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PostPosted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 7:53 pm 
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Whilst my car was being MOT'd the other weekend (another pass!) the tester has obviously paddled some oil/grease into the drivers footwell. Some of it is on the floor mat, another 'scuff' is on the carpet next to the sill.

Any tips on what to use to get rid? Looking for something that isnt going to leave the carpet soaked, but not the end of the world if I do have to go down that route.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:20 pm 
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I have used lighter fluid VERY successfully to remove oily marks from all sorts of fabrics in cars. It is pure spirit so evaporates quickly without leaving any residue. Squirt it on a clean lint free cloth like an old tea towel and rub the stain.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:39 am 
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Virosol...no ifs no buts
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:51 am 
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Kent61 wrote:
Virosol...no ifs no buts
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OP wanted something that wasn't water based if I read it correctly. Seriously try the lighter fluid, you will be amazed.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:05 am 
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Ask the garage to clean it?

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:10 am 
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And Virosol is proven time and time again on here.
If PhotoBucket hadn't stolen everyone's images you could see it littered through here. Al (Pug) had possibly the very best example...he'd transported an old engine in the back of his wagon and not protected the floor properly...that came out with Virosol.
If you do use lighter fluid (or any other petroleum based solvent) check it on a piece of carpet that is not going to be seen first. Do it in a well ventilated area and please don't smoke in the car for a while...
Probably the very best suggestion is Mikes. Have the garage get it clean :D
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 3:00 pm 
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I can testify to the virosol. Got all sorts of stains out of the boot floor including clank oil. Biggest problem is it then highlighted just how filthy the rest of the load space carpet was and it all needed doing then. Sort of like when someone's scuffs a clean patch on one alloy......

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:33 pm 
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I do actually already have some virosol, so although I like the idea of keeping things dry with the lighter fluid technique.... i like the idea of not spending any money better!

what sort of ratio should virosol be used in on a carpet?


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:43 pm 
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Try Mikes idea first Stu.
Free is always better lol
Try it at 10%...I think that's what I have my alloy wheel mixture at? It's a while since I made any up and the dilution rate has washed off my container.
I think I wrote all dilution rates in the Virosol thread years ago.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:50 pm 
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Kent61 wrote:
If you do use lighter fluid (or any other petroleum based solvent) check it on a piece of carpet that is not going to be seen first. Do it in a well ventilated area and please don't smoke in the car for a while...
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You don't have to worry about checking first, as I said I have personally used lighter fluid (and lighter fluid only not any other 'petroleum based solvent') on all surfaces in cars, including head linings, velour, cloth seats and carpets. I am not recommending it for anything 'oil or grease soaked' but for surface marks, oily finger prints, smears from oily boots on carpets and the like. You won't be using enough of it to worry about 'well ventilated areas' just be sensible about it and it evaporates completely so fast and without leaving stains or residue you won't be able to smell it after a few minutes.

The only proviso is that being pure spirit it will leave a matt finish on hard plastic, vinyls and leather which will then need a bit of polish to bring back to the previous finish.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:03 pm 
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Lighter fluid is also perfect when you want to remove stickers/labels/cellotape etc from anything. It is best bought in the tins that have a pointed nozzle allowing easy application of a measured amount to the area. If you are thinking of using it for large areas it could be problematic as the tins aren't large. It does dry without smell or residue.
Never heard of VIRSOL but will check it out, thanks.
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