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What is the best way to get diesel fuel out of carpet in a car?

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July 3, 20211 found this helpful

First off, using clean rags or lots of paper towels, blot up as much fuel as you can. Also, if you can access under the carpeting, check if the padding underneath has diesel soaked in too, and if so, your problem just got bigger. Here is some info I found that I hope will help:

How to Remove Diesel Fuel From Carpet and Upholstery
If you managed to get diesel on your clothing and yourself while working on a car, then theres a pretty good chance that you got it on the car carpet or upholstery. We can help you with that.

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For a large spill, you need to determine if it soaked right through it. For instance, if you were working in the trunk, did the padding in the back get completely soaked? Or did the floorboard mats get soaked?

For something that got completely soaked right through, youre going to need a professional cleaner. Of course, if its the floorboard mats, then you can just cheaply replace those.

For smaller spills, you can take steps to clean it up on your own. Heres what we suggest:

Use paper towels to soak up as much of the fuel spill as possible, then safely dispose of them.
Once youve soaked up as much diesel as possible, sprinkle some baking soda over the area making sure thats all covered.
Leave the baking soda there to absorb the odors for 5-6 hours. If you notice that the baking soda gets damp, use a shop vac to vacuum it up and use more paper towels to soak up more fuel. Them re-apply the baking soda.

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Use a shop vac to vacuum up the baking soda once the time period has passed.
Mix together one cup of warm water and some Dawn dish liquid (or Fast Orange). Use a bristle brush to apply this cleaning solution to the stain, working from the edges to the center of the stain.
Once done, use paper towels to soak up the moisture again.
Use a clean sponge or cloth in clean water to rinse the cleaner from the area. Then, dry again with paper towels.
Let it sit for 12 to 24 hours to dry. You can then use the shop vac to go over the area and restore the pile in the carpet.
If this doesnt remove the stain, then you can repeat the cleaning process again until it does.

For stubborn odors, you can leave the windows down to air out the vehicle. You can also use more baking soda or activated charcoal. Im also fan of Odoban, which you can buy at Home Depot.

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I hope this helps yu get your carpet clean.

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Bronze Feedback Medal for 2021. 15 Feedbacks
July 3, 20210 found this helpful

First off, using clean rags or lots of paper towels, blot up as much fuel as you can. Also, if you can access under the carpeting, check if the padding underneath has diesel soaked in too, and if so, your problem just got bigger. Here is some info I found that I hope will help:
www.drivinggeeks.com/.../

THE PART YOU WANT IS ALMOST TO THE BOTTOM.
I hope this helps you get your carpet clean.

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July 3, 20210 found this helpful

Use Lestoil for cleaning and Knock-Out for the residual odor.

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