How to Get a Turpentine Smell out of My Carpet

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How to Get a Turpentine Smell out of My Carpet
Turpentine is often used to clean paintbrushes and other craft items (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

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.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Fan
  • Baking soda
  • Vacuum cleaner

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

    Vacuum up the baking soda with a standard vacuum cleaner.

  4. 4

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

Tips and warnings

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

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