As others always warn you not to play with fire, we’ll advise you today not to play with the turpentine.
So, if you’ve recently painted over the wall of your house, there are high chances that you have turpentine in your house.
And it is best for you if you just dispose of the turpentine. But the question is how to dispose of turpentine.
Flammable turpentine can be quite dangerous and can be a life-taking threat for you if you don’t take care of the turpentine after you’re done with it.
However, to save you from misery, we’ve figured out ways and arranged how you can take care of turpentine safely.
Trust us and hop on the wagon to dive deep right into it.
How to Dispose of Turpentine
You see, turpentine is used as a common paint thinner. The worst thing about it is it is highly flammable.
Not only the container of the turpentine but also the rags that you use to apply it are also highly flammable.
If the rags have the turpentine on them, they are as deadly as a can filled with turpentine.
So, there are ways to avoid this flammable mess and the numbers are just three.
Method 1 of 3: Take Care of a Can of Turpentine
Let’s see first how you can take care of this whole jar or hazardous item.
Step 1: Let the Container of Turpentine Evaporate
Just like menthol, turpentine evaporates in the thin air. If you have a container that is almost about to be empty, leave the container at a well-ventilated area so that the turpentine can evaporate.
Also, you need to make sure that there’s no heat source near the place that you’ve left the container at. Or else before you know that place is going to be one flame.
Evaporating a jar of turpentine can be like a sloth racing. It might take several hours. The time mostly depends on how much of the turpentine you had in the jar at last.
Moreover, if you used clean paint brushes, there’s more likely to have some paint debris at the bottom of the container.
In that case, you can let it dry out for disposal if there’s less than ½ inch of debris at the bottom. Or else it should be taken to a hazardous waste facility for disposal.
Step 2: Take Fuller Containers to the Local Hazardous Waste Facility
If you have a lot of turpentine left in your container, you need to take it to be disposed of as hazardous waste.
You’ll find some locations in your city or town where you can bring hazardous materials for safe disposal and not burn yourself. If you can’t find the facility, you should check for them in the waste management facility.
You can also search for a hazardous waste facility online if you can’t find one physically near you.
There’s a mistake that most of the people do with the jar which has more than ¼ inch turpentine in it. Most people think that they can let evaporate the whole can or jar.
Well, you’re just calling out more danger if you leave it like that. You see, the fumes are highly flammable and if you let a large amount of turpentine evaporate, it can create a fire hazard too.
Method 2 of 3: Take Care of the Soaked Rags and Other Items
AS most of the time you need to use a rag to apply the turpentine or to cover it, you need to take care of those too. Now, let’s get rid of the rags and here’s how you do it-
Step 1: Put Out Turpentine Soaked Items
So, you need to place the rags and any other items that might have turpentine on them. Then, you need to place those on a surface that won’t absorb the turpentine and be deadly itself.
It’s also better if you keep them out of direct sunlight. Make sure that the rags are placed in a comfortable way and as flat as possible so that they can dry out.
Step 2: Dry and Get Rid of Soaked Items Completely
When you’re drying them, remember to rotate them as they dry. That will help them dry out entirely and it might get your job done faster.
You should check on it after 15 minutes to a half-hour and then rotate it if the top surface is dry. It can take a few minutes or a few hours depending on how much turpentine was on the items.
If the turpentine covered items are totally dried out, then they are safe to dispose of.
Method 3 of 3: Reuse the Turpentine
The good news for you today is that you can reuse the turpentine. Reusing anything is very much environment friendly and you can really consider this method in case of the turpentine too.
Step 1: Let the Paint Debris Settle
If you’ve used turpentine to thing oi-based paint, you can strain them and then reuse that instead of throwing out.
But you must give it some time to settle to the bottom of the container before filtering the turpentine from the can.
Step 2: Get a Container
If you want to strain the paint solids out of your turpentine, you’ll need another container that’s big enough to fit them all. Make sure that the container is made of glass or metal and has a tight-fitting lid.
Also, to strain the turpentine, you can use a coffee filter. This will stop the paint debris to get into the new jar. Then, dry the coffee filter and throw it out safely to avoid any accidents.
Step 3: Tighten the Jar and Keep it Safe
After you’re done pouring the turpentine in the new jar, seal it nicely and keep it someplace safe. Remember that in no condition you can’t let the jar of turpentine anywhere near a heat source.
We’ve just shown all the ways that you can take care of the turpentine. So, now you know how to dispose of it and how you can reuse it.
A piece of advice from us will be that you take extreme precautions when you’re handling such highly flammable items.
Also, remember that calling out for help to a professional can always be better than burning your house down.