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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-03-2011, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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Help, I spilled a gallon of milk in the commander

I went to the store the other night to buy some groceries. At the end opf the trip I loaded the groceries into the back. I sat a gallon of milk in the back on my husky liner tray next to a few sacks of groceries.

I get home and started unloading the groceries only to find the gallon of milk had rubbed up against an ice scraper ( i know it is summer) and had ruptured. I quickly cleaned up the mess thinking the majority of it had been caught up in the husky liner and soaked up by a jacket and some other misc items.

The next morning I get up and head to the car wash to wash the husky liner and my mays and to spot clean the carpet in the back. I had already removed my third row seating so it was clearly out of the way. I get to the car wash and spot clean the rear carpet areas and vacuum out the Jeep. Cleaned off the mats. Evrything smells fine.

Fast forward to the next day Saturday....It stinks....in fact, it wreaks!. I hosed the rear area down with febreeze thinking I just missed a spot or something. I crack the window and go on about my weekend with my family...in the family van of course.

Fast forward to today I check it and it still wreaks even worse. Now I see little gnatty flying bugs in and around the rear.

So I peel up the rear carpet to find a few cheesed up areas that I didn't see. I clean those and I am still looking and it had made its way all the way to the front passenger floor board. OMG! Cheesy milk and bugs everywhere!

So at this point I tore out the pad from the cargo area and I have torn out most of the pad from the front floorboard on the passenger side. At this point I may have to remove the passenger seat and tear up the carpet on that side.

So where can I get new carpet and padding? Anyone recommend a way to get rid of the smell?

At this point it appears to be only on the passenger side. Not sure where to go from here except to burn this b#tch. Not sure when I will be able to drink Milk again either.

Oh yeah I am using bleach wipes and paper towels to mop up what I can.

UPDATE 3/30/2014
I never was able to get the nasty smell out of my carpet. So I saved my change and after 2+ years I was able to buy new carpet from the dealer and install it myself.
I still don't drink milk. But I am able to eat ice cream and cheese without thinking about it so much.

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Dude, I feel for you. We had a car at work that had hit a deer. By the time that we got it in the shop to start working on it , it had been close to two weeks. The accident had caused a bottle of breast milk to spill in the floor. Needless to say we replaced the entire carpet.

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Pull the carpeting out, rip off the pad and toss it. Take the carpeting to the car wash, hose it down. Throw it on your roof of the house to dry, or over a ladder (sun and slope to drain). Go to home depot and buy new padding, glue in place with some spray glue, replace carpeting once dry.

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Pull the carpeting out, rip off the pad and toss it. Take the carpeting to the car wash, hose it down. Throw it on your roof of the house to dry, or over a ladder (sun and slope to drain). Go to home depot and buy new padding, glue in place with some spray glue, replace carpeting once dry.
I am liking this idea!


Here is what I am thinking so far.

I think I still have some of that milk in areas I can't see or reach. The vehicle still smells sour. The Natures Miracle stuff did wonders but it didn't finish the job. The worst of it is over though. I no longer feel like wretching when I am in the vehicle.

This is what I am thinking of doing.
* Put the passenger seat back in place so I can use the vehicle properly for the rest of the week.
* Wait until Friday night and see if smell is still present or not.
* If the smell is still strong and present then Saturday morning unbolt the middle row of seats. So far I can see 8 easy to access bolts. Not sure if there are others. I am still trying to figure that piece out. Once those seats are unbolted I can finish removing the carpet.
* Cut the passenger side piece of carpet On the hump so it detaches from the drivers side. This will prevent me from having to damage/throw away the padding on the drivers side. As far as I can tell it didn't receive any of the spilled milk.
* Take the passenger side carpet and cargo area carpet to the car wash, power wash the hell out if it. Shop vac excess water from it Then hang up in yard to dry.
* Finish cleaning interior and a spray down with the natures miracle on last time.
* When carpet is dry reinstall it with seats. Worry about fixing the lost padding later.

I was thinking of a professional detail and steam cleaning but...that may cost me $100 or more that I do not have. And there is the possibility they will not get the smell out of it.
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replace all of the padding--you'd be amazed at how much of it will have soaked up some milk. Also you should avoid cutting the carpet if possible, many times it's 'formed' and cutting it will ruin it, and give you more edges to peel up all the time.

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Anyone have a how to thread on removing the second row? I only found 2 threads involving the 2nd row seats and none mentioned how many bolts etc there were. I can only locate 8 bolts and a few trim screws.

Unfortunately much of the padding is also formed to the floorboards and some contours.I can probably make it work. But it will not look factory when completed.

But you are also right I should remove the entire piece and not cut it.

I called the dealership this morning inquiring about new carpet and I was quoted $519. That did NOT cover install. I was so sticker shocked that I failed to ask if that also covered padding or if the padding could be ordered separately. That price only covered the front rows. it did not cover the cargo area carpet. I guess that comes out separately. it appears that both pieces of carpet are bolted in under the second row.
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