Sunday, October 05, 2008

How Do You Get Gasoline Out of Car Carpet?

That's the question I've been "Googling" for the past 2 days because yes, I managed to spill a 1/2 gallon of gasoline in the passenger floorboard of my car on Saturday morning. I know...Why did I have a gas can in my front floorboard anyway? Because my sweet brother offered to mow my yard on Saturday, and I told him that I would make sure the lawnmower had gas first. Of course it was empty, so I took the only gas can I could find in the garage, and went to fill it up. Little did I realize (until it tipped over) that the cap was cracked. I can list all of the things that officially DO NOT get gasoline out of car carpet...no matter what Google tells me:

1. Baking soda
2. Coffee grounds
3. Febreeze
4. Shampooing the carpet and shopvac-ing it
5. Shampooing the carpet and shopvac-ing it again
6. Shampooing the carpet and shopvac-ing it one more time...
7. An excessive amount of perfume
8. Leaving all of the windows open for the smell to evaporate
9. Pet enzyme spray (this actually might've helped a little bit)
10. Vinegar
11. Setting a cake pan with vanilla extract in the flooorboard. (This one I'm still trying...and I'm hopeful!)
12. Prayer

I guess I'll do the only thing I can do, which is to take advantage of this "high" I'm on from all of the fumes. WOO HOO!!!!!! If anyone has any other ideas, I'll obviously try anything.

15 comments:

Natalie said...

When you find a solution please share it with us. Keri had a gas can in the back of his car that spilled and after having it professionally cleaned and leaving the windows open for 3 weeks it still stinks!

campers said...

awww that stinks!!! no pun intended! Hope you get it out!

WestTexasConservative said...

I once spilled ham juice out of a pan in my passenger seat while on the way to a Thanksgiving party at work...my seat smelled like ham for about 2 years. Good luck!

Brett and Erin said...

I'm so sorry! Have you found anything that works? Does it smell?

Dyan said...

Well said.

Anonymous said...

try dry laundry detergent

Anonymous said...

Wow, just did this yesterday with a 5 gallon can and about 2 gallons of gas spilled in the back of our custom Yukon XL. Did you ever find anything that worked?

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Who cares what doesn't work!! What a waste of a click this was. I'll let you know when I find useful information and not some bored person dying for something to type about.

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Guy Fitzhenry said...

Gasoline stains are tough to clean, primarily because most cleaning materials does not have the chemicals that can help in evaporating such dirt. My wife and I also exhausted all possible options that friends suggested. It's a good thing that in Delaware County, commercial carpet cleaning is available. In most parts of the country and in Delaware County, carpet cleaners provide the best solution to various carpet stains and odors. They clean the carpets. Leaving them looking new.

If the last option that you've listed fails, I guess that's the best time to resort to professionals. Saves you time and effort. Thanks!

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Becky said...

yes I am the dork who did the same thing. Spilled about a gallon of gas in the back of my suv. Did anybody find the solution?

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