How to Get a Turpentine Smell out of My Carpet

Updated November 21, 2016

Turpentine, manufactured from the resin of pine trees, is often used to thin out paint and is a common ingredient in varnishes, wax, fuel, outdoor lighting and other cleaning and craft products. If turpentine gets spilt on a carpet, the smell may linger even after the turpentine has been cleaned up. Removing the smell from a carpet is possible with a few items available at hardware or grocery stores.

Open up doors and windows to provide ventilation to the area. Place a fan near the carpet surface to move the air and reduce the smell.

Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda on the turpentine spill area and leave for an hour.

Vacuum up the baking soda with a standard vacuum cleaner.

Repeat steps 2 and 3 as necessary until the smell is gone.


Keep the area ventilated during the cleaning process. The vinegar smell will dissipate on its own.

Things You'll Need

  • Fan
  • Baking soda
  • Vacuum cleaner
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Meredith Jameson writes early childhood parenting and family health articles for various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from San Francisco State University.