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Can I Paint to Get Rid of Smells?

Can I Paint to Get Rid of Smells?

Everyone leaves a bit of themselves behind when they live in a house. For those who smoke, keep pets, or cook with strong flavors, the smell from those activities can last long after they have moved out. Here in the San Francisco Bay area, that leaves many people wondering what they can do to block or remove those old odors. Can painting help get rid of smoke smells or cooking odors?

While paint cannot solve the problem by itself, it is definitely an important part of the solution. Other surfaces that retain smells must also be remediated or replaced, such as curtains, carpets, furniture, and so on. In conjunction with these other efforts, painting can go a long way toward blocking unwanted smells.

How to Paint to Block Odors

In order to effectively encapsulate a smell, you must use a high-quality stain-blocking primer. Sometimes it takes more than one coat, especially for stronger smells. For very strong odors, you need to use an oil-based stain blocker, since these are stronger and more effective. Remember that every painted surface holds the smells, so you need to be thorough in your application.

Once you have applied a sufficient coating of stain-blocking primer and have allowed it to dry thoroughly, you can go ahead and apply your topcoat(s) of paint. For a completely odor-free experience, use a zero-VOC, eco-friendly interior paint.

Now, you can breathe easy, with a healthy, pleasant indoor environment for you and your family!

Painting Solutions in the San Francisco Bay Region

When you have a challenging painting situation, MB Jessee is the company to call. We have been painting homes in Oakland and the Bay Area since 1995, offering unbeatable quality at reasonable prices. Whether you need to paint for blocking odors or stains, or you have other painting needs, MB Jessee is ready to serve you.

Offering interior painting, exterior painting, historical paint restoration, cabinet refinishing, drywall and plaster repair, and much more, MB Jessee is your San Francisco Bay Area house painting company.

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