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Old 04-04-2008, 03:58 AM   #1
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I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good smell remover for car interiors. I've seen mixed reviews on tons of stuff, so I was wondering if anyone has had a particularly good experience with a certain product. My car has smelled like dog/little kids ever since I bought it last summer, and I'd like that to change before this summer

Also, do the sprays that are sprayed into the air circulation system work any better other, carpet type sprays?

I may just remove the carpet and give it a good steam cleaning. I don't know but I want that smell gone!

Thanks for any suggestions!
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At work when I get smelly interiors in, I use an air compresser and blow under all the seats, you never know maybe something is stuck?

But if you are sure it'* the carpet try that stuff you sprinkle on the carpet and vaccum up.

I ususally just shampoo the entire car, floor, seats, etc and vaccum up he extra water and let it dry on it'* own

I have a nuetralizer I use as well, makes it smell good but gets rid of the odor.


I'm glad my Explorer doesn't smell like that..LOL I bought mine from the original owners, some old people. Glad it didn't smell like them either!
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Old 04-04-2008, 08:17 AM   #3
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fabreeze, the whole bottle.

my mom had a stinky bonneville and that cured her car.
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Once you're sure it'* not somwthing physical causing the smell, use a bowl/jar of vinegar. Just let it sit open for a few hours. The car will stink like vinegar for a day or two, but once that smell is gone, for some reason it takes the other smells with it.
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start off clean, pull the carpet and power wash at the car wash. you feel alot better in it when you know the carpet is clean.
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GM sells a product, also. I haven't used it, so I don't how well it works or the cost. They have a TSB on it.

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Interior - Eliminating Unwanted Odors

Bulletin No.: 00-00-89-027D

Date: October 03, 2006

INFORMATION
Subject:
Eliminating Unwanted Odors in Vehicles

Models:
2007 and Prior GM Passenger Cars and Light/Medium Duty Trucks (including Saturn)
2003-2007 HUMMER H2
2006-2007 HUMMER H3
2005-2007 Saab 9-7X
2007 and Prior Isuzu Medium Duty Trucks

Attention: Please direct this bulletin to the PARTS, USED CAR, BODY SHOP, and SERVICE Managers.

Supercede:

This bulletin is being revised to add model years and additional usage information and instructions. Please discard Corporate Bulletin Number 00-00-89-027C (Section 00 - General Information).

Vehicle Odor Elimination

General Motors offers a product that may control or eliminate odors in the interior and luggage compartment areas of GM vehicles. GM Vehicle Care Odor Eliminator is a non-toxic, biodegradable odor remover. This odorless product has been shown to greatly reduce or remove objectionable smells of mold and mildew resulting from vehicle water leaks (as well as customer created odors, i.e. smoke). You may use GM Vehicle Care Odor Eliminator on fabrics, vinyl, leather, carpet and sound deadening materials. It may also be induced into HVAC modules and instrument panel ducts (for the control of non-bacterial related odors).

This product leaves no residual scent and should not be sold as or considered an air freshener. Product action may result in the permanent elimination of an odor and may be preferable to customers with allergies who are sensitive to perfumes.

How to Use This Product

GM Vehicle Care Odor Eliminator may be sprayed on in a ready-to-use formula or used in steam cleaners as an additive with carpet shampoo. This water-based, odorless product is safe for all vehicle interiors. Do not wet or soak any interior surface that plain water would cause to deteriorate, as this product will have the same effect. Also avoid letting this product come into contact with vinegar or any acidic substance. Acid-based products will hamper the effectiveness of, or render GM Vehicle Care Odor Eliminator inert.
Please note: Complete eight page treatment sheets are enclosed within each case of GM Vehicle Care Odor Eliminator. These treatment instructions range from simple vehicle odor elimination to full step by step procedures for odor removal from water leaks. If lost, contact 800-977-4145 to get a replacement set faxed or e-mailed to your dealership.

Instructions and cautions are printed on the bottle, but additional help is available. If you encounter a difficult to eliminate or re-occurring odor, you may call 1-800-955-8591 (in Canada, 1-800-977-4145) to obtain additional information and usage suggestions.

This product may effectively remove odors when directly contacting the odor source. It should be used in conjunction with diagnostic procedures (in cases such as a water leak) to first eliminate the root cause of the odor, and then the residual odor to permanently correct the vehicle condition.

Vehicle Waterleak Odor Elimination

STEP ONE:

Confirm that all water leaks have been repaired. Determine what areas of the vehicle were water soaked or wet. Components with visible mold/mildew staining should be replaced. Isolate the odor source inside the vehicle. Often an odor can be isolated to an area or component of the vehicle interior by careful evaluation. Odor evaluation may need to be performed by multiple persons. Another method of isolating an odor source is to remove and segregate interior trim and components. Plastic sheeting or drop cloths can be used to confine seats, headliners, etc. to assist in evaluation and diagnoses. If appropriate the vehicle and interior trim should be evaluated separately to determine if the odor stays with the vehicle or the interior components. Odors that stay with the vehicle may be isolated to insulating and sound deadening materials (i.e. water leak at the windshield or standing water in the front foot well area caused mold/mildew to form on the bulkhead or kick panel sound deadening pads. If the interior is removed the floor pan and primed/painted surfaces should be treated with bleach/soap solution, rinsed with clean water and dried. Interior surfaces should then be treated with GM Vehicle Care Odor Eliminator product before reinstalling carpet or reassembling.

The GM Vehicle Care Odor Eliminator product is an effective odor elimination product when used properly. It must come into direct contact with the odor source. It should be used in conjunction with diagnostic procedures to first eliminate the root cause of the odor. Some procedures for use after odor root cause correction are:

STEP TWO:

Use the trigger spray head.

Put a drop of dish soap the size of a quarter in the bottom of a bottle.

Add 8 oz. of GM Vehicle Care Odor Eliminator (1 cup) to the dish soap and top off the bottle with tap water.

This formula should be used on hard surfaces (dash, interior plastic molding, and floor pan)

STEP THREE:

The third step to neutralizing the vehicle is a light to medium treatment of all carpeting and upholstered seats with the GM Vehicle Care Odor Eliminator formula and a wide fan spray setting (at full strength) (i.e.: carpeting on the driver'* side requires 4-5 triggers pulls for coverage). The headliner and trunk should be sprayed next. Lightly brushing the formula into the carpeting and upholstery is a recommended step for deep odor problems. The dash and all hard surfaces should be sprayed with dish soap/water mixture. Let stand for 1-2 minutes then wipe off the surface.

STEP FOUR:

(vehicle ventilation system treatment)

The ventilation system is generally the last step in the treatment of the vehicle.
a. Spray the GM Vehicle Care Odor Eliminator formula into all dash vents. (1-2 trigger pulls per vent).

b. Start the vehicle and turn the vehicle fan on high cool (not A/C setting).

C. Spray the formula (10 trigger pulls) into the outside fresh air intake vent (cowl at base of windshield)

d. Enter the vehicle after 1 minute and wipe off the excess formula spurting out of the dash vents.

e. Smell the air coming from the dash vents. If odors are still present, spray another 5 triggers into the cowl, wait another minute and smell the results. Once you have obtained a fresh, clean smell coming from the vents turn the system to the A/C re-circulation setting. Roll-up windows, spray 3-5 pumps into the right lower IP area and let the vehicle run with the fan set on high for 5 - 7 minutes.

Please follow this diagnosis process thoroughly and complete each step. If the condition exhibited is resolved without completing every step, the remaining steps do not need to be performed. If these steps do not resolve the condition, please contact GM TAC for further diagnostic assistance.
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I know its nothing physically that is causing the smell, and fabreze doesn't work. I also tried the vinegar solution which didn't help either :( I may just pull the carpet and pressure wash it like sonoma recommended. Just hope thats not too much of a pain to do.
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I suggest sprinking a lot of baking soda on the carpet and let it sit for a while then vacuum it up. The cheap man'* way!
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Spilled milk can really kick up a stink.......or anything with protein matter.

Steam cleaning the carpet will work if Fabreeze won't.
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All I have to say is have fun ripping the carpet up. If you've never done it your in for a treat.

I pulled up some when I installed the system in my explorer...what a pita
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