lemon.


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Open the Windows

This may seem like a no-brainer, but natural ventilation is an effortless way of eliminating paint and glue fumes from renovation works. Weather permitting, keep your windows and doors open for as long and as often as possible until the smells are literally blown away. Additionally, invisible window grilleson your windows can help improve air circulation!


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Raid the Pantry

The kitchen is a treasure trove of home remedies and natural cleaning agents. It’s also where you’ll find the key ingredients for many means of banishing paint and glue odour.

For example, small bowls of freshly ground coffee beans, strategically placed around your home, will help to absorb the offending smells. So will portions of a cut onion, apparently. And cotton balls soaked in vanilla and peppermint essence will mask the smell of wet paint and glue until it naturally disperses.


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Buy Low-VOC Paint

Just as ‘prevention is better than cure’, one way to avoid the telltale odour of wet paint, which actually indicates the presence of toxic chemicals in the air, is to simply purchase odour-free or low-VOC paint. Singapore’s leading paint brand, Nippon Paint, sells an entire range of Odour-less interior paint productsincluding Odour-less Anti-mould Ceiling White, which is ideal for our humid tropical climate. Though it may cost a little extra, many homeowners feel that the extra peace-of-mind it brings is well worth the price.


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