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Question DetailsAsked on 12/25/2017

how do i get rid of gasoline smell safely from cloth recliner?...

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If just surficial smell from someone sitting on it with clothes which had some gasoline embedded in the fabric (but not liquid at that time), then a foaming upholstery cleaner like Woolite and others make should do it - probably take two applications and vacuuming off after dry to get it to unnoticeable levels. Of course, try a spot on the lower back or such to be sure it will not piull the color on the fabric first.

If it was spilled on the fabric or the clothes had liquid or very recent gas spillage on them, then I would say you could try the above (assuming this is not such concentration that it is strong-smelling so an explosion hazard with the vacuum) just don't count on it working. But if it penetrated the fabric or the padding/cushion foam as a liquid, I would say no way to clean it effectively because especially the napthalene and napthenates especially will outgas for years, and are readily detectable by human nose to less than 1 part per million - for lower concentration than we can detect most chemicals. In that case, while a wet-process or dry-cleaning process by a commercial carpet and upholstery cleaner might work, for concentrated contamination you will probably have to remove the fabric (which might be able to be dry cleaned to remove it, or might be just as easy and economic to replace it) and replace the padding/foam seat cushion.

Notae on "wet process / steam upholstery cleaning - generally that should not be done on any recliner with electric recline/boost, or with electric heat, for obvious reasons.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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