How to Remove the Odor of Mineral Spirits

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Things You'll Need

  • Clothes pins

  • Stain remover

  • Laundry detergent

  • Carpet cleaner

  • Scrub brush

  • Towel

Tip

Ensure that the area where the solvent has been spilled is well-ventilated. The fumes can be hazardous if inhaled, and the circulation of fresh air will help the mineral spirits evaporate.

Refer to the instructions on the back of your carpet cleaner container before use.

Warning

Do not place a garment that is still wet with mineral spirits into the washing machine or dryer. This is a fire hazard.

Mineral spirits is hazardous if swallowed. Do not allow children or pets near mineral spirits.

Target the source of the foul odor when cleaning up after a mineral spirits spill.

Mineral spirits is a solvent distilled from petroleum. It has a wide range of applications, both in industry and around the home. Because of its dissolving power, it is commonly used as an automotive and mechanical degreaser. In an artist's studio, mineral spirits may be used to clean silkscreen templates or to dissolve collected paint from between brush bristles. If you accidentally spill the solvent on an article of clothing or your carpet, you should clean the area thoroughly to get rid of its lingering odor.

Removing the Odor From Clothing

Step 1

Hang the article of clothing outdoors and allow the mineral spirits to fully evaporate.

Step 2

Spray a generous amount of stain remover onto the spill.

Step 3

Wash the article of clothing as you normally would using a mild detergent. Avoid washing contaminated garments with other laundry.

Step 4

Remove the garment from your washer and hang it outside to air dry. Once it is completely dry, check the article for any lingering odor. Some garments may require several washings before the odor is completely removed.

Removing the Odor From Carpet

Step 1

Allow the solvent to fully evaporate.

Step 2

Coat the spill with a generous layer of carpet cleaner. Allow the cleaner to soak into the carpet for several minutes.

Step 3

Rub the area thoroughly using a bristled scrub brush. Apply firm pressure to reach the very bottom of your carpet.

Step 4

Wipe the area free of cleaner using a wet towel. Follow with a dry towel to absorb any water.

Step 5

Check the carpet for any lingering scent. If you still smell mineral spirits, repeat Steps 2 through 4 until the odor is gone.

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Brandon Getty

Brandon Getty began writing professionally in 2008, with columns appearing in "Thrasher" magazine. He received a Bachelor of Arts in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and lives in Stockton, Calif.