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Question DetailsAsked on 4/29/2017

We recently had a bathroom wallpapered and it smells like puke. Is there anything we can do to get rid of the smell

The bathroom is small, no windows. It is actually the downstairs powderroom which had previously been painted. Please let us know if we should remove the wallpaper or if there is something else that can be done to get rid of the smell. It smells like vomit.

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Answered 3 years ago by Member Services


If there were drywall repairs done first, here is a previous question with answer which addresses that - and since that answer I have hit the replusive "puke" odor in two different brands of drywall compound which either had excessive sulfur or had started growing bacteria or algae or whatever in them.

If not, then evidently the wallpaper or the adhesive (either the adhesive itself, or reacting with underlyuing paint or drywall).

You could wait a week or so to see if it dissipates adequately - or call the contractor and tell him the odor is unacceptable and makes the work product unmerchantable (legalese for saying it does not do the job it is intended for or is unsuitable for the use - in this case because of the odor).

Of course, he will not be happy to either replace it with different wallpaper of your choosing (of the pattern) and adhesive, or taking it off and redoingthe paint job underneath to take it back to original condition before he started AND refunding your money.

I can't imagine, other than letting it outgas with maximum bathroom ventilation, that there is anythying you can actively "do" to remedy this.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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