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  Reply # 1095332 25-Jul-2014 02:26
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Is yours the black or blue one? I see a nice big diesel tank beside it perhaps from generators? with Sunroof open? hmmmm

And if you've ever watched the topgear episodes when they do a lab test on the car apolsteries.... a wet vac a MUST if it's not grommed properly when you buy second hand lol.

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  Reply # 1095338 25-Jul-2014 03:52
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Agree with the wet vac. I've got rid of smells similar to yours - and much worse! (I've had to wear a respirator to work on some - didn't see the biohazard warning)..The old baking soda trick's really not effective on things like this. As mentioned earlier vinegar's a mild acid, has it's uses but not so much on upholstery.

At the moment I'm successfully cleaning a bunch of pickup trucks I just purchased at auction - from a coal mine.
Late model trucks, but black inside including the hood lining, seatbelts.. everything.
Coal's tricky because as well as being dusty and black, it's oily. Requires a solvent based cleaner to remove properly.

It's likely that someone's sprayed (cheap) perfume on your car interior in an attempt to cover a smell. With a solvent or oil based carrier, and being so liquid it can really get in.
Try to isolate where it is. Usually they'd spray it directly on the seat base. I've had luck using UV light to spot stains.
If you think it's on the back seat it's usually best to remove the seat base from the car for cleaning. You'll immediately know if the smell's out of the car, and cleaning down between the seat base & back is easier. On most vehicles there's a couple of hold down bolts and a latch of sorts, might need to release the seatbelt location clips.
Spray the stain with your cleaner of choice. I use a product called Multi-kleen, made by Kleen Flo. Likely not available in NZ, but if you look at the MSDS online you can see the ingredients. Maybe just a mild soapy cleaner will work.
Use a soft scrub brush and lather it in. Try not to rub against the 'grain' of the seat material weave or you'll raise the nap.
I then use my wet/dry shop vac to remove as much of the cleaner as possible. Remember the cushion under the cover is foam, and like a sponge, if you press too hard and release it will suck in your liquid.
Wait maybe a minute for the remaining cleaner to do it's work, spray with clean warm water, immediately vacuum out again to flush your cleaner out. Repeat if still foamy. My vacuum is powerful enough i have to be careful not to stretch the woven fabric.
Blot the area with absorbent cloth. Leave to air dry. Give it the sniff test. There'll likely still be a slight smell but leave it in the sun & fresh air for a while & it hopefully won't poison you now...


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  Reply # 1095372 25-Jul-2014 08:19
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Baking soda does work.
I spilt a large coffee in my footwell years back and after a week the smell was putrid.
You have to use A LOT of baking soda however. And it's probably best you know where to apply it, rather than a sprinkle everywhere like your picture.



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  Reply # 1095375 25-Jul-2014 08:26
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Dairyxox: Baking soda does work.
I spilt a large coffee in my footwell years back and after a week the smell was putrid.
You have to use A LOT of baking soda however. And it's probably best you know where to apply it, rather than a sprinkle everywhere like your picture.


Yeah, Some of it got a slight bit damp i suspect too. otherwise cleaned fairly well, Some of the smel has gone but nothing compared to what it needs to be.

Wet Vac: I will try and get one this weekend. Give that a go. If no luck with that will try the deodorizers people suggested.

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  Reply # 1095435 25-Jul-2014 10:13
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kiwirock: 

Then rub down all the dash and plastics with amoral and wait a day or two for the car to dry out (at this point it just smells like wet carpet which eventually goes away).



That's the funniest spelling mistake I've read all week.  In some ways accurate, ArmorAll does not have any moral qualities :-)

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  Reply # 1095474 25-Jul-2014 10:43
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Be careful applying chemicals to the Dash panel, these things get very hot and the chemicals leech back out of the material and adhere to the inside of the Windscreen thus a hard to remove haze on the screen.




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  Reply # 1095493 25-Jul-2014 11:10
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Is it your wife/girlfriend?

Take it to a car groomer, have them clean it. If you bought it from a dealer have them fix the problem.




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  Reply # 1095563 25-Jul-2014 12:51
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timmmay: Is it your wife/girlfriend?

Take it to a car groomer, have them clean it. If you bought it from a dealer have them fix the problem.


Nope, For myself :)

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  Reply # 1095636 25-Jul-2014 14:27
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easy fix since its a bmw.....replace the cabin filter, smell will be gone within days





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  Reply # 1095694 25-Jul-2014 15:39
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mrphil: easy fix since its a bmw.....replace the cabin filter, smell will be gone within days




Hmm, I will do as well. definitely isnt the filter but its seeping from the fabric.

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  Reply # 1095733 25-Jul-2014 16:39
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Your car is possessed by a makutu. You need a maori shaman to exorcise your car.

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  Reply # 1095918 25-Jul-2014 23:46
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spray it with lynx, still smells better than that absolutely rank "freshening" smell




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  Reply # 1095919 26-Jul-2014 00:01
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Have you looked at deodorisers? Some of them work really well. In the past I've used unscented deodorising sprays instead of scented air fresheners in our bathrooms. They work really quickly and might make your problem more bearable but you'd need a lot if you can't find the source of your problem. I've also used powdered deodoriser for chronic problems like mould and mildew smells.

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  Reply # 1095958 26-Jul-2014 02:44
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TimA:
blakamin: I was going to suggest to start smoking.

Being a 3 series, can't you just find some female to buy it? tongue-out


Got to admit, it is quite the womans car this time around.
Considering last car it's quite a feminine move.



Totally understandable Tim - sadly it's due to the loss in manliness that comes from working in IT. On that basis, if you just wait for more manliness to dissipate, the floral smell will gradually become more acceptable and you will come to love it along with the car.



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  Reply # 1095989 26-Jul-2014 10:15
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Fe breeze seems to work for about 40 minutes :(
A mate of mine who is a mechanic reckons its the AC scent. 

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