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I need your collective ideas on removing the gasoline smell from a leaking gas can which leaked gasoline in the back of the vehicle. Got any ideas, or tricks that will help deal with the resulting lingering odor?

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Spilled gas on upward facing fabric of folded-down second row seat. Tried repeatedly covering spill area with baking soda and left it in place for a week each time, followed by vacuuming, which diminished gasoline odor, but didn't remove it.

 

Read online about coffee grounds.  Substituted ground coffee for baking soda, allowing successive applications to sit for a week before vacuuming.  Totally removed gasoline odor!

 

Definitely worth the cost of the 12-oz. bag of coffee and the vehicle's robust coffee aroma while it's working over a couple of weeks.

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"Chipster", I have a small car cleaning business and here's what I'd do:   If the gas was spilled onto a carpeted surface, the best thing to do is definitely to remove the carpet from the vehicle so it can be shampooed with detergent, a good brush and rinced with lots of water from a high pressure washer. You might have to repeat this process 2-3 times. After that, let the carpet to dry outside for a few days so the remaining smell will eventually evaporate. If you want (it's up to you) you can buy some car deodorizer and spray some on the finished job before reinstalling it in the car. As for the car's interior metal so you can wash it a mitt, some dishwasher detergent soap, then rince it and wipe it dry with a shammy and that should take care of it. I know it's a job to do but hey…that's what I would do...

Hope this helps, good luck, :2thumbs:

 

Claude. ;)

 

P.S: I just read what "Haz" wrote and I'd say the baking soda might work too… maybe worth a try! :idea:

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