I was taking my gasoline container to the gas station in my car to get
it refilled for the lawn mower and it tipped over and spilled into my
backseat. I cleaned it up with soap and water, but it still wreaks of
gasoline in my car.
Does anyone know of a faster way to get rid of this smell? Air
freshener doesn't help at all, it's more like a temporary remedy. Any
help would be much appreciated.
I don't know of anything whatever that will negate the aroma.
About only way to speed it up would be to remove seat and cover and use
a less aromatic solvent to clean the upholstery and cushions where it
was absorbed. Airing the vehicle well will speed up the evaporation
rate and _eventually_ the volatiles will disperse, but it'll take quite
some time if there was any amount at all.
Of course, a match would work quicker... :)
Turtle wax makes an odor remover spray. check auto parts store. otherwise if
you have turtlewax detailing center near you for $30 you can have it pro
or roll the windows down and park it in the hot sun for a day or too
The problem is likely not with the back seat. Getting it
professionally cleaned won't solve it. The gasoline likely went
through the seat as in under it, under any carpet etc. Think like a
liquid and figure out where it might flow. You probably will need to
remove the back seat to get to it, which isn't that big of a deal. Or
wait a long time...
It's likely that a residue of the gasoline is in the seat foam and the
carpet. Remove the seat and the carpet and turn them upside down so that
the most permeable side of both is facing up and lay them in the sun to
allow UV light to strime them. I'm not sure if having them in a very warm
tent made of plastic with a bit of ventilation provided by openings at the
bottom and at the top. The heat may help to volatize the source of the
odor. It's a crap shoot at best, though. That stuff is reeealy tenacious.
Best of luck to you. Why not post back if you find something that works
longer than a week or two.
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