Mike asked: How do I remove charcoal lighter fluid that has spilled on the carpet? It has spilled on the carpeted wheel well of my car. It is a 4×3 feet area.
Lighter fluid is a solvent and is often recommended for cleaning messes from carpet. It can, however, affect the appearance of carpet or dissolve adhesives that may be holding it together. If you find discoloration after a lighter fluid spill, the best thing that you can do is give the area a good cleaning, but with the understanding that the effects may be there to stay.
You Will Need:
- Folex Carpet Cleaner
- Clean absorbent cloth or paper towels
Steps to Remove the Stain:
- Before you begin, spot test Folex in a hidden area. Do not proceed unless the area is colorfast.
- Spray Folex directly on the stain. The heavier the stain, the more you will need to use. However, do NOT soak the carpet. Doing so may cause the stain to bleed into the carpet pad or lining. This will make the area difficult to dry completely before mold and mildew start to form.
- Work the cleaner into the carpet with your fingers. Do not use a brush, as bristles may damage the carpet fibers. Folex is non-toxic and will not irritate skin for most people without pre-existing conditions or known sensitivities. Rubber gloves can be worn if preferred.
- Blot the carpet with a clean, white cloth or white paper towels until most of the moisture has been removed. It’s important to use white towels so that no color from the cloth is transferred to the carpet.
- Repeat if necessary.
- Allow to area to air dry completely.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Folex is indicated for use on colorfast carpet or any area that can be safely dampened with water.
- Folex is recommended because it does not leave a sticky residue and does not require rinsing or vacuuming. If you prefer, you may substitute another carpet cleaner of your choice.
- For a little extra power in your cleaning attempt, use a steam cleaner made for carpets. This will help pull the stains and residue out from deeper into the carpet. It is also much more efficient than blotting.