How to Get Rid of Strong Wood Stain Smells

Written by irene a. blake
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Wood stain products contain chemicals and preservative compounds that have strong odours. Many wood stain ingredients also have a toxic component making them harmful to humans, pets and plants if inhaled as fumes. As a result, it is extremely important that you remove these odours from living and work areas during and after application of the stain to wood items. Typically, removal involves venting or absorbing the smells until they dissipate.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Window fans (optional)
  • Air purifiers (optional)
  • Containers
  • Baking soda
  • Distilled white vinegar (optional)
  • Powdered charcoal (optional)
  • Charcoal filters (optional)
  • Scissors (optional)

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  1. 1

    Turn on any exhaust fans located in the room where you're dealing with strong wood stain smells. If the room doesn't have an exhaust fan, open the windows. If you have any window fans or air purifiers, turn these on as well.

  2. 2

    Fill several containers with baking soda. Place the containers around the room. If you're dealing with stained furniture, place the container on or inside of the furniture.

  3. 3

    Wait 8 to 12 hours, then turn off any fans or purifiers and close the windows. Wait another 24 hours.

  4. 4

    Check the room. If the strong wood stain smells persist, repeat this process or pour distilled white vinegar or powdered charcoal into containers and place the containers in the room overnight. Check the room again in the morning and repeat the entire process as many times as needed until you can no longer smell the stain.

Tips and warnings

  • If you're dealing with a strong-scented wood stained item such as furniture, place it outside if possible during the day to air it out.
  • You can substitute powdered charcoal or pieces of a charcoal filter for the baking soda.
  • Use only volatile organic chemical-free (VOC-free) or low-VOC stains to lower exposure to toxins from wood stains.
  • Always ventilate the room that you're in and wear a mask when applying stain to wood.

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