Paint fumes are one of the top reasons homeowners move paint projects to the bottom of their to-do list. It’s true that certain types of paint can leave odors that linger for days or even weeks after the project is finished. Fortunately, odor-absorbing paint does the opposite. Here’s how it can freshen up your home.
When applied to an already clean room, odor-absorbing paint can neutralize odors from cigarette smoke, mold, mildew, and more. Before you apply the paint, it’s important to attack the root cause of the odor.
Before You Apply Odor-Absorbing Paint
Odor molecules can stick to walls, carpet, and furniture. Smoke can stain once bright surfaces, and mold and mildew can accumulate in humid spaces. Over time, these odors can cause allergic reactions and make breathing difficult. While odor-absorbing paint can mask these odors, it alone won’t fix the problem. Follow these steps to prep your space for painting:
- Steam clean carpets and upholstered furniture.
- Wash walls with vinegar, ammonia, or a specially formulated cleaner.
- Clean mold and mildew with an antifungal spray.
- Inspect your HVAC system and plumbing for leaks, which can cause mold growth.
- Open windows to let fresh air in.
- Remove trash ASAP.
- Clean kitchens and bathrooms regularly.
How Does Odor-Absorbing Paint Work?
After you’ve addressed the root cause of the odors, you’re ready to get painting. Odor-absorbing paint absorbs existing odors and helps block odors from forming. The key lies in its antimicrobial properties. These agents are inhospitable to mold, mildew, and bacteria. Without a place to stick to, microbes won’t survive long enough to produce unpleasant odors. The larger the space painted, the more potent the anti-odor effect. Older buildings in particular can benefit greatly from a fresh coat of odor-absorbing paint.
Hire a Professional Paint Contractor
A licensed paint contractor in Rhode Island can get the job done right. Paint fumes and other unpleasant smells don’t have to be a part of your life. Odor-absorbing paint can help stop odors before they form and keep your home smelling fresh. Call or email your local paint contractor to get a quote or schedule an appointment.
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