When you paint your bathroom, you may be anxious about how long it will take to get rid of odors and stains. The good news is that it only takes a few minutes for most paints to start breaking down and releases their scent over time. You can leave your newly painted bathroom for as little as 30 minutes or overnight for up to 12 hours before you are able to shower in that space again. However, if you have had the painting done on a wall that gets a lot of heavy use like for instance an ensuite, you should plan on leaving the room for at least two weeks before using it again. Even if you don’t have any plans to use the space frequently, it is always a good idea to leave your paint job open to the air and give any sealers time to fully cure before using that area again so that any residual odors do not linger.

Stains On Walls

If you have had a new paint job done and you find that there is a stain left behind after the paint has dried, you can remove it by using a cleaner like Murphy’s oil soap. If your stain is more stubborn, then use some laundry bleach to remove it.

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Stains On Flooring

If you have had a spill on your flooring, it is best to let the area dry before using it again. A wet floor is more likely to spread any existing stains, so waiting at least 24 hours and even up to two weeks is recommended before using that room again. For large spills and stains, you may want to consider having them professionally cleaned by a professional cleaner that specializes in paint removal.

Smells In the Air

When you paint a room, the paint is going to release some fumes. The best way to avoid these fumes is to leave windows open to the air. Some odors are also caused by different materials used in the process like paint stripper or epoxy primer. You may notice that the smell of your paint job fades as it begins to break down and sets in over time.

Shower And Tub

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Make sure to leave a few inches between the bathtub and your shower. If you’re in a hurry and want to use the tub, it is recommended that you wait for at least an hour before using the bathroom.

Use a Brush to Test for Staining

It is important to test your paint before you use it on a wall. You can do this by using a paintbrush or rag in the newly painted space. If there are still any stains still present, you may need to re-paint that area over again.

What to Do If There is Still Odor When You Return to Shower

If you are still experiencing residual odors in your newly painted bathroom, then it is recommended that you leave it open to the air for a few days and reapply any sealers or primer. Allow the paint to bake in the sun or place your painting out in front of a fan to help beat out any lingering smells.

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Which Type of Paint Is Causing the Problem?

A paint that is not compatible with the surface it is being applied to will cause a permanent buildup of bacteria and mold. The buildup of bacteria and mold can be reduced or eliminated by using a paint that is made for the surface you are painting.
The type of paint can also determine how long you should wait before getting into your newly painted bathroom. A water-based paint like latex or oil based paint such as alkyd or acrylic will dry quickly, making it easier for you to get in there right away without any lingering smells. However, if you are using a non-water-based painting on a wall that gets lots of heavy use, you should plan on leaving the room open to air and giving any sealers time to fully cure before using that area again so that any residual odors do not linger.

Final Words

A few minutes is all it takes for most paints to start breaking down and release their scent over time. In general, you should plan on leaving your newly painted bathroom for at least two weeks before using it again.

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