Saturday, 24 September 2011

Cleaning up battery acid leak from trunk of car?

my father changed my car battery in march and placed the dead battery in my trunk to dispose of at sams where i bought the new one. me being lazy i never returned it. one day i had to slam on my brakes and i could hear and feel the battery tumble hard. i forgot about it still. last week i finally returned it to sams and found that it leaked on my trunk (suv) carpet but a minor amount. a found a map shriveled, not sure if the acid made the map disinigrate. i used gloves to remove the map so now my trunk is clear. my question now is must i shampoo the carpet? are there any dangers? what do i use to clean the carpet? is it safe to store my pet carriers there, my luggage, etc... or has enough time elapsed that it become unharmful?Cleaning up battery acid leak from trunk of car?wet warn rag with baking soda . ps wear gloves
Cleaning up battery acid leak from trunk of car?
Baking soda and lots of it to neutralize the acid ,but it won't undo any damage that is already done.
Cleaning up battery acid leak from trunk of car?
Use lots of baking soda and then clean the carpet.

If you want to be super safe you can put a cloth or new carpet down on top of where it spilled just in case. I think you could put luggage back there, but keep you pets way (might try to eat the carpet) hope i helped.
Susan by the time you realized all this the carpet was impregnated with the acid (sulfuric) move a place where the acid was and you will see it coming apart. The acid only needs only a short time to do the damage. The map is telling you something. You best bet is to replace the section of carpet. Because anything you put on it even after the baking soda will help it to come apart.
First cover the area with baking soda to neutralize the acid.

Then shampoo your carpet.

It will be fine after that.
Baking soda. Sprinkle a couple of boxes of baking soda on the carpet. Baking soda is a mild base and should help neutralize the battery acid.
You are a lazy kid! Now you want to know if procrastination will save you? Douse the area with baking soda plus a little water to spread it out. Really you should remove the carpet and shampoo it and clean under it too. The acid can burn your skin and eat your clothes.
The carpet still has a low ph value(it's acidic), so it should be treated with caution. To neutralize all you need to do is sprinkle the area with baking soda, let it go for a few minutes, then gently rub it in. Rubber gloves and safety glasses or goggles should be worn. Use a vacuum to clean up. You should then use some water to be sure the carpet is neutralized. The acid may have soaked through to the metal, you should remove the carpet and treat the area underneath as well. Be careful-although the acid in the battery isn't particularly strong, it can cause minor burns to the skin(just flush with water), damage the eyes(flush with water,get medical help), and eat through your clothes. Rinse anything that comes into contact with the acid before disposing. Once everything is cleaned up, it should be safe for storage.
Try using Resolve on it