How to Remove Latex Paint Fumes


After painting a room with latex paint, you may notice that the paint fumes linger, even if you have worked in a well-ventilated area. A painted ceiling could be the culprit. Paint fumes rise once the paint begins drying, but the fumes from the ceiling cannot rise any higher. After the first few days of painting, fumes can be quite strong and dangerous to anyone spending prolonged periods of time in that room. Keep you and your family safe by removing latex paint fumes from the air.

Things You'll Need

  • Box fan
  • White distilled vinegar
  • Small bowl or tray
  • Open all of the windows in the room to provide as much ventilation as possible. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, ventilate for 24 hours a day from the beginning of painting until two or three days after completion.

  • Place a box fan in an open window or door so that the fan blows air outside. This helps suck the paint fumes out of the room and disperse them.

  • Place a small bowl or tray filled with white distilled vinegar into one corner of the room. This will help reduce paint odors.

  • Block heating or air-conditioning returns or turn the heating or air-conditioning off while painting. This will prevent the paint fumes from circulating throughout your home.

Tips & Warnings

  • Paint the room when the house is not occupied by family members, pets or small children.
  • Fans may create sparks, which can cause a fire hazard in a room with heavy paint fumes.

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