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Old 07-23-2015, 10:34 AM   #1
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What's a good way to clean seats to get smells out?
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Old 07-23-2015, 06:05 PM   #2
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Now you've got me curious, what smells are these you speak of?
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Old 07-23-2015, 06:30 PM   #3
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Now you've got me curious, what smells are these you speak of?
I went down the same road in thought with that post.
Don't eat mexican while driving
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Old 07-23-2015, 06:32 PM   #4
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any typical carpet cleaner with an upholstry attachement. To finish, use the meguiars air refresher. The "air refresher" acts like febreeze to eliminate odors but you use it with the AC on (15 minutes) so it cleans your ducts as well. I used it and 3-months in, my car still smell like "new" (used new car scent)

http://www.walmart.com/ip/36448452?w...056288&veh=sem
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Old 07-25-2015, 10:37 PM   #5
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Steam cleaner?
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Old 07-26-2015, 12:33 AM   #6
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I've always used a warm water extractor on my seats in my STi and now the WRX with good results. The color of the water that comes out is utterly disgusting.

Few years back I left a window cracked in a rain storm, interior stunk to high heaven of mildew to the point where I began to gag after extended periods in the car. Went ape **** with the extractor and carpet + upholstery cleaner and a soft bristled brush. Good as new
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Old 07-26-2015, 10:40 AM   #7
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I've had good results on my cloth seated using a bissell greenbot and they aren't that expensive
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Old 07-29-2015, 09:31 PM   #8
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airbags are in the GD body seats right? i worry about using a full blown water extractor around them...
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Old 07-30-2015, 01:52 PM   #9
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airbags are in the GD body seats right? i worry about using a full blown water extractor around them...
Been doing it since 07 without any issues, I remove the seats from the car and allow them to dry in my miserably hot garage for a full 24 hours before reinstalling.

Should also be mentioned that the seats don't get sopping wet during the process, I try to use as little water as possible.
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Old 07-30-2015, 02:02 PM   #10
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You could always try the typical shampoo....

That HELPED the BRZ seats that i ordered from ebay that smelled like ****.
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Old 08-01-2015, 03:30 AM   #11
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how to clean seats and away bad smells
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Old 08-05-2015, 05:03 PM   #12
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This will sound stupid, but here is an overinvolved idea:

I flipped a car into a swampy area and flooded it, interior smelled terrible.

-Took seat covers off, stain remover, wash in washing machine multiple times

-Filled a kiddie pool with water/soap and immersed the foam pieces. I then stepped on them to make them absorb the water/soap. The foam is where the smell is trapped.

-Then, empty pool and fill with clean water. Step on it a lot to get all of the soap out.

-repeat.

Like I said, its stupid and takes a couple of days for the foam to dry completely before you put the seat covers back on, but I got them to smell like new again. If the seat covers are off you can also bleach the foam and make it cleaner than when it rolled out of the dealership
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Old 08-05-2015, 05:13 PM   #13
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Spray Tuff Stuff all over them and then scrub and wipe off the excess with a terrycloth.
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Old 08-11-2015, 08:28 PM   #14
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take ur car for a car wash and spray the crap out of them dont forget the soap!
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Old 08-12-2015, 09:42 AM   #15
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http://www.sigmaautomotive.com/pentex/portal.php

The first product on "Step 2 : Target Spray" section works perfectly. I only use this product and been using this product since like 2011 and never been disappointed. Try it!
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Old 08-12-2015, 10:12 AM   #16
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wipe your ass.
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Old 08-12-2015, 11:30 AM   #17
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Old 08-12-2015, 01:44 PM   #18
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I have a 05 wrx limited with cloth heated seats. They just need a general cleaning don't really smell. What would be the best way to clean them? Im worried about damaging the heating pads if they get too wet.
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Old 08-17-2015, 03:22 PM   #19
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Has anyone here ever had their seats/interior ozoned? A local car detailer offers it as an option, and I was curious as to its effectiveness.
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Old 08-17-2015, 03:41 PM   #20
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Has anyone here ever had their seats/interior ozoned? A local car detailer offers it as an option, and I was curious as to its effectiveness.
You can buy an ozone bomb for $5.

Don't be a sucker and pay an exorbitant price at a carwash or a detailer for a product you can easily buy youself, and apply with zero effort.
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Old 08-17-2015, 07:05 PM   #21
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I have a 05 wrx limited with cloth heated seats. They just need a general cleaning don't really smell. What would be the best way to clean them? Im worried about damaging the heating pads if they get too wet.
You could always use a little resolve. You can buy it in any store in the cleaning supplies section. You spray it, let it sit, and then dab it up with a damp wash cloth. Then use Meguire's Air Refresher spray. That stuff works like a charm. Like Twisty Mountain Road said, turn your a/c on after you spray it for ~10 minutes and the car will smell like new.
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Old 08-20-2015, 12:31 PM   #22
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I would steam clean. If I really just had to give a company money for overpriced soap I would still extract as much as I could with a vacuum at the end. I've seen high end detailer shops spray excess cleaners onto leather seats with abandon only to later see mold growing out of the ventilation perforations several days later.
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