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Old 05-19-05, 01:21 PM
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removing gasoline smell...help!

well, went out yesterday to get some gas for the lawnmower...layed the gas can in the back of my car, on the floorboard...got home to discover it had leaked out quite a bit onto my floormat.

so, took the floormat out, luckily it hadn't escaped down into the actual floorboard carpet.

tried to clean the floormat, washed it with detergent and water...then tried carpet cleaner, all to no avail...it still smells strongly of gasoline.

anyone have any idea how to get that smell out of the floormat? (its a standard carpetted type floormat, kinda plush though).

please help!
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Old 05-19-05, 01:31 PM
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Call me crazy but maybe an enzyme cleaner, like what you'd use on cat pee?
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Old 05-19-05, 01:37 PM
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where can i get this enzyme cleaner? and what's it called?

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numanoid, you mean a match??

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Old 05-19-05, 01:40 PM
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What about baking soda? That gets the smell out of anything. Worth a try.
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Old 05-19-05, 01:49 PM
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Won't it evaporate eventually?
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Old 05-19-05, 01:53 PM
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Throw it away and buy a new floor mat. It's not worth the trouble.
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Old 05-19-05, 01:54 PM
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Originally Posted by slateef
where can i get this enzyme cleaner? and what's it called?


Pet supply stores will have enzyme cleaners but you could also try a product called Simple Green. I'm pretty sure it's a multipurpose enzyme cleaner.

Baking soda is also a great suggestion. I'd try that first before spending money on a cleaner.
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Old 05-19-05, 02:12 PM
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Let it air out for about a week or two, then try to soak it in pure simple green, let it air dry some more and that should do it.

Really though, you are better off to buy a new mat
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Mayhap you could just leave the floormat out in the sun for a couple few days.
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Just buy a new car. You know you deserve one.
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Old 05-19-05, 06:42 PM
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yeah, i'd buy a new one (mat, that is), but the damn thing is $150. its one that extends throughout the width of the car's floorboard, in front of the entire back seat (just one large mat, instead of the usual 2).

btw, the car is only 2 years old, so i'm bummed...shoulda taken precautions by laying down some plastic or something.

i found this stuff online, might just give it a try...sounds like an "enzymatic solution".

http://www.rls86.com/about.html

thanks for the suggestions.

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