I'm sure this has come up on here before, but I can't remember what the
best recommended product was. I think something died in my van, and I
need to de-stink it. I pulled the removable seats loose and did an
eyeball inspection, but found no little corpses. Not yet desperate
enough to pull the carpets and interior panels. Used up my remaining
quarter-bottle of Febreeze, too soon to tell if it helped. As usual with
these things, smell is worst after van has been sitting closed for
several hours. Smell arrived with the warm spell a couple days ago.
Will it dry up faster if I leave it parked in sunshine with windows up,
or windows down? And what is best product to saturate the suspect part
of carpets and end of floor heater ducts with? (No stink apparent from
the dash ducts, or seating surfaces, or underside of the seats I flipped
Does simple mold ever smell like decomp?
If I leave it parked outside for a month and drive the spare car, will
the problem eventually solve itself?
Nope, I'm a single male. No little ones ever ride in there. (I needed a
hauling vehicle, and a pickup won't fit in my garage. The removable
seats usually aren't in it, but I had to put them back in to make room
for the snow blower in the garage.)
LOL! We had a car come into the detailing shop as a trade in, a nice Lexus
300, IIRC, and did a good cleaning. But it had this awful *smell*. We used
an extractor on the seats and the carpets, and set off a 'stink bomb' that
is supposed to remove (or at least cover over) smells, and then ran the
ionizer on it for hours. Next day we came in and opened it up and it STILL
stunk to high heaven. We cleaned it with everything we had, and ran the
ionizer overnight, all night. Smelled good when we came in, but an hour
after removing the ionizer the smell was back again. I went for lunch, and
when I came back the shop foreman, who had started on the car originally,
said, "Hey, JJ, check this out!" On his desk was a milk carton. He just
opened it up on his desk and we all almost gagged! It was shoved *WAY*
under the seat and could only be found by crawling in the back seat with
your head to the floor...
I had a mouse climb into my 6 month old Corvette during winter storage and
die, leaving an incredible odor in the Spring when I came to take the car
out of storage.
I ultimately found only 1 way to get rid of the odor based on an excellent
recommendation here on this newsgroup. The solution was to find an enzymatic
odor eliminator used for carpet cleaning, made by a company I believe was
called "Rug Doctor". It is an odorless, clear liquid sold alongside rug
shampoo machines to remove pet odors, etc. It is sold in small
reddish-orange bottles, as are the other carpet chemicals from the same
company (stain remover, shampoo).
It took 3 applications, but the odor is now entirely gone. My earlier
attempts with Fabreeze and other fragrances made the problem much worse and
should never have been used.
I'll look for it, but I will note that the Febreeze I used was the
unscented kind. It isn't just perfume. The stuff in it supposedly hooks
on to the stinky compounds, and chemically changes them to non-stinky.
Leastways, according to their web site. And it has helped a lot already.
On Fri, 20 Mar 2009 03:25:25 +0000, aemeijers wrote:
Did you try checking the undercarriage? You might have some road kill
wedged in somewhere.
How is the weather in your location, warm enough for flies? If so, maybe
their comings and goings could lead you to the source of the stench.
Assuming dry weather, windows down, I would think.
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Use a mild H2O2 (Hydrogen peroxide) solution on the rugs, and try an
ozone-ator overnight. A simple hot water or steem cleaner GENERALLY
cannot sterilize the carpet and underpad - where a lot of smells
My brother bought a Sable wagon. The owner had loaded it with garbage
to go to the dump, then died. Car sat for several months. IT
He bought it cheap enough that he couldn't loose, even breaking it
down for parts. Only had a few thousand KM on it, so he cleaned it up.
It had the ozone in it about 4 times - doesn't smell bad now at all -
2 years later.
Did you check the trunk and under the hood for dead animals? Take
carpet out of the trunk to wash? If no animals, it is most likely
spills or dropped food...had a leaky package from grocery store? One of
the worst food smells, from my experience, is rotten potato. If no
material is found, I would flood the carpet on the floor a couple of
times, let it soak an hour or so, and remove thoroughly with wet vac.
Then keep car open on a nice sunny day to dry out.
It's a VAN- no trunk. No smell under hood, or under dash, or from dash
vents. It could be an old winter spill, since The Thaw only came a few
days ago around here, but I don't eat in the car, and I haul the grocery
bags in plastic busboy tubs, just to prevent things falling out and
rolling away. (BTDT)
Stopped on way home from work today, and bought another jug of
extra-strength Febreze, and dosed it all again, and it seems to be
helping some. Van is sitting in sunlight with windows down right now-
have to remember to put it away come dark so nothing else climbs in.
Here's my guess;
If it's a vehicle that you may not drive every day, and maybe even if you
We're coming off of winter, the mouse colony that took up residence in the
heater box froze to death one very cold night. Now that it's warming up
out, they are starting to rot. Also, they piss in their nests, and it makes
for some horrendous stinking when you are trying to get warm from that
heater. If this is the case, you'll need to pull the heater duct hoses
loose so you can see in the heater box to get the nest out. You may also
need to pull the blower loose in the engine compartment side, because the
whole mess may be on that side of the heater core. Once you remove the
nest, wash out the box with just about anything and the smell will quickly
begin to fade, as long as you got it all. You know, mice simply love jute,
which is found on the backside of most vehicle carpets, and even vinyl floor
mats. It makes excellent nesting material.
Might need to pull the ventilation ducts under the dash.
After the corpse thawed out, probably...
Down, of course -- how else do you expect the smell to leave?
You're going about this wrong. You need to locate and remove the source of the
stench, then thoroughly clean the contaminated part(s). Soap and water will do
just fine. Randomly spritzing odor-"removal" products (which really are simply
odor-*masking* products) isn't going to help.
Activated charcoal (available anywhere that sells aquarium supplies) actually
absorbs odors. Find the source of the stink, remove it, clean the affected
parts, then spread activated charcoal around the area. Vacuum the charcoal up
in a week.
Oh, eventually, sure -- but I doubt a month will do it. Two or three years,
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