Tammy said, “My husband spilled tiki torch fuel all over 3 or 4 of our outdoor furniture cushions. These are too large for any washing machine. How can I remove the stain & the odor?”
There are many kinds of Tiki torch fuel, but all of them require purchasing a fluid and pouring it into the Tiki torch, which creates a variety of opportunities for spilling the oil on surfaces. Plus, oil can accidentally spill out of the torches when they are moved around or laid on their side if they aren’t closed properly. However the oil ended up on your patio cushions, here’s how to remove it.
You Will Need:
- Baking soda
- Dish liquid
- A hose with a sprayer attachment
Steps to Remove the Oil:
- Start by covering the stains with a generous amount of baking soda.
- Let the baking soda sit on the stains for an hour, then brush it off. The baking soda will absorb the oil and also is a good deodorizer.
- This process can be repeated as many times as needed to remove all of the oil and smell.
- If you have tried the baking soda several times and it no longer seems to be helping, another option is to squirt some dish liquid over the area and spray the cushions thoroughly with a hose that has a sprayer attachment.
- Let the cushions dry in the sun. It is easiest to dry them if they are standing on one side and leaning against something to allow air flow around them.
- If the oil has soaked deep into the cushions, the smell might persist. If that is the case, get a pet enzyme cleaner, such as Kids ‘N’ Pets or Nature’s Miracle Stain and Odor Remover, and pour as much of the cleaner onto the cushion as there was oil spilled. This is done so that the cleaner can soak as deep into the cushions as the oil did. This method will work the best with green (plant-based) fuels or ones that contain citronella. The process can be repeated as many times as needed.