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Fuel Oil Odor

Identifying the Odor


  • The home previously was heated by Fuel Oil and the tank was in the basement. The house still smells like Fuel oil.
  • The Fuel Oil tank in the basement leaked for years.
  • The Fuel oil tank in the basement overflowed when filling it.
  • The Fuel oil tank has not been used for years but it still smells like it.
  • The concrete is discolored even after we cleaned the floor.

Odor Elimination

Eliminating Fuel Oil can be a lengthy process but can be very successful if all steps are followed thoroughly.

  • Use a Wet vac to extract any excess fuel oil that might be pooled in places. The wet vac might have to be cleaned multiple times when finished before it is put back into use.
  • If using any type of absorbing cloth when soaking up the excess fuel oil, keep in mind they might have to be disposed.
  • The next step is to purchase a quality floor dry used in auto mechanic repair shops.
  • Spread a health layer of floor dry onto the fuel oil spilled area and leave it soak up the fuel oil until the color of the floor dry has totally changed.
  • Sweep, scoop or suck up the floor dry with a wet/dry vac.
  • Repeat, but apply a thinner layer this time. This process may take multiple times until the color transfer finally comes close to a halt.
  • When all floor dry is cleaned up, an automatic scrubber should be rented or borrowed for the next process.
  • Mix up an Oil/Degreasing cleaning agent diluted with water with a fuel oil odor attacking additive to be applied through the scrubber tank or poured on by bucket. This Fuel Oil Odor additive is an important ingredient that can not be skipped.
  • Scrub the floor from as many directions as possible ensuring to reach all cracks and crevices where the Fuel Oil was.
  • Extract the soiled cleaner up with a wet vac and dispose of it down the toilet or sewage drain.
  • This process needs to be repeated multiple times until the cleaning mixture does not show any dirty/oily color after the scrubbing process is finished.
  • Once all has been extracted; fans, open windows and dehumidifiers will help dry the concrete floors quickly. The Fuel Oil odor remover might have a lingering odor that is still working to neutralize the Fuel oil. Air out time is necessary for this type of odor.
  • If time is an issue, after the floor is dry and the humidity is on well on its way down to 40%, an Ozone Generator can be used to start the ambient odor removal from all hidden areas that did not get deodorizing attention.

Last Updated: May 31, 2012

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