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Re: [Shop-talk] How to remove fuel oil smell?

To: "J.C. Hassall" <>
Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] How to remove fuel oil smell?
From: Donald H Locker <>
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 2010 02:08:27 +0000 (UTC)
I would think an activated charcoal filter would adsorb fuel oil vapours very 
effectively.  May have to let it work for a while, but a few kilos should clean 
the whole house in short order.  If you can place thin layers close to the most 
affected areas, it should work wonders.

----- Original Message -----
From: "J.C. Hassall" <>
Sent: Sunday, January 3, 2010 5:23:33 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: [Shop-talk] How to remove fuel oil smell?

What's a good way to remove the smell of home heating oil which has been 
absorbed into soft furniture, etc?  We have a unit which had a minor 
fuel spill last summer, which wasn't completely cleaned up.  The 
residual vapors have permeated everywhere they can.  I've tried 
localized spraying with Fabreeze, Lysol spray, etc.  Those sprays work 
locally but aren't suitable for nuking the whole house.


Jim Hassall
Blacksburg VA
'63 TR4 in autox preparation
99% finished, 90% to go
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