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This may be here somewhere else but can''t find it. Is there any way to get the diesel and the smell out of a boat. Heard about some diesel eating enzyme or something.

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I had a rather significant diesel spill in my bigle last year. I had a bad nut on one of the fiel filters. I used a hand pump to remove all of the fuel/water mix, placed a sock in the bigle and sprayed the entire area with simple green. Pine Sol will work equally well for this type of spill. It took a few weeks for the smell to disipate with a lot of ventilation.
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I had a similar problem the other day. After I had mopped up as thoroughly as possible I sprinkled talcum powder over the affected areas, left it for a day, then swept up. A vacuum cleaner would be ideal. The powder seems to have absorbed the parts that ordinary wiping couldn''t get to.

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Another substance to try is kitty litter. It''s what they use at gas stations for oil spills. Hopefully, the lighter elements in the diesel will flash off quickly while the oilier components will be absorbed by the litter. I''d leave the litter for a while before using an industrial vac to get it out.

Either way, the boat will likely smell for a while because most boats do not have adequate ventilation to prevent smell build-up.
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The main concern I have is the lingering smell. This boat has been sitting closed up for some time with diesel in the bilge(not my boat). The cushions and most of the wood have been stored in the garage. Will that ever go away without ripping out the interior and starting over?

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We had a significant spill on one of the boats I worked on. The smell lingered for a long time. One day we noticed we didn''t smell it anymore. Do your best to clean it up. The Ideas above sound great. I have personally used kitty litter for automotive situations and it worked very well. Make sure to let it vent. Murphy''s Oil soap will clean bright work well and leaves a pleasent smell.
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There are enzymes/bacteria products that eat odors. We have used one product that worked real well.
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Find an oil burner and home fuel supply shop. Their mechanics have a powder that they use when repairing residential heating systems. The powder is poured over the area or you may mix it with water. The odor will dissipate quickly.
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