Creosote Stains on Carpet

How do you get creosote out of carpets?


February 6, 20090 found this helpful

This is a tough one, as it must be dissolved, which takes the stain deeper. After getting all you can by mechanical means such as scrapers, paper towels, etc., you can try a solvent such as a d-limonene-based (not a water-based with d-limonene) cleaner in small amounts, followed by brushing with an old tooth brush, then sopping it up as thoroughly as possible with paper towels, which then toss. Many repeats will be necessary.

Some paint thinners may work, but most won't. Some paint removers that are based on soy derivatives may also work. There is some danger that the stain remover may attack the carpet. Test a small patch in an inconspicuous spot first. You may need to use a water-based cleaner or laundry cleaner to get out the solvent cleaner, and the whole house may smell for some time. Be careful, as the creosote likely contains carcinogens.

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February 8, 20090 found this helpful

First, try plain old rubbing alcohol. If that doesn't work, try Goo Be Gone or Oops - you can buy those at Walmart or any paint store.

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February 10, 20090 found this helpful

I'm not sure how it would work on creosote, but the Dollar General store, and also the $.99 store sells a cleaner called AWESOME. It is just that. Works on almost everything and doesn't damage fabrics, carpets or vehicles. Also there is no bad odor.

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