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Oct 20, 2009 08:14 PM

Fish "Juice" on car floor

My vehicle smells like dead meat. Some fish juice leaked out of the bag into the carpet. Does anyone have an idea or two on how to correct this mess? I washed with several products but obviously I need something stronger or, should this be done professionally? and what kind of a business? or, should I call the Car Guys on NPR?

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  1. baking soda is the first thing that comes to mind, but you can also try an odor remover made specifically for rugs/carpets. and there are hand soaps geared toward fishermen to help remove the smell..

    if you want to have it done professionally, go to an auto detailing center.

    1. I really wasn't sure what to suggest beyond blot wash repeat... this is what Martha has to say on the subject: (NB the advice is for wall-to-wall carpet/area rugs)

      "Removing Stains
      Some commercial spot removers take off the protective coatings or break down dyes that are found on most carpets, but the remedies listed here do not. Note: Be sure to follow the instructions for spot-cleaning, "blot," "soapy water," and "rinse."

      Stain Type: Organic blood, berries, candy, chocolate, soft drinks/coffee, gravy, ice cream.
      Cleaner: Hydrogen Peroxide bleaches these stains without breaking down carpet dyes.
      Mix: Buy 3 percent solution at a drugstore and use full strength.
      Technique: Scoop up solids with a spoon. Blot liquids. Rinse repeatedly. If stain persists, use soapy water, then rinse. Repeat. If improvement stops, dab on hydrogen peroxide. Wait one hour. Repeat as needed."

      1. Do you have a Little Green Clean Machine? It's like a mini carpet cleaner and gets deeper into the pile/fabric than washing with a sponge will. I've used mine to wash out spots on my home carpet and couch, so it's good to have around.

        1. Find an auto detailer and let the pros handle it.

          1. I would try a pet store for an odor neutralizer first. Anything that is recommended to get rid of the smell of cat urine, should help this.

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            1. re: danhole

              Good old garden variety mouthwash (the old aggressive kind, not the kindler, gentler non-sting!) is worth a try. I keep a spray bottle of store-branded Scope-type mouthwash around for pet "issues;" might be worth a try before more expensive methods. I don't know about the green color possibly staining light carpets, as I've only used it on hard/dark-colored surfaces - if a car has, say, white carpeting already compromised by rotting fish juice, I suppose the possibility of a minty-fresh pale green stain wouldn't be such a bad risk! - Cay