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Removing oder from spilt liquid air freshener on seats

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by hexnutter, May 22, 2021.

  1. May 22, 2021 at 7:41 AM
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    Hey guys. This is a good one, the PO spilt liquid air freshener on the bench seat and has gotten into foam. I can't use soap as it will leave a residue in the foam and I cant really use too much water as it will never get out of the foam. Anyone have any ideas?

    I'v heard of this stuff that leaves no residue, Polycol cleaner. I'v used vinegar, turtle wax oxy clean, chemical guys cleaner, must have washed it 5 time and still smells like a hooker.
     
  2. May 22, 2021 at 7:46 AM
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    BTW......depending on the Hooker.....the smell isn't too unpleasant.

    There are other options. Auto upholstery shop could replace the foam in that seat.
     
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    Lots of clean water and a shop vac.. :thumbsup:
     
  5. May 22, 2021 at 3:51 PM
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    The water and shop vac is a great idea, a little worried to get the foam seats wet. Im hesitant to use a degreaser because its hard to rinse the foam. They make some stuff for pets with enzymes in them. And were talking about a Reno hooker, you could get STD's looking at my bench seat.
     
  6. May 23, 2021 at 3:53 AM
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    And you know how a hooker smells because?
     
  7. May 23, 2021 at 4:19 AM
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    Try combining vinegar and baking soda. Vinegar will cut the scent and baking soda will absorb it. Spray the area with distilled white vinegar (could add lemon juice too) and then spread baking soda liberally over the top. Leave for 24 hours. Vacuum up the baking soda with a shop vac and then wash the seat.

    If you’re worried about soap getting into the foam, see if you can get your hands on an extractor, like detailers use to clean seats. It’ll pull most of the cleaning product and water out, the rest will air dry.
     
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  8. May 23, 2021 at 4:28 AM
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    What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. What happens in Reno remains embedded in the backseat forever.
     
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  9. May 23, 2021 at 8:14 AM
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    So I can tell you with quite certainty that getting your seats wet with a graden hose and immediately sucking it up with a shop vac will NOT damage your seats.

    I have a 2008 Sport, and one day while I was driving my Golden Retriever decided it was a great time to take a dump in the back seat..... True story, and before I could do anything about it she had tracked it all over the back seat and got it really ground into the fabric. It was an absolute mess.

    Once I got home and removed what I could with paper towels, I got our the garden hose and shop vac and started wetting and vacuuming the back seat to remove the poop. I did this over and over for about 10 minutes. I got it all out, kept the windows cracked for a few days, and everything was great. No issues, and no water stains. One thing to consider though, the seats in the Sport models are different that the standard fabric, so I can't say for sure it would work on those.
     
  10. May 23, 2021 at 10:04 AM
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    I lived in Tahoe and went to Reno a lot, hooker haven. Whats horrible is you can smell it when your outside the truck. The vinegar may be working however. Ill try baking soda next. I like the shop vac idea, still worried about leaving any oxy clean in the foam.
     
  11. May 23, 2021 at 10:07 AM
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    thats easy...hooker smells like regret and daddy issues. :rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
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  13. May 26, 2021 at 1:54 PM
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    Did you try the baking soda?

    You could also get a hold of an ozone machine.
     
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    Mmmmm that old hooker smell:rofl:
    When I read the vinegar suggestion I was thinking, the smell of fabric softener is much better than the smell of vinegar!:notsure:
    Hopefully it helps neutralize everything. It’s pretty normal for foam seats to be shampooed and vacuumed dry. That’s what they do at detail shops FWIW. Some DIY car washes even have upholstery shampoo attached to the vacuum. Your foam will dry fine as long as it’s not sopping wet:cool:
     
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    I can't believe I never suggested this. I bought one on Amazon for $80 and it does work. Have used it in the house and in vehicles. Be careful to thoroughly air out afterwards, ozone can be toxic.
     
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    As long as vinegar is wet it will continue to have that good ole scent. The odor disappears when it’s dry. That’s part of the reason for liberally spreading baking soda on top after the vinegar application, helps dry it out and will absorb both the vinegar odor and the hooker odor. If you’ve done it right you would be vacuuming up clumpy baking soda afterwards.

    But all this is another good reason to shampoo and extract or wet vac the seats as your last step.

    I once had some cut shrimp for bait in the back of my wife’s SUV, in a little plastic tub. It tipped unexpectedly while open and spilled a pretty small amount of “juice” behind one of the rear seats. We didn’t notice until the next day. In July. And then the smell was abominable. Like death. We got it out with the steps I outlined above, but we did essentially 3 rounds. Hooker perfume is nothing compared to shrimp juice.
     
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    One or the other. Vinegar and baking soda have the habit of neutralizing each other, leaving you with a salty foam. You know, because you're mixing acetic acid with sodium bicarbonate. At least the reaction is fun to watch and stuff, but it isnt going to do as much as straight baking soda.

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    OP, Get yourself a bissell. Its a wonder machine for cleaning upholstery.
     
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    I should’ve been more specific. Spray the area in vinegar solution. Let sit anywhere from 10-30 minutes. Then liberally apply baking soda on top and let the whole shebang sit overnight.

    I don’t mix them together and apply, they each do a different job.

    A Bissell is definitely a good investment, I just like to try and neutralize/absorb strong odors first. Was a helpful technique for mattresses when the kids were little and had a few fun overnight episodes. Got rid of the odor. And the aforementioned shrimp smell.
     
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    Now that makes more sense. It just hurt my chemist brain a bit. :rofl: Carbonates are my specialty, our lab has an industrial 55 gallon drum of reagent grade vinegar in the back. Its our go-to for neutralizing and cleaning the glassware (and countertops, and floors, etc...) I tend to sneak a bottle of that home on occasion. :anonymous:
     
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