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Old 12-01-2008, 04:48 PM
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My lab got into something and puked on my cloth seat in my truck. My wifed used some carpet cleaner and Frabeeze but my truck still stinks after leaving the windows down for 3 days. Any suggestions? ;?
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Go to a detaill shop that uses a machine similar to one that you would shampoo your rugs at home with. If that don't do it you can remove the cover and wash it, then replace the foam padding underneath.
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Take the truck to the hand held power wash, plastic cover pretty much everything inside the truck other then the seat in question. If you have power seats make sure you unplug the seat and cover the electrical components. Then wash the crap out of it, then vacuum the water out at the vacuum station.

That or pull the seat and take it to the car wash and blast the crap out of it and then vacuum out the water. A one time soaking down of the seat certainly isn't going to hurt it.
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Thanks guys I was hoping for something easier like another kind of cleaner, but I may have to do it the hard way.
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use large shallow dishes of Vinegar let it sit overnight it will absorb odors.

Large pryex casserole dishes do not need but about 1/4" deep, looking for surface area..


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One of my wife's cats puked up some salmon cat food on my couch last week. It soaked in overnight. She's cleaned it about four or five timis with upholstry cleaner and febreeze. It's getting better, slowly. I think you're going to need to clean it over and over again. Then clean it again. I can still pick up a faint whiff occasionally.
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There are enzymatic concoctions sold at petstores. Petzyme, Natures Miracle, etc. They supposedly neutralize the odor. I use Petzyme but haven't had to use it on upholstery (my uses are on the wood floor or on dog beds / pillows that I can also throw in the wash). May be worth a try. If you have or can borrow a hand held steam cleaner you can use the enzymatic cleaner inside that.
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I guess one could always use an ozonator inside the truck. I know an ozonator can remove cigarette smell and musty odors, therefore it should be able to remove the smell of puke. An ozonator shouldn't take but a few hours to clean the air in the truck.

But in saying that, the smell of puke is coming from organic matter. Removing the smell of the organic matter doesn’t do anything in regards to the organic matter itself, it’s still there. Hence is why I suggested the power washing thing......to remove the organic matter is to remove the smell.
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The theory behind the enzymatic cleaners is that they react with the organic matter making it "inert" (or whatever the technical term might be). For what I've used the Petzyme for its worked, but I've never tried it on vomit on upholstery (vomit on bedding - yes - seemed to work but I also ran it through the washing machine).
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Based on a similar thread a few months ago, OZONE seems to be the agreed upon ingredient for such stinky things.

Search "Reel Boobs" (thats the guy who started the thread) and "smoke" and the thread should come up.


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thanks all! Lots of good info.
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put some dryer sheets under the seats for a couple of months. Worked for a catfish left in a cooler in the trunk of my car.
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Go to Wal Mart in the pet supplies. They have a enzyme based product to remove pet ordors. It works great, just soak the area and let it dry on it's on. I had crabs in a ice checst that leaked on some carpetin a vehical. Once the spill had dried the smell was tough to bear. I had to treat the area twice but it did the job.
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Dump vinegar on the spot and let it dry or vacuum it out after a while. By the time the vinegar scent fades it will have neutralised the puke odor. This works for all organic smells.
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I have a proven method for covering up odors in a vehicle but it involves consuming large quantities of Taco Bell
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FireFly - 12/3/2008 4:43 PM

I have a proven method for covering up odors in a vehicle but it involves consuming large quantities of Taco Bell
Lemme guess - its also most effective on smells in the upholstery ?
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Just spill some of that juice from Berkely Gulp onto the affected area, let sit in a hot garage for three days. Guaranteed to cover that offensive puke odor.





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I'm surprised no one has mentioned this yet...Baking Soda. Plain old Arm and Hammer baking soda. Pour the whole box on the spot and around it and let it sit for a few hours then vacuum it up. You still should clean it up and use some type of scented cleaner (fabreeze) first. Then go to the Arm and Hammer for the final touch.

The reason I suggest this as we have had several puke bombs go off in my wifes suv. We did the fabric cleaner, scrubbing carpet cleaner, fabreeze, lysol, car wash shampoo, and still had a funky smell. My wife dumped a whole box of baking soda on the spots and left it overnight then vacuumed it up and it worked pretty well.

You can always buy a cherry scented tree freshener and hang it from your nose while you are driving around.

Good luck.

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