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post #1 of 12 Old 04-11-2011, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Eliminate interior odor

I spilled a small amount of milk in the back of my wrangler during the winter and through I got it cleaned up. Now that it is starting to get warm it is starting to smell.

Any suggestions on how to get the smell out short of removing some of the carpet?

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post #2 of 12 Old 04-11-2011, 09:54 PM
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Find an enzyme based carpet cleaner and keep cleaning over and over and over.

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post #3 of 12 Old 04-11-2011, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks,

I sprayed my first application of that type of cleaner and also put a bowl of baking soda in the area to see if that will help. Where the problem is in that little area near where the tire jack is stored.
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post #4 of 12 Old 04-14-2011, 06:25 PM
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Yea arm and hammer sells a little frige pack of baking soda. I keep one under my seat to catch any stench. They also sell powders that you put in your carpet and leave in for like 30 mins then vacuum. It smells fresh for a couple months after that. A mix of the two should make it somewhat easier on your nose

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post #5 of 12 Old 04-15-2011, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
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I have tried the cleaner and baking soda for the last few days now and I don't think I am having much luck. I think I may have to cut the offending section of carpet out as much as I hate to do it.
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post #6 of 12 Old 04-15-2011, 12:41 AM
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I'd first take the offending piece of carpet out and sic the high pressure soapy spray on it from the local coin-op carwash, then rinse it good and let it dry in the sun. At the most, after doing that, perhaps a little Lysol or Febreeeze to spray down the rest of the interior to get rid of any remaining odor.

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Remove bacteria = eliminated odor. You need to sanitize.
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Yeah, you don't need to cut your carpet - it comes out. Take out the offending piece, dunk it in some antibacterial cleaner, then hose it down real well and leave in the sun to dry.

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post #9 of 12 Old 04-15-2011, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
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I am still working with the Baking Soda for another day or so then I will go on to something else. I will check and see how the back carpet comes out. If the baking soda doesn't work then I will attempt the spot power wash on the small piece.

Thanks to al for your suggestions. No more milk products in my jeep unless it is triple bagged.
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post #10 of 12 Old 04-19-2011, 02:46 PM
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Clean the area as previously posted, then take the Jeep to an auto detailer with an ozone machine. They run the machine for several hours and it takes out the smell.

We just purchased a 2000 WJ for our 17 year old daughter. Perfect condition, low mileage, one owner Jeep. $4,500! However - the previous owner was a smoker. You opened the door and the smell knocked you over LOL.

We took it to the detailer who cleaned the inside then ran the ozone machine for about 5 hours. This included 30 minutes of idleing with the A/C on and set to interior recirculate to get the smell out of the A/C and vent system. The Jeep smells great now!

The detailer claimed the machine would also take out smells like spoiled milk, rotten food, dead small animals, etc.

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post #11 of 12 Old 04-20-2011, 12:23 AM Thread Starter
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I will check around and see if someone around here as an ozone machine. Maybe I will get lucky. Right now I can't set the carpet in the sun because I haven't seen the sun here for about a week. A lot of cold and rain.

I will let you know what happens when I finally get the smell out.

Thanks again.
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post #12 of 12 Old 04-20-2011, 06:27 PM
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Well plan b...rip it out and spray bedliner!

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