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Old 08-12-2007, 11:33 PM   #1
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Default Ugh stupid mistake. Need Suggestions

Well, I live in Florida, and in Florida, it's hot. Well, my car was hot so I opened the sunroof the upwards way (not sliding back) so as to vent the hot air out.

Well, I forgot.

It rained.

My cloth seats got pretty wet along where you put your butt and lower back.

It stinks.



I've got an air freshener in the car (Which by coincidence I got online for free from some gas company or something) and it came the same day this happened. I've put that in the car and so far my car smells like a craft shop (potpourri). Will the wet dog smell go away? Or should I try to clean my seats. I can't really tell if it's gone right now due to the air freshener.

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Old 08-13-2007, 12:41 AM   #2
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let it dry and see if the smell stays. If so, you may have to get it cleaned professionally; or at least try to rent one of those rug cleaners.
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Old 08-13-2007, 01:45 AM   #3
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Ok, that's what I was hoping. I tried to soak up most of the water with towels but the seats were pretty wet. I just don't want the cushioning to smell.
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Old 08-13-2007, 03:59 AM   #4
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look on the bright side...at least it's not leather!
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Old 08-13-2007, 09:19 AM   #5
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Most cases the smell is caused by bacterial/mold growth due to the moisture; the quicker your seats dry, the less chance they'll start growing and less chance of any smell

If you want to be really proactive, you can run a blow dryer over your seats just to quicken the drying process (though you live in FL and few hours in the sun with the sunroof cracked open should probably make the interior hot enough)
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Old 08-13-2007, 09:38 AM   #6
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Typically there is enought air moving around the seats that you should be fine. The real mold problem comes when water gets under the carpet. It just stays there and get nasty. A hair dryer is a good idea to help it dry.

Try some Fabreeze (sp) the stuff really works and then put a fabric softener sheet for the dryer under your seat. Those things suck up smells also.

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Old 08-13-2007, 09:56 AM   #7
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I'd take the seats out and try to air them as much as possible.
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Old 08-13-2007, 09:21 PM   #8
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Since it was rain, the water should have been pretty clean. It's not like somebody puked in your car, milk spilled in the footwell, or your dog peed on the seat. Soaking up as much as you could with towels was a good move. You want to dry out whatever's left as quick as possible to prevent mold from growing. Try having a fan blow air through the car. Lots of air movement will help it dry out. If you do notice a lingering smell, I've never tried it, but have heard good things about Fresh Wave odor eliminator.
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Old 08-13-2007, 10:57 PM   #9
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Ok, well so far it's doing pretty good. I've blow dried the seats and they seem pretty stench-less. I'll give 'em a shot of Fabreeze just for good measure.
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Old 08-14-2007, 12:32 AM   #10
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I use a box of baking soda as a de-stinker in my car.

It's a fridge pack, so it is sealed, but air can circulate through it.
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Old 10-24-2007, 12:31 AM   #11
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use a steam cleaner on your seats then leave your heat on for about 30 min and that should do it
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