Eau de Mouse Piss

#41

Well-Known Member
Local time
4:12 AM
Joined
Oct 18, 2012
Messages
980
Reaction score
1,750
Location
WA
I have a driver Charger 500 that sat for many years and is heavily perfumed by mouse piss. Really, I have nearly no sense of smell but I can hardly stand it. I replaced the carpets, cleaned the nests out of the seats, and scrubbed down the floor pan. The worst of it seems to be in the headliner. It's so bad that the entire garage reeks! This car is in line for a restoration, but it won't be until others in front of it are finished... (several years). In the meantime, I would like to keep the mouse piss car intact as a driver and be able to enjoy it...... meaning: I do not want to rip out the headliner until the car is painted and a new one goes in.

I would live to hear of any solutions that people have been used to neutralize that smell!
 

topside

Well-Known Member
Local time
6:12 AM
Joined
May 26, 2010
Messages
290
Reaction score
259
Location
Sandpoint, ID
It's in the headliner and insulation. Might even be in the glovebox, heater, and firewall insulation.
It's entirely possible to repaint a car and not bother the headliner, though; I've done it several times.
 

Nxcoupe

FBBO Gold Member
FBBO Gold Member
Local time
7:12 AM
Joined
Jul 4, 2021
Messages
1,773
Reaction score
1,733
Location
Red Lion, OH
Fabreeze the **** out of it, put half a dozen of those cans of air freshener crystals. I went through this with one of my cars. Eventually it went away.
 

Rat Rod Al

Well-Known Member
Local time
7:12 AM
Joined
Nov 5, 2020
Messages
831
Reaction score
688
Location
St. James City Florida
Try cat piss. That should overpower the mouse piss smell. !!!
Seriously, about all you can do it rip out the liner and insulation up there and spay it down with urine be gone stuff pet owners buy for their carpets.
 

pnora

FBBO Gold Member
FBBO Gold Member
Local time
7:12 AM
Joined
Apr 21, 2020
Messages
3,076
Reaction score
3,335
Location
Ishpeming, Mi.
Just cut the headliner out. You can do that and leave all the hardware and bows in place. That smell is not going away. I don't care how much perfume you throw at it.
 

zyzzyx

FBBO Gold Member
FBBO Gold Member
Local time
6:12 AM
Joined
Aug 5, 2011
Messages
3,190
Reaction score
4,198
Location
Lisle, Illinois
Yeah, for some reason those little Bastards like ti get up over the sun visors and pee pee. I put a new headliner in my car and
while it was in storage, they got it again! Had to rip everything out and clean, clean, clean. Good luck!
 

440 4 speed

FBBO Gold Member
FBBO Gold Member
Local time
6:12 AM
Joined
Oct 20, 2019
Messages
2,561
Reaction score
1,576
Location
Saskatoon Saskatchewan Canada
An ionizer might also help a lot. Things like kitty litter, coffee, anything that dissolves orders. Maybe ask a mortuary what they do with a deceased body that smells. Try specialists that clean houses after someone has passed on and been in a house for awhile.
 

Cranky

Banned Henchman #27
Staff member
FBBO Gold Member
Local time
6:12 AM
Joined
Dec 4, 2009
Messages
28,989
Reaction score
30,589
Location
Down southeast Taxas
I got a 98 Jeep from the original owner several years ago (for free!) and he was (still is) a very heavy smoker. A buddy of mine gave me a couple of those 'odor eaters' and the first one got rid of most of it and the 2nd one did the trick. IIRC, HD sells it....but can't remember the brand of it but the stuff is fairly common. how to get rid of bad odor in a car - Google Search
 

Ron H

FBBO Gold Member
FBBO Gold Member
Local time
6:12 AM
Joined
Feb 29, 2016
Messages
7,520
Reaction score
8,370
Location
WI
Mice infested my plow truck and got into the heater ducts and blower motor, had to take the motor out and fill up three grocery bags of nest **** & piss reaching into the ducts with a coat hanger. Yeah, this was during a snow storm and had to keep the windows open wearing a respirator from the stench. Blew out the ducts with compressed air including under and behind the seat. Used a lot of moth balls that helped some, dryer sheets, fabreeze, pinesol cleaner spraying that in the ducts and blowing that through. Fuckers were everywhere including the engine bay. Used carpet cleaner on the seats and carpet leaving the doors open to air it out. Doesn’t stink much anymore; but always detectable think the solution as mentioned is tearing out fabric and carpet (in my case).
 

hunt2elk

FBBO Gold Member
FBBO Gold Member
Local time
6:12 AM
Joined
Jul 15, 2009
Messages
9,520
Reaction score
9,632
Location
WI
When you do restore it, make sure you check all the frame rails and rockers for nests. I bought and restored a car several years ago that I didn't think was terrible rustwise. That is until I found out those little bustards built nests in those places. Pissed in their nests and rotted the metal from the inside. What a nightmare that was....
 

Charles Cook

FBBO Gold Member
FBBO Gold Member
Local time
7:12 AM
Joined
May 27, 2015
Messages
2,812
Reaction score
9,101
Location
Gaston South Carolina
Charcoal helps , but you will still have to get the urine cleaned up before the smell will go away.
 

Nxcoupe

FBBO Gold Member
FBBO Gold Member
Local time
7:12 AM
Joined
Jul 4, 2021
Messages
1,773
Reaction score
1,733
Location
Red Lion, OH
I forgot, we also opened up boxes of baking soda. I did not disassemble mine and the smell went away. This thing was awful when I opened it up.
 

Don Frelier

FBBO Gold Member
FBBO Gold Member
Local time
7:12 AM
Joined
Oct 11, 2016
Messages
6,608
Reaction score
9,006
Location
Ionia, NY
I had one die in the front box under the hood.
That was gross.
Then when I finally started the Plymouth they were evicted from the mufflers.
 

Gus chiggins

Well-Known Member
Local time
7:12 AM
Joined
Jan 14, 2021
Messages
675
Reaction score
677
Location
Florida
Try cat piss. That should overpower the mouse piss smell. !!!
Seriously, about all you can do it rip out the liner and insulation up there and spay it down with urine be gone stuff pet owners buy for their carpets.
Cat piss is excellent, but wolf piss even better.
 

RGAZ

Well-Known Member
Local time
7:12 AM
Joined
Jan 12, 2010
Messages
504
Reaction score
325
Location
Greenwood, SC
Two things:

1. Natures Miracle. Get it at pet store.
2. Odoban (Clean Linen scent). Get it at Home Depot.

Do both, first 1. then 2.

The Natures Miracle is an enzyme that will break down the ammonia and uric acids. The odoban is a bactericide/viricide that will permanently kill all secondary bacteria growing on the "remnants" the mouse left behind.

Do both and it will be cleaner than a surgeons table.

RGAZ
 

#41

Well-Known Member
Local time
4:12 AM
Joined
Oct 18, 2012
Messages
980
Reaction score
1,750
Location
WA
Thanks, gents. I will try a few of these out. If I can at least get it to a state where I can drive it without wanting to puke I'll be happy enough until I get to the restoration.

As I said, I don't to pull the headliner out. I prefer to keep my project cars drivable and whole right up until restoration actually starts.... otherwise there would be 20 basket cases in my eventual estate sale.
 
Top