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LosAngelesLGT 04-19-2012 10:41 AM

Help i ruined my dodge durango with fish sauce!

Yesterday a bottle of :rolleyes: spilled in the Durango, all over the leather seats and floor. That old gag where you leave a fish in a car to rot while the owner goes on vacation? This is about 1000 times worse. Its difficult to imagine how bad fermented fish sauce soaked into leather smells.

I'm going to pull out the SpotBot and hit the carpet. Any suggestions on how to "deep clean" leather now that the fish sauce has soaked in?:mad:

Thinking about buying new seats although I get the feeling I can fix the carpets with my SpotBot...

Seriously, my friend Faye said "Oh god, your car smells like VAG" (she was suggesting it smelled like week old vagina)... And that was from the OUTSIDE with the windows up and doors closed:spin:

LosAngelesLGT 04-19-2012 10:45 AM

Does this belong in general funny or the food section? This seriously sucks.

GTTuner 04-19-2012 10:47 AM

Your screwed.

Dujo 04-19-2012 10:52 AM

Leaving things out in the sun can sometimes help air them out and clean them, especially for organic smells, b/c most bacteria/molds/mildews don't really like direct sunlight. Consider pulling the seats and leaving them sitting in direct sunshine. This may even be more effective if you pull them apart. I'm sure the foam in the seats has soaked in the crap too. Your best bet may be to try to replace the foam. Seems like you should be able to scrub on the leather in a few wash then dry cycles out in the sun. Don't overdo the sun exposure since you don't want to completely dry out or fade the leather. Sorry I don't have a more specific chemical solution for you. For carpets, again you might have most luck tossing the padding (if any). Obviously, this implies pulling the interior out of the Durango, but if you're replacing seats and such, sounds like you're already willing to go that far. Trying these steps can only cost you time and effort and may save money in the end. There's no way all new leather is cheap. Good luck.

pillboy 04-19-2012 10:55 AM

Put that stuff in a sippy cup next time if you can't wait to get home to imbibe.

FUIAAE 04-19-2012 10:59 AM

Kill it with fire.

hinkelstein 04-19-2012 11:06 AM

Fabreeze for couches? Use the entire bottle.

Dujo 04-19-2012 11:15 AM

^ Start with something a little stronger for cleaning (like Fantastik or some such) and then move to a disinfecting spray like Lysol and then move to Fabreeze. Scrub everything in to the leather, including the Lysol and Fabreeze.

Watch out for chemicals that may cause the dye to fade.

By all means leave all doors and tailgate open on the Durango as long as you are comfortable with it (and it's not raining). A big part of the problem is that it is an enclosed space. Air it out. (I'm talking days here).

sactojesse 04-19-2012 11:15 AM

Yikes! Other than selling the car to a Vietnamese family, my suggestion would be to look for some Nature's Miracle:

It's found at most pet stores and places that sell cleaning products. It has enzymes that break down odor causing agents of biological origin, such as saliva, urine, vomit, and feces. Fish sauce is pretty organic, so I suspect it will work on it as well. I used it years ago in my 1994 Suzuki Sidekick when my then girlfriend vomited white wine and seafood dinner all over my passenger seat. :mad:

allgrownup 04-19-2012 11:20 AM

Ohh man that is nasty. The carpet can probably be steam cleaned and thus disinfected. My LGT was smoked in, my detailer used a "Neutralizer" in the steam/shampoo solution that made a huge difference.

I would say getting new seats would be easiest if you have the means, way less of a headache then working on them forever and having them still smell.

If all else fails a trio of Squash air fresheners paired with Baking soda may mask it :)

good luck.

FJuan 04-19-2012 11:24 AM

Sounds fishy, but you'll need to pull the carpet up and clean underneath it too. You'll also will need to pull the seat apart and clean the leather on the back side as well.

Good luck...:lol:

LosAngelesLGT 04-19-2012 11:40 AM

This sucks. Steam cleaning it may have made it WORSE not better. Im starting to think removal (at least for cleaning) is my only option. Also wondering what it would cost to have it detailed out. Would be worth several hundred dollars to me.

...The backstory...
Went to a friends place to cook them dinner since they don't know how to cook. I cook a lot of asian food and knew I needed fish sauce.

...The moral...
If you need fish sauce, leave it as a condiment for the house, do NOT take an open bottle of fish sauce inside anything precious, EVER. How can something that tastes so good cooked, smell so BAD. The first few minutes I try not to GAG and then I get used to it. The wife already told me I smelled terrible so I know anyone who gets in smells like week old vag too...:spin:

...the moron...
Seriously, on some levels this is worse than a part failure.:redface: I feel like a f---ing idiot.

BAC5.2 04-19-2012 11:57 AM

Gut it and replace the interior.

Gire 04-19-2012 11:59 AM

I think rolling it into the ocean is the only recourse here.

Purely by accident of course.

RuskiTrombone 04-19-2012 11:59 AM

I :lol: at your misfortune. Sorry, but it's funny. Sell the car, start over.

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