Gasoline Spilled On Leather Seats - Automotive Interior Forum

I had a little glitch yesterday when I went to upgrade my WordPress blog and lost my forum. I had to do a little work to get the whole thing going for a while, it was all messed up. There were a couple of WordPress plugins that I had to maneuver around and eliminate to get my blog going, but I'm back but with no forum for now. I am in the process of installing another forum that is going to be a lot better and easier for me and you, so stay tuned for that.

Well in the process of all the mess with my forum I had gotten an email from my forum in regards to How to Remove Stains in Leather just before the upgrade from a guy needing help, and I was going to reply to him in the forum but as you read I had some issues. So here's the post that was sent to me and I want to apologize for having to do this in a post but like I have always tried to do is help everyone I can in anyway possible.


I need your help. I had a freaky incident happen where 2 cycle gasoline (gas and oil mix) got sprayed into the interior of my Mazda Miata. The leather seats, and interior door panel were both covered with the gasoline. The leather seats have pinhole perforations in the design and I'm afraid some of the gas might have gotten thru the holes into the padding below. How do I get the gasoline smell out of my seats? Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks Tom

Well Tom the first thing is to wipe up the majority of the gas mix with a towel, that's the obvious, then grab a bottle of dawn dish soap, a bucket of warm water, a sponge, a soft scrub brush and a towel. Mix up a solution of soapy water and get to cleaning. Clean all the effected areas down with the soap and water. This should remove the oil from the mixed gas and the gas as well.

Next let it air out and dry.

The gasoline will dissipate and the smell should go away soon.

Now it's time to condition your leather seat with Lexol Leather Conditioner to return the natural oils back into the leather seats. You might want to hit the vinyl also with with Lexol Vinylex wipes, this will also help the vinyl that might have lost some of the natural oils in it.

Hopefully the gas didn't discolor or spot the leather seats. If it did, you might try scrubbing the whole seat with a scrub brush and your soupy water, this should remove the spots. If not another thing you can try is Lexol's Leather Cleaner, and if that doesn't work then it's time to call your local Automotive Interior Repair Specialist to have the leather seats dyed.

I hope this helps Tom. I can't stand the smell of gasoline either, especially inside a car, yuck. The smell will go away over time though, and the damage hopefully was minimal.

I'm looking to get my automotive interior repair forum up and going in the next couple of days, so keep your eyes peeled for that. In the meantime if you need anything just email me with your questions or even leave a comment at the end of this post.


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Hello looking for some help someone poured 3 or 4 gallons of gas in our 760 li today we called the law they came out made a report and said the detectives would get back to us but what can we do to ever get the gas out it is setting out there now as it was because of it going to rain please help

Wow! That's crazy! I am so sorry to hear about this! What a stupid thing to do. Well now your left with a mess...but there is a clean up as long as there is no damage to the leather dyes or the leather itself, or the dyed trim pieces through out the car. If so those will either have to be replaced or repaired. To clean up the gas all you need is a bucket of hot water and Dawn Dish soap, wipe the entire interior down cleaning thoroughly down in the cracks and wherever the spill occurred. This solution is mild enough to clean up the gas but not to strong to cause you anymore problem from a strong cleaner. BMW uses a water based dye throughout their vehicles and is pretty delicate. Strong degreaser cleaners can damage the dyes, so be careful. The carpet I would pull, but if you can't then extraction is recommended. As far as the smell, after a good cleaning the smell should have dissipated. If not then an Ozone Generator will eliminate the smell guaranteed. Well again sorry to hear about your dilemma, hope you get things cleaned up with no damage.

Talk to ya soon,
Mike - The Interior Guy