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Recently washed seat now STINKS!!!

One of my dogs recently threw up on the passenger seat. It fell between the console and seat, so I ended up removing the seat completely to spray it clean with a water hose. I let it dry inside my house for 3-4 days before putting it back in the truck. The morning after I re-installed the seat, it stunk up the truck...

How can I fix this?
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Just did a search... I guess I wasn't supposed to saturate the foam cushioning. Fck me.

There's a chance there's mold/mildew... I just took the seat out of the truck so I don't get sick(er). Any ideas?
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Maybe pull the cover and let it dry out?
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Do the covers come off? I didn't see anything like a zipper...
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Yeah take the covers off and maybe clean it again and let it dry in front of a fan. Or go to a yard and get the foam replacement.
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That cover comes off, but not easy. The setting part has 3 strips that are bull ringed in. You got to open those little rings and there is 4 on each side and 3 along the back edge. Makes taking the seat apart a real pain. Those and the plastic clips along the edges. But those are easy. I just did this last week. I am very good at getting those things apart and back togther. It can be done and you can reuse the rings. Long needle nose pliers wedged in will open them.

But you can use vinegar to clean the seats and the smell will go away. Clear white kind. I did not believe it would work and thought it would smell after ward. It does not. Vinegar is a acid and will kill the odor causing stuff.
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Baking soda too.
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And next time you can oxyclean it or vinegar clean in. Never soak it haha.
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And next time you can oxyclean it or vinegar clean in. Never soak it haha.
No kidding! I'm pretty sure that seat is the cause of my headaches the past couple of days. lol
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How would I use vinegar? Douse the seat in it and let it dry?
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You can douse it. Or take and mix half and half with water. Then take a rag and wet everything real good. No need in drenching it, good and wet. then get a wet dry vac or just let dry.
I have been using vinegar as a clothes softener for years. Has no smell and works great. Like I said earlier, it will surprise ya after it dries.
Do search on internet on all you can do with it.
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I'm sure you won't want to buy one of these but seriously, they're awesome!

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I'm sure you won't want to buy one of these but seriously, they're awesome!


I have a machine as well but you don't even need that if you have a shop vac.


I have washed many seats with them out of the car using a hose, zep shampoo and hosing them down GOOD, but, you need to suck up as much water as you can with the shop vac after and let them bake in the sun the rest of the day. I always do this first thing in the morning so they can dry all day. Preferable do this in the summer months.

I will hit spots with Blue Magic spot lifter as well if the ZEP doesn't remove it.

No stink, just nice clean seats.












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I have a machine as well but you don't even need that if you have a shop vac.


I have washed many seats with them out of the car using a hose, zep shampoo and hosing them down GOOD, but, you need to suck up as much water as you can with the shop vac after and let them bake in the sun the rest of the day. I always do this first thing in the morning so they can dry all day. Preferable do this in the summer months.

I will hit spots with Blue Magic spot lifter as well if the ZEP doesn't remove it.

No stink, just nice clean seats.












I'm just gonna call you Mr Clean from now on. Sound good?
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Get a de-humidifier and toss it inside your truck, widow cracked a bit for the power cord.

and yea, shop vac the hell out of it.

i washed the seats in the other truck before i put them in and i had the same issue. I used a de-humidifier for about a week and left the window down a bit whereever i went for the smell. just keep using it until the de-humidifer doesn't pull any water out.
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One of my dogs recently threw up on the passenger seat. It fell between the console and seat, so I ended up removing the seat completely to spray it clean with a water hose. I let it dry inside my house for 3-4 days before putting it back in the truck. The morning after I re-installed the seat, it stunk up the truck...

How can I fix this?
Unfortunately, as a Mold Remediation technician at work, I can tell you this is most likely mildew or mold in the cushion, which a good antimicrobial agent could help eliminate the mold and the smell. The best way to eliminate the smell is a hydroxyl Ozone Generator, but usually people do not have access to this type of product.
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I'm just gonna call you Mr Clean from now on. Sound good?

What's funny is, on the site I am on for the foureyed mustang/capri's they call me "Jeffclean" for real lmao "It's not clean unless its Jeffclean" they all say now
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Unfortunately, as a Mold Remediation technician at work, I can tell you this is most likely mildew or mold in the cushion, which a good antimicrobial agent could help eliminate the mold and the smell. The best way to eliminate the smell is a hydroxyl Ozone Generator, but usually people do not have access to this type of product.
Where COULD I get some of this stuff?
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Where COULD I get some of this stuff?
Ozium Its the next best thing! I love this stuff!
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ozium rules. You can find it at autozone and stuff too
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Unfortunately, as a Mold Remediation technician at work, I can tell you this is most likely mildew or mold in the cushion, which a good antimicrobial agent could help eliminate the mold and the smell. The best way to eliminate the smell is a hydroxyl Ozone Generator, but usually people do not have access to this type of product.
The ozone generator used to be my go to.
but i've found long term, the smell will come back. They're good, but you can't JUST use an ozone generator.
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The only way to really take care of the problem is to remove the cover, wash it thoroughly, let it dry and put it back on...then add an air freshner to your A/C vent (nice thing for all owners). Something I learned in the sixty's was to be careful and NOT to get the foam saturated. All you need to do is make the maximum suds possible and "scoop" them off the TOP.
After doing the above, you'll want to sit in your car all day watching your dog begging to go with you. Hahahaha

Buy Tuff Stuff Tuff Stuff Multi-Purpose foam Cleaner Aerosol (22 oz.) 00350 at Advance Auto Parts

Febreze Car Vent Clips Midnight Storm Air Freshener (2 mL): Household Essentials : Walmart.com
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