December 18, 2006 9:42 AM Subscribe
How to get turpentine and its smell out of a worn-out old cork floor?
posted by tiny crocodile to Home & Garden (11 answers total)
So, this weekend my mother decided some shelves in my house needed painting. She splashed paint everywhere then scrubbed the floor with what we think is turpentine - actually a mystery liquid left behind by previous owners, orange in colour and very smelly. The floor is covered in worn out cork tiles which have lost their film of varnish. So they're extremely porous. The house stinks now. I've washed the floor twice and it still stinks. The obvious solution is to rip up the tiles but they're glued to the concrete floor and it's a bigger job than I want to take on in Christmas week. I want to have people over on Friday. It also stings my eyes and nose and I'm suspect it's very bad for my asthmatic boyfriend. Please help! Is there anything that neutralises or removes a turpentine smell?