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Topic # 150496 24-Jul-2014 17:28
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I got a late model BMW 3 series and the last owners must have used some upholstry cleaner or spray to get rid of a smell or make it smell nice. Problem is that it is so over powering i got quite ill from it after driving for 45 minutes.
The smell i could only describe as a over powering fake floral chemical blend. I have tried a few things to get rid of the smell, That is vacuuming 3 times, covering it with baking soda and leaving for 2 days, vacuum again, left open in a well vented area for 1 day. Still is very powerful and sickens me to sit in the car. 
If anyone can suggest anything would be good. If i cant get rid of it i will sell it.

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  Reply # 1095080 24-Jul-2014 17:30
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Might need the upholstery shampooed?




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  Reply # 1095087 24-Jul-2014 17:33
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Andib: Might need the upholstery shampooed?



I am reluctant to have any more chemicals added to the already disgusting concoction.
I heard about steam cleaning. Not sure if it will get rid of these sort of smells.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1095090 24-Jul-2014 17:38
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leave something in there horrid smelling to counter the flower smell?




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  Reply # 1095091 24-Jul-2014 17:40
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Have you only recently purchased it? You may want to find exactly where the source of the smell is, you hope they having sprayed something down the air venting system. Smells and cars can be a very difficult problem to solve, and you hope it isn't masking a worse smell.

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  Reply # 1095096 24-Jul-2014 17:42
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Try Febreze it may help




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  Reply # 1095098 24-Jul-2014 17:44
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KiwiNZ: Try Febreze it may help


Ill give that a shot, But im not wanting to add to it or some what mask it. More want it to be gone completely.

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Have you eliminated if its the Catalytic Converter?




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  Reply # 1095110 24-Jul-2014 17:57
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KiwiNZ: Have you eliminated if its the Catalytic Converter?


Not too sure if that makes floral smells but no. It doesnt seem to have any smell coming from that part of the car. Definitely in the cabin and leads to rear seats.

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  Reply # 1095111 24-Jul-2014 17:59
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KiwiNZ: Have you eliminated if its the Catalytic Converter?


Not too sure if that makes floral smells but no. It doesnt seem to have any smell coming from that part of the car. Definitely in the cabin and leads to rear seats.


spray the sh!t spots so TimA doesnt notice it back there! ;)


just wait till it wears off!




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  Reply # 1095130 24-Jul-2014 18:28
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"Guaranteed" way- Bowl (or 2) of cheap white vinigar should 'soak' up the smell... Else use a 'misting' spray bottle and give the entire cab a light misting overnight... Should clear up by day 2 I reckon.

Best bet really is to contact previous owner to find what they used and where they put it... Or even search that recent 'last day at work' thread and try a fish? :D

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PhantomNVD:Or even search that recent 'last day at work' thread and try a fish? :D


a fish?

that sounds like a great idea! 


Although TimAs cat might be feeling a little this way...




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Slightly off-topic:
In Europe, non-smokers' used cars (advertised as such) sell at a premium - as it is almost impossible to remove the smell of tobacco smoke from a car.




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I know someone who purchased a 2nd hand car, and it had a nasty smell that they could never get rid of. The dealer did all sorts of things trying to remedy it, such as get it professionally cleaned, and used all sorts of floral smelling chemicals to mask it, but after a few days it was even worse, and the floral smell made it worse. The dealers staff at the time all had colds and claim they couldn't smell anything. Anyway, luckily they purchased it from a dealer and managed to get a refund on it, because they couldn't get rid of the smell. It may have been rotting fish or been flooded, or had dogs living in it, but it was something that couldn't be fixed easily. I think the only way to get rid of it, was to remove and replace all soft furnishings int he car, as well as ventilation pipes.



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I dont smoke but dont mind the smell of it. Definitely wouldnt lose sleep over it.
Ill give the vinegar a go and see if that helps. If not ill also try a steam clean. Otherwise ill need to get rid of the car. 

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  Reply # 1095151 24-Jul-2014 19:21
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Have you checked around the footwells and under the seats for those scent pack things? they can be really bad when they're new.

Otherwise my first thing to try would be to leave it in the sun with the windows open a wee bit for a day or three. The heat should get the smell working more and so out faster. But its the wrong time of year really.




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