I have just bought a Used car. I honestly believe some person has died in the car. The placements of stains predicts that the person has lost their body fluids in the drivers seat, a little on the passengers seat and on the back seat and floor or passengers side. I have hosed, scrubbed and done the best I know how too clean up a bad messes but this odor is bad. Nothing like I have smelt before except in death.
What do you recommend? I believe it might be best to rip out seats and carpet and start fresh. Just after your input.
Before you start ripping anything out, what you need to understand is that odor can be “alive”. Biological odors – especially those originating from an animal or person – will migrate throughout the local environment. When held captive, such as inside a wooden box, closet, or other small compartment like the cab of an automobile, the odor will no doubt move onto and into other surfaces well beyond where you can see it physically existed. In general, anything fabric will be contaminated. Hard surfaces like metal and plastic are more resistant to the relocation process but nonetheless, they will need to be treated and can host this noxious smell.
Lucky for you there is a way to purge the smell from the vehicle. We’ve had great results using NNZ for dead body odor including smells from deceased people. The easiest way to get complete coverage and the fastest results would be to use the MINI FOGGER. Fill it with 25-75 (1 part NNZ to 3 parts water) mix of NNZ and Water and lightly mist the entire insides of the vehicle twice daily until the odor is gone. It will only require 15-30 seconds of fogging per treatment. Most people report complete odor removal within 3-4 days. The key to this approach is that the mist will cover most everything inside the car so you can effectively defeat the odor by getting it covered thoroughly right away. In cases where people try to hand wipe all surfaces, they typically don’t get “into” key spots where the odor has no doubt migrated. The net result is the odor will persist a lot longer than one would like causing a lot of extra effort and aggravation.
That being said, you can try using the NNZ by wiping it all over any exposed surface inside the vehicle. This will no doubt take a lot more time and effort but it will save you the purchase cost of the Mini Fogger. If you use this approach, remember that it will take a lot more time to resolve the problem but if you have patience and keep at it, you’ll get the desired results.
Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:
Mini Fogger: http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/foggers/fogmaster-5330-120-volt
Odor Control: http://www.bugspray.com/article/odor.html