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Spilled drink in leather perforated seat.

Hello Guys... well A friend spilled a soda over the passenger perforated seat... I can clean the surface well but the problem lies that apparently the soda infiltrated the perforated seat holes and now I get a weird smell coming from there...

So how can I clean it throughly ? I want to remove must of the residues and specially the smell...


So let me know guys and thanks in advance...

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Re: Spilled drink in leather perforated seat.

Might have to peel back the leather to get to the source of the problem.
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Old 10-17-2012, 08:28 AM
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Re: Spilled drink in leather perforated seat.

Damn I would be pissed lol. Does yours have the ventilated seats?

I am super anal with my cars and if pop spilled into my seat I would literally remove the seat from the car and disassemble the seat to make sure it's 100% clean inside and out. I know it's just a jeep and that's a lot of work, but pop is sticky and nasty and I would want it all gone.
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Re: Spilled drink in leather perforated seat.

I don't have leather yet and people wont ride with me because all i'll let them drink in the car is water... f'em lol
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Re: Spilled drink in leather perforated seat.

Yeah well It didnt bother me much since I never thought the would absorb trough and have a nasty smell later... But now I know I should take care of that with perforated seats...


So guys how do I remove the leather cover of the flat portion of the seat?

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Old 10-17-2012, 11:33 AM
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Your friend owes you a new leather seat......that's the only way to get it done right. That soda is NEVER coming out.


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Re: Spilled drink in leather perforated seat.

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So guys how do I remove the leather cover of the flat portion of the seat?

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Well like I said above its going to be a lot of work. You will have to remove the seat from the car. Usually 4 bolts at the base of the seat brackets, then undo all electrical connections (possibly airbag connections as well), then carefully remove the seat from the vehicle. Usually seat removal is straight forward and not too hard. Once the seat is out you can start disassembling it from the bottom. Plastic side covers need to be removed, then you can probably figure out how to remove the leather. I have never done this on a Jeep, but one time I tried to remove the leather covers on my 07 Acura TL-S, and there were hog clips (I think thats what they are called) securing the leather in many locations. I did not have the tool for these clips, and it overall looked like a PITA so I didnt bother doing that.
You did not answer if you have ventilated seats. If so, there is a spacer that seperates the leather from the seat foam so air can circulate with the fans. That will all needs to be clean as well as the seat cushion. If you do not have the ventilated seats, the leather is likely placed right on the seat foam. Im sure the pop has all been absorbed into the foam. So if you do decide to tackle this job you might want to consider ordering new seat foam unless there is a good way to rinse it out or whatever.

Goodluck with everything.

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Re: Spilled drink in leather perforated seat.

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Well like I said above its going to be a lot of work. You will have to remove the seat from the car. Usually 4 bolts at the base of the seat brackets, then undo all electrical connections (possibly airbag connections as well), then carefully remove the seat from the vehicle. Usually seat removal is straight forward and not too hard. Once the seat is out you can start disassembling it from the bottom. Plastic side covers need to be removed, then you can probably figure out how to remove the leather. I have never done this on a Jeep, but one time I tried to remove the leather covers on my 07 Acura TL-S, and there were hog clips (I think thats what they are called) securing the leather in many locations. I did not have the tool for these clips, and it overall looked like a PITA so I didnt bother doing that.
You did not answer if you have ventilated seats. If so, there is a spacer that seperates the leather from the seat foam so air can circulate with the fans. That will all needs to be clean as well as the seat cushion. If you do not have the ventilated seats, the leather is likely placed right on the seat foam. Im sure the pop has all been absorbed into the foam. So if you do decide to tackle this job you might want to consider ordering new seat foam unless there is a good way to rinse it out or whatever.

Goodluck with everything.

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Yes... They are perforated and ventilated seats as well... Do you guys know where I can find step by step instructions on how to do this?

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Re: Spilled drink in leather perforated seat.

I agree you'll have to remove the seat cover, which means removing the assembly from the car- a huge job. And chances are that you'll have to replace the cover if the crap soaked into the backing of the "leather". And maybe even the ventilation material and seat foam.

Replacing seat covers is a PITA, especially leather, and if you don't do it right it will look terrible. Unless you're familiar with how to do this I'd take it to an upholsterer. That's probably what your dealer would do anyway. Call him and ask what upholsterer they use. Your insurance may cover the cost of repair, less your deductible.

I often wondered about this as a potential problem, given that with the ventilated seat option there is a mesh material underneath that represents a huge reservoir volume, for air of course, but would also hold a lot of liquid if someone should spill. The design really creates the potential for the perfect storm...
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Re: Spilled drink in leather perforated seat.

If the soda was diet then your ahead of the game because there is no sugar. If it was regular soda then you have no choice but to peel back the leather and clean the underneath. I'm not sure but I believe the foam is closed cell, which means that it won't absorb liquid, not 100% on this. If you have heated seats then you also have to clean the heating pad. The leather is held to the seat frame with clips that have to be unhooked and then you can peel back the leather in the affected area. I would remove the seat, remove any moulding and then start removing the leather. If you don't want to tackle this then you could take the seat to a auto upholstry shop and have them do it for you. They have the tools and experience. Good luck.
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Hello Guys... well A friend spilled a soda over the passenger perforated seat... I can clean the surface well but the problem lies that apparently the soda infiltrated the perforated seat holes and now I get a weird smell coming from there...

So how can I clean it throughly ? I want to remove must of the residues and specially the smell...


So let me know guys and thanks in advance...

JC
Didn't you just post not long ago about a drink being spilled on the select terrain controls and how to take that apart? I think maybe you should just not allow drinks in your vehicle.
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Didn't you just post not long ago about a drink being spilled on the select terrain controls and how to take that apart? I think maybe you should just not allow drinks in your vehicle.

Yes I did... its the same incident...
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