Safe Implementation of Carpet Cleaning Spills of Gasoline
Gasoline on carpet is a fairly serious matter so no jokes on this one. If an enormous amount has been spilled on the carpet, you may need to have it replaced as it has saturated the padding. This can be a fire hazard so please contact a professional. If the amount is small, you may be able to take care of the spill yourself.
What you have tried to do was to wash, in essence, oil with water. They do not mix in fact when you attempted to wet clean the area the gas would have chased from the water. Remember that you always want to use the gentlest approach to cleaning a carpet stain first. The solution is to rinse the nonvolatile solvent(gasoline) out of the carpet using a volatile solvent (dry cleaning solvent). Volatility refers to the ability of the solvent to dissipate at room temperature.
This is the only stain on the entire site where higly recommend that you follow all of the listed steps to conclusion. Due to how flammable gasoline is, you really need to be sure that you've removed all of the spill. It only takes a few minutes to drive down to Home Depot to purchase the dry cleaning solvent. Obviously, do the steps leading up to applying the solvent before you head off to purchase it.
Static electricity can ignite the fuel so be sure to act quickly to remove it. First blot up the spill using paper towels. Continue until you've removed as much of the gasoline as possible. Be absolutely certain to dispose of the paper towels in a safe manner as they are highly flammable.
Now take a generous amount of baking soda or kitty litter and pile it upon the spill. Let it remain there for at least a couple hours. It will absorb more of the gasoline as well as reduce the odor. It may be wise to leave it there overnight.
Next apply a dry cleaning solvent, following the instructions on the bottle. Any home improvement center sells them. Ask one of the carpet guys which one he recommends. You need to be sure that it's safe to use on gasoline.Test the affect of the dry carpet cleaning solvent on the carpet before attempting to clean it by placing a small amount of dry cleaning solvent on the terry towel and apply it to an inconspicuous part of the carpet (I.e. under the seat) to see if there is any colour transfer or puckering.
The final step is to mix the detergent solution listed above. Apply it to the gasoline stain with a gentle blotting motion. Remove it by patting with paper towels. You do not want to rub at the stain as it will simply spread the gas as well as damage your carpet. Just blot the solution on using a sponge, and then blot it off with paper towels. Continue until you can no longer smell gasoline. Be sure to dispose of the paper towels in a safe manner as they will be flammable. Dispose of the sponge as well as it will have been contaminated with gasoline.
If you can still smell gasoline after having followed the steps above, you may want to contact a carpet cleaning professional as it may have saturated the padding. It's better to be safe than sorry.
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