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Old 09-03-2012, 01:08 AM   #1
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How do I clean up this mess?

Passenger threw up mostly but between the pax front seat the center console.


You can even see some of the red stains. Stinks stinks stinks.

1. Any recommendations for a detailer in San Jose-ish who can steam clean this out?

2. Will a detailer be able to steam clean this area out? Or will I need to remove the seat first?

Is there a detailer who would be able to remove the seat for me? I just moved and started a new job - really don't have time to to disconnect the battery, find my tools, and remove the seat.

Any other suggestions? What would you do?

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Old 09-03-2012, 02:52 AM   #2
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You said it Best, Pay $100's on a detailer or do it yourself.. Its easy and worth it.. You could make the passenger clean their own mess too.. lol. Sorry man. That bites..
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Old 09-04-2012, 12:58 AM   #3
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You said it Best, Pay $100's on a detailer or do it yourself.. Its easy and worth it.. You could make the passenger clean their own mess too.. lol. Sorry man. That bites..
I think some of it might be stuck under the seat track.
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Old 09-04-2012, 03:13 AM   #4
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Old 09-04-2012, 10:21 AM   #5
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When my EX-girlfriend barfed all over my car, I just cleaned out what i could see, then removed the passenger seat, cleaned all the puke from the seat tracks and wires, and took it to the car wash with out the seat so they could properly shampoo the carpets. I also made sure i tipped the guy well because it was disgusting. With the seat out, you can also clean the barf out of the air conditioning duct under the seat and inbetween the front/rear carpet seam. Took me forever to clean it thoroughly but there is no trace of the incident anymore. Just be thorough and when in doubt, take it out and clean it. A tiny piece of chum will make the car stink, especially in the california heat
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Old 09-04-2012, 10:31 AM   #6
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When my EX-girlfriend barfed all over my car, I just cleaned out what i could see, then removed the passenger seat, cleaned all the puke from the seat tracks and wires, and took it to the car wash with out the seat so they could properly shampoo the carpets. I also made sure i tipped the guy well because it was disgusting. With the seat out, you can also clean the barf out of the air conditioning duct under the seat and inbetween the front/rear carpet seam. Took me forever to clean it thoroughly but there is no trace of the incident anymore. Just be thorough and when in doubt, take it out and clean it. A tiny piece of chum will make the car stink, especially in the california heat
did your SRS airbag light come one because mine did after i drove 3 feet to move the car with out the seat attached
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Old 09-04-2012, 10:37 AM   #7
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Disconnect battery 5 mins. before removing seat. Very easy to do...5 bolts and one connector. You'll find the 'protocol' for seat removal all over the place...just follow the proper order...see tis.spaghettidecoder.org or Bentley...or a diy here.

You have to remove seat.

Spray carpet cleaner...spritz out the tracks...let air dry a good while.

You know who should be doing all this work, right?
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Old 09-04-2012, 01:48 PM   #8
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I'm unclear about removing the seat - can I drive without the passenger seat attached? Or will that trigger the service light?
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Old 09-04-2012, 01:55 PM   #9
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If you unplug the seat while the battery is connected, you'll end up with an airbag light...easy to remove if you take it to a place with computer for that. That would be the only consequence of driving without a seat. You could loosen it up and do the final removal elsewhere after battery disconnect...so I guess you're thinking of taking it to a detailer, huh?

You can clean it up yourself easily for $5--carpet cleaning spray. Let everything dry...vacuum up the chunks...then clean will with that spray and stuff.

Put plastic under seat rails and spray them off well...then lubricate afterwards (think it's a grease)...maybe not.

Anyway, you'll get a light if you hook up the battery before you've reconnected the seat again...the seat belt tensioner should still work though...just me...I hate lights!
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It will trigger the light. Just park safely and unhook the battery, do your cleanin, PUT everything back, then hook up the battery again..
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If you unplug the seat while the battery is connected, you'll end up with an airbag light...easy to remove if you take it to a place with computer for that. That would be the only consequence of driving without a seat. You could loosen it up and do the final removal elsewhere after battery disconnect...so I guess you're thinking of taking it to a detailer, huh?

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Anyway, you'll get a light if you hook up the battery before you've reconnected the seat again...the seat belt tensioner should still work though...just me...I hate lights!
Yeah, I'm planning to bring this to a detailer. I'm trying to figure out the logistics of detaching the seat (but keeping it in the car - so they can clean the seams), driving to the detailer, all the while avoiding getting the airbag light enabled.

It doesn't sound like this would be possible.
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The light came on. When i got home i turned it off using the factory diagnostic software on my laptop. no big deal

I dont know how my EX did it, but she managed to puke between the door and the seat and somehow managed to get barf all over both seat tracks, all the wires under the seat, and up into the underseat air vent.
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Old 09-04-2012, 03:17 PM   #13
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The light came on. When i got home i turned it off using the factory diagnostic software on my laptop. no big deal.

I don't have any equipment or software to reset the car.

But it looks like I don't have much of a choice in this situation. I wonder how much one of the local repair places will rape me for resetting the light.
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You really don't need a detailer. Once you get the seat out, just work on it for a bit. You'll have perfect access...just saying.

$5 and a few hours.

My passenger thought he was puking out his window...but the window was closed! Oops! I had to remove my door panel and seat!
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Old 09-06-2012, 04:28 PM   #15
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More sad/bad news. The detailer did their magic, but the smell still lingers. I'm 95% sure I need to remove the seat and do more work underneath it.

And possibly the area under the track.



What cleaning solution would you recommend?
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Old 09-06-2012, 04:37 PM   #16
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Why, as humans seeking a place to hurl, do we spontaneously aim for maximum damage??


NO barfing in the bimmer. EVER.


Good luck indemnifying yourself. Sounds like you're on the right track.
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What cleaning solution would you recommend?
Tons of baking soda (Costco has big bags cheap) poured everywhere and left to sit for a few days.
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Tons of baking soda (Costco has big bags cheap) poured everywhere and left to sit for a few days.
By itself? (I'm hoping this isn't mixed with water)
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lmao, remove the seat and get to scrubbin, GL
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^ Yes. The dry powder will absorb the odor. I'm thinking that dampening the area with a water spray bottle might 'activate' it a bit. In any case, even if the baking soda gets soaked, once it's dry again it will vacuum easily. Use a lot (completely cover the carpet and seat tracks).
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