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    Unhappy Interior : Milk Bomb

    About a week ago I had roughly 6-8 oz of milk spill in my backseat (Macan black interior). My waterproof dog seat cover caught about 1/3rd and the rest spilled off onto the carpet. It was late, I had to be up early for my dissertation defense, and I was pretty brain dead at the time; so I got out some towels, pulled the floor mat, and quickly dried the area. However, I left the seat cover and didn't dry it properly (again brain dead). The next morning, no smell, it hits 99°F that afternoon... The smell was horrendous and has permeated everything: seatbelts, headlining, etc.

    I had Porsche shampoo the carpets while I was getting an oil change, but the smell is still in the rest of the car. I'm guessing the bacterias' output got vaporized into a fog in the heat and just milk gas bombed my entire interior. Normally I would just bring it to a professional for hot water extraction but financially that's not viable until the end of August.

    I know seat belts should be cleaned by pulling them all the way out and then hit with a cleaner and a detail brush but I don't know what product is necessary and also safe for this sort of olfactory abomination. Has anyone dealt with this before, I'm trying to figure out a budget friendly way to get this smell under control (chlorine dixoxide?) or eliminated until I can afford hot water extraction.

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    Re: Interior : Milk Bomb

    See if anyone in your area can hit it with an Ozone machine.

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    Re: Interior : Milk Bomb

    Call around to ESTABLISHED detail shops and kind of interview them to see if they have experience with this and give them a shot at it.


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    Re: Interior : Milk Bomb

    You will need an enzyme to get rid of the smell. Go to a janitorial supply store or a pet shop and see what they have.

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    Re: Interior : Milk Bomb

    Hit it with a steamer and a shop vac. Cheaper than an extractor

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    Re: Interior : Milk Bomb

    try poorboys enzyme cleaner works great

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    Re: Interior : Milk Bomb

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Phillips View Post
    Call around to ESTABLISHED detail shops and kind of interview them to see if they have experience with this and give them a shot at it.


    The last time I spilled milk in my car ( I clearly have a problem, all milk jugs are now transported in sealed buckets until reaching their final destination ) it was about half a gallon and the shop I brought it to did an amazing job. Unfortunately I am between jobs and need a stop gap solution until I can afford a professional solution.

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    Re: Interior : Milk Bomb

    Quote Originally Posted by Rsurfer View Post
    You will need an enzyme to get rid of the smell. Go to a janitorial supply store or a pet shop and see what they have.
    Any brands you would say are carpet safe?

    Quote Originally Posted by bill walsh View Post
    try poorboys enzyme cleaner works great
    Know if it has any residue dye or staining?

    Quote Originally Posted by mckobe View Post
    Hit it with a steamer and a shop vac. Cheaper than an extractor
    Honestly, I'd be worried about separating the glue from the fabric and causing sagging. I don't have enough experience with that method. Last time I did something similar to that it did not end well. For interior stuff, especially on my personal vehicle, I tend to go as Bubba proof as I can get.

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    Re: Interior : Milk Bomb

    Quote Originally Posted by ERP View Post
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    I know seat belts should be cleaned by pulling them all the way out and then hit with a cleaner and a detail brush but I don't know what product is necessary and also safe for this sort of olfactory abomination. ...
    Be sure to leave the seat belts pulled out completely until they are dry. You don't want to retract them still wet.

    I'm just a hobbyist/observer here and not a pro, but I can say every time I've seen milk spill topics come up it sounds like you've got to do an enzyme treatment to the spill to fix the problem. That way you're not just chasing the symptoms.

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    Re: Interior : Milk Bomb

    The fats in the milk have gone rancid. Enzyme cleaner will break down the fats as already mentioned.

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