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Old 03-16-2011, 12:09 AM   #1
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Well, my little man barfed on my new STi seats. I cleaned them but they still have that lovely vomit scent, what can I do to get rid of that smell??
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Old 03-16-2011, 01:10 AM   #2
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Old 03-16-2011, 01:47 AM   #3
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Youre in a little bit of a tough spot here.


Chances are the vomit "juice"(nice i know) has made its way through the alcantara into the foam itself. Problem comes because you need to try to extract(or remove the covers) the nastiness left inside the foam but you aren't supposed to soak alcantara if you can help it.

I would think a few extractions of hot water(pre misted with a little cleanerto dissolve some of the "juice" leftover) is a good idea - ultimately you probably smell it because its in the foam, not just on the surface.

You can make a "hot water extractor" with a bottle of hot water in a sprayer, and using a good shop vac that has some lift to it. Also alcantara cleaner in a pinch is Woolite regular mixed ~15:1 with water - but again we try to clean alcantara by blotting and not dousing. I would see how hard it would be to get the covers off..
Hope the little guy is feelin better, hope that helps a little as well

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Old 03-16-2011, 08:43 AM   #4
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Thank you Mike. I'll give it a shot.
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Old 03-16-2011, 09:48 AM   #5
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Fabreeze... it takes a few sprays but will eventually mask the smell
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Old 03-16-2011, 02:01 PM   #6
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lol i thought the title was sarcastic i guess not - good luck with that hazardous material removal operation
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Old 03-16-2011, 02:23 PM   #7
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Ooooh sorry to hear about that.... Other than what AA said, febreeze might be a good solution... Or maybe even try the old "mother's" trick and put a bowl of vinegar in the car for a while. But that will only be a temporary solution seeing as how the vomit is still in the seat.
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Old 03-16-2011, 03:32 PM   #8
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Ooooh sorry to hear about that.... Other than what AA said, febreeze might be a good solution... Or maybe even try the old "mother's" trick and put a bowl of vinegar in the car for a while. But that will only be a temporary solution seeing as how the vomit is still in the seat.
another is to use a bag of crushed charcoal in a coffee filter 'bag' - make sure its not the kind with lighterfluid/easy light
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Old 03-16-2011, 04:01 PM   #9
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Thread title made me

A friend of mine when I was in college ran into this same thing thanks to a drunken lady friend of ours.

He tried everything and in the end had to remove the seat covers to expose the foam and soaked the living hell out of it with a homemade mix of cleaners.

Did he barf on the back seats? If so I would take them out of the car and see if there is an easy way to expose the foam.
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Old 03-16-2011, 05:04 PM   #10
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that what I say... remove seat, remove cover, clean foam. its not very difficult.
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Old 03-16-2011, 05:30 PM   #11
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another is to use a bag of crushed charcoal in a coffee filter 'bag' - make sure its not the kind with lighterfluid/easy light
It's called activated carbon. Available at pet stores; used for filters.
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Old 03-16-2011, 06:20 PM   #12
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Clean it as best as you can then sell it or swap it out.
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Old 03-16-2011, 06:21 PM   #13
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Find someone with an ozone cleaner like a fire restoration company. I guarantee you wont smell a thing by the time they're done. I believe some detailers do this too.
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Old 03-16-2011, 06:26 PM   #14
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I would try some Natures Miracle. It's used to clean up pet messes and i can tell you from experience is works great! No smell or stain when you're done!

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Old 03-17-2011, 05:20 PM   #15
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a seriously hot summer day.


Really, if it was a ...wet vomit... then its going to make its way into the foam. If that is the case.. drying or serious cleaning chems... most of which won't work well on the fabric, imo, frebreeze and ait fresheners to mask it then keep the windows rolled down one day. still not perfect tho
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Old 03-18-2011, 07:04 PM   #16
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go test drive another sti and swap the seats.
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Old 03-20-2011, 02:28 PM   #17
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if my child puked all over my brand new STi seats the next ride he'd be taking was to an adoption agency.....lol
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Old 03-21-2011, 11:40 PM   #18
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I had this happen to my car took it to my friend at mr carwash gave him 50 bucks and he cleaned all the seats and got the stains out
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Old 06-28-2012, 09:22 PM   #19
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Found this thread from another. Feel bad for ya. 3 days after buying my STI my wife threw up all over my new car in the passenger seat. Don't ask.

It was on the floor (glad I had my all weather mats in!) on the seat, in the cup holder, door handles, storage bins, dash, door sills, and days later I was still using toothpicks and Q-tips to get it out of my window switches.

Awesome.

Luckily the "juice" didn't soak into the foam. It's either that, or I'm used to it.
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Old 06-28-2012, 10:07 PM   #20
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Clean it as best as you can then sell it or swap it out.
hahaha this!
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Old 07-04-2012, 01:59 AM   #21
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Found this thread from another. Feel bad for ya. 3 days after buying my STI my wife threw up all over my new car in the passenger seat. Don't ask.
do tell...
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Old 07-05-2012, 05:46 PM   #22
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buy new seats, oem, bride, whatever you like, tell your son when hes asking for his allowance that your paying off the seats he had to replace because of his vomit when he was little =D
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Old 07-06-2012, 12:01 AM   #23
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I bet this will work. Get a plastic tarp. Wrap your seats in it so now air can get in or out. And grab like 6 of your favorite air fresheners and leave them under the plastic for about a week. Don't leave the fresheners touching the seats. They may leave residue or marks. The seats in my old car act as airfresheners because I use alot of them.
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Old 07-06-2012, 12:27 AM   #24
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I've had to deal with this, and way more than just from a kid. All the stuff I tried; Febreze, Woolite, etc would work for a short period and the smell would return. This did work fairly well, http://www.meguiars.com/en/automotiv...or-eliminator/
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Old 07-21-2012, 01:28 PM   #25
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I'm new here and since I can't make my own thread, I am replying to this one which is similar to my problem. I have an '07 WRX and while bringing my cat home from the vet, he peed in the cat carrier. It was the next day that I found out it leaked onto my passenger seat, too. I have doused it with Nature's Miracle and it still stinks. I figure my best solution is to take the seat cover off and wash it. I'm not sure if it got onto the foam padding underneath. So how does one go about taking the seat cover off?
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