How to Get a Turpentine Smell out of My Carpet

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 spilled 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.

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Turpentine is often used to clean paintbrushes and other craft items

Step 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.

Step 2

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

Step 3

Vacuum up the baking soda with a standard vacuum cleaner.

Step 4

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