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
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Things you need
- Baking soda
- Vacuum cleaner
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.
Tips and warnings
- Keep the area ventilated during the cleaning process.
- The vinegar smell will dissipate on its own.
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