Smelly pup

Discussion in 'Camping Around Wildlife' started by Muller 5, Jan 7, 2019.

  1. Muller 5

    Muller 5 Active Member

    Jan 6, 2019
    My NTU pup smells. I think they smoked in it. I want to freshen it up, but we will be going through With or Montana this summer. Would Fabreze or Lavender attract unwanted visitors? We already plan on no eating or cooking in the pup.
  2. Muller 5

    Muller 5 Active Member

    Jan 6, 2019
    Through Wyoming. My phone is acting up.
  3. gladecreekwy

    gladecreekwy Well-Known Member

    Sep 25, 2016
    No eating inside? Why?
  4. kitphantom

    kitphantom Well-Known Member

    Dec 26, 2009
    Albuquerque, NM
    Airing it out, and washing what soft goods you can will do the most for getting rid of the stale smoke. Febreeze basically just covers things up, at last for a while, then leaves its own smell. (We just had to replace the unfinished wood backing, along with the foam and fabric, on a foot stool brought back from my MIL's. She smoked, but loved Febreeze, etc. It had soaked into the wood which is similar to what's on the bunk ends in a pup. Our hands reeked of Febreeze after handling the original wood. I planned to replace the foam and fabric when we decided to take the footstool hadn't planned on needing to replace that piece of wood; the finished wood cleaned up fine.) It also never did anything for the used truck we bought years ago, which turned out to have been owned by a smoker. (& now all those type of products cause issues for both of us, since we have asthma.)
    You'll probably be wanting to re-waterproof the canvas anyway, depending on the type, so you might as well wash it beforehand. Cushion covers can usually be washed, carefully, and hug to dry.
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  5. 1380ken

    1380ken Well-Known Member

    Nov 7, 2013
    I would was everything with diluted bleach.
  6. J Starsky

    J Starsky Well-Known Member

    Aug 3, 2017
    East Central MN
    So, without the long story I quit smoking after thanksgiving. My car, however, smelled really bad as my 80mile commute consisted of many smokes. I'll say I smoked in all our cars, never ever in the campers and never in the house.

    I opened a bag of the cheapest charcoal up and let it sit in a paint tray for the first few weeks. One tray on the front floor, one in the back. I tossed them into the firepit when I was done - don't waste Kingstone money and charcoal! I was very surprised on how much that did to get the ciggy smell out of my car. For less than a back a smokes, I'd surely try that! [:D]
  7. Muller 5

    Muller 5 Active Member

    Jan 6, 2019
    Thanks. Charcoal sounds like a great first step. Not sure how to remove, wash, or waterproof the canvas. I have a lot to learn!
  8. jmkay1

    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

    Oct 10, 2013
    Northern Virginia
    Airing the popup out on a couple nice sunny days will help a lot as well. Take cushion covers off and throw them in the wash and bring the foam outside to air out as well . Wash with a diluted bleach solution every hard surface including the ceiling. The canvas is a differant story and I'm not sure how well cigarette smoke will come out with a good airing out. If camping in bear country I would not use fabrieeze or other sweet smelling fresheners. Wouldnt want to attract critters of either the big or small variety.
  9. J Starsky

    J Starsky Well-Known Member

    Aug 3, 2017
    East Central MN
    Smelly pup, Smelly's not your fault!

    * Apologies for the poorly added Friends joke, but I'll be there for you...
  10. neighbormike

    neighbormike Well-Known Member

    Oct 6, 2012
    Congratulations! Some day maybe I will be able to say the same!
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  11. Fless

    Fless Active Member

    Use an ozone generator.
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  12. Steve in Denver

    Steve in Denver Member

    Sep 1, 2018
    +1 on the ozone generator.

    I bought one a year ago whe. I was trying to get rid of s terrible smell in my house from using “rotten” paint. It was really bad, and I was trying to sell the house, so the smell had to go! I bought an ozone generator on Amazon for $80 (?) and I was thrilled with how well it worked.

    This fall when I bought my pop up, I used the ozone generator again (cigar smoke, I think). I ran it for about 4-6 hours, and it got rid of 90% of the smell.

    Just don’t let anyone breathe the ozone while the machine is running.
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  13. Toedtoes

    Toedtoes Well-Known Member

    May 28, 2018
    Febreeze works for light odor issues. Just remember that whatever you use, during the first few rains you may find the odor seems to regenerate. This will dissipate in time, but just remember it.

    You can also try nature's remedy - it can help a bit.

    Wash anything you can. Let your mattresses sit out in the sun for several days (use a light spraying of unscented febreeze or nature's remedy on them). You might try removing the canvase if you can and setting it out in the sun for several days - reverse it so both sides see the sun.
  14. generok

    generok Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2013
    Anchorage, AK
    If you go to your local sporting goods store, go to the hunting area and you will find a plethora of scent control products to spray on. They have NO ODOR at all, and usually do a nice job on soft and hard surfaces. I had a diesel can leak in my cab, and sprayed some on it for a few days and it worked well. There's "Scent Away" which is pretty popular (probably at most Wal-Marts). It DOES leave a whitish residue on hard surfaces, but on soft stuff I've never seen it too bad.

    Baking soda and charcoal might work well too.
  15. joet

    joet Well-Known Member

    Mar 16, 2011
    Elkins WV area
    Ozone generator... Car lots use them all the time. They will get smoke odors out of a vehicle
  16. kitphantom

    kitphantom Well-Known Member

    Dec 26, 2009
    Albuquerque, NM
    If you use an ozone generator, use care to keep the output away from hard plastics. We bought one to use in the stinky Colorado. I ended up using the ozone machine every couple of weeks, as the odor kept returning. (It may have been related to the oil use issue - a year and half and we couldn't keep the floral smell out of the truck, even though we parked it with the windows slightly open, had it detailed, etc. etc. Eventually we traded it for the Silverado; the dealer was tired of trying to fix it too.) One time, I ran the machine with it sitting on the console instead of on the floor. The map light covers clouded up. (There are warnings about plastic damage.)
  17. Dan from Troup

    Dan from Troup Well-Known Member

    Apr 25, 2018
    Troup, Texas
    One can also rent an ozone generator from your local tool rental store. We got smoke in our house from faulty venting with our wood burning stove. The smoke permeated everything and 6 hrs. later the odor was totally gone.
  18. p

    p Active Member

    Jun 9, 2014
    An old pup we had stunk so bad our neighbors across the street would close thier windows.

    We put fans inside and sprayed a combo of Lemon grass and tea tree essentials oils every day for a week. It got rid f a lot but we still threw out the cushions.
  19. BillyMc

    BillyMc Active Member

    Mar 25, 2018
    South Carolina
    Ours had smokers as prior owners as well as dogs. It smelled like wet dogs smoking cigarettes. First thing we did was remove all curtains and cushion covers and washed them twice. Clean inside thoroughly and Fabreeze inside a few times. Kept it up and open as much as possible for a few weeks while putting everything back in and doing some mods to make it our own. I catch a faint smell of cigarette once in a while, but much better.

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