I bought a treadmill on ebay. It's exactly what the seller said it was and
is in great shape except.......... the seller must have stored all his
sweaty dirty laundry on the thing. The tread stinks like BO. I've tried
lysol and fabreeze and it's done nothing. Any thoughts on how to get rid of
this, it's stinking up the house!!! Thanks.
> > I bought a treadmill on ebay. It's exactly what the seller said it
> > is in great shape except.......... the seller must have stored all
> > sweaty dirty laundry on the thing. The tread stinks like BO. I've
> > lysol and fabreeze and it's done nothing. Any thoughts on how to get
> > this, it's stinking up the house!!! Thanks.
In the spa I go to they use "Simple Green" in between clients, but an
ammonia dilution at night. They say the bleach dries out the coverings too
Click & Clack always reccommend a product called "Nature's Miracle" -
some enzymatic stuff.
Definitely put it in the garage, or better yet outside - some sunshine
might do some good, and you don't want anything else picking-up the
Fabreeze is a crock!
Bleach water. 1/2 cup bleach in a gallon of cold water, mix
well, pour into spray bottle, spritz on tread, allow to saturate
and evaporate. Rotate tread, repeat on next untreated section.
Repeat 2 or 3 times as needed. KEEP PETS OUT OF THE ROOM, you
don't want them licking it (and crawling crumb crushers too,
of course.) Don't go too heavy on the bleach, or it will start
to react with the tread (assuming rubber?) and that wouldn't
be a good thing.
Actually Fabreeze works well and is a breakthrough in
chemically neutralizing odors. Since you said you used it
and it didn't work, it could be on the reverse side of the
belt or embedded and/or caused by decomposing rubber.
The best way may be to take the belt off, change it with
a new belt from the mfgr, and thoroughly clean all surfaces
that sweat would drip onto.
That said, you can try band-aid solutions.
Load http://www.ackits.com and click on Evaporator Core Treatment.
That foaming stuff should help neutralize organic odors.
You must rinse with water afterwards.
You could also try contacting a company specializing in cleanups
after fires. They may have some equipment that would work.
I understand that ozone is a powerful oxidizing agent that may
convert the smelly molecules into less odorous reaction products.
Here's a link about how to get rid of skunk-smell.
Maybe the formulae work for B.O. also:
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