Commercial odour removal for Rygor Mercedes

The problem

Our team recently were contacted by Rygor Mercedes to attend their local depot. The issue was that diesel had been spilt in the cabin of the truck and, although most of the liquid had been removed, the fumes had permeated the soft furnishings of the cab.

Being a large commercial truck, this meant: seats, cabin beds, curtains & ceiling.

The initial solution

The first approach here was to apply a commercial strength (yet eco) cleaning solution with the right action to emulsify any carbon-based residues to allow for recovery via rinse extraction. 

Professional odour neutralisation

Our technician conducted this and cleaned the curtains, beds, seating and ceiling using the full professional method.

He included an eco-friendly commercial-grade odour neutralsier in the rinse water to attack the diesel at this stage of the process as well.

Although the smell initially appeared to have disappeared, once the fabrics had dried, the depot reported back that the issue had returned.

It is for these types of problem that we operate with a full honour guarantee. There are a lot of variables with the materials and solutions we work with – sometimes, things need more than one approach… 

The second solution…

On our second visit, we used a heavier, solvent-based deodoriser. Although we try and limited our use of solvents, in this case it is the industry prescribed method. Solvent based deodorisers are commonly used in the fire restoration industry because they are more deeply absorbed into materials and are longer lasting. Because we were dealing with carbon/diesel deposits, they certainly seemed like the right way to go.

After the deodorisation, we installed one of our ozone generators (and forgot to take any photos!). These handy devices work by generating O3 particles.

Ozone is oxygen but in a different form. It contains three oxygen molecules and not two. The third molecule can detach and apply itself to other chemicals or substances. This ability to attach to other substances (such as odour causing particles) means the ozone is able to alter these substances.

Deep clean of Mercedes commercial vehicle

The result

This time, the diesel smell had diminished to an almost indiscernable amount. Sometimes, we have to accept that a perfect result is an unlikely goal. We had discussed this reality with our client from the outset, and then had set about achieving the very best result possible.

In this case, we feel that we met the brief and delivered a result that meant the vehicle can comfortably be back in use.

How does “eco” benefit my furniture & carpets?

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Have a close look at the image above- what do you see?


What we see is the result of putting washable colours through using a standard (probably Bio) laundry detergent. So, what is in our laundry detergent?

A quick Google brings up the following:

Laundry detergents may contain builders (50% by weight, approximately), surfactants (15%), bleach (7%), enzymes (2%), soil antideposition agents, foam regulators, corrosion inhibitors, optical brighteners, dye transfer inhibitors, fragrances, dyes, fillers and formulation aids.

In other words, a chemical assault force brought together to attack the huge range of potential soil types a typical household wash might present. Of course, if you use an eco-friendly detergent, there will be considerably less of the harsher agents at work. Even so, if you wash your removable cushion covers with any frequency, over time the colours will fade. There is not a way for you to clean the frame at the same time, so the difference in colour worsens.

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Why go Eco?


Obviously, eco-friendly solutions contain none of the harsh ingredients listed above.

But it goes further than that. The formulations we use work from a completely different chemical approach. They actively breakdown soils, greases & contaminants and sanitise the fabric/carpet they are applied to. After they have depleted & done their work, they are readily free-rinsing, meaning your soft furnishings stay cleaner for longer.

When we dispose of the waste water from the clean, we know that we are not placing anything into the watercourse that will disrupt the eco-systems it eventually finds its way into.

From a personal perspective, I know that when we use these products there is no risk of damage to my skin or lungs from prolonged exposure .


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Why have a professional clean?

Coming back to the original image, this client could have used a much gentler laundry detergent. This would definitely have limited the amount of bleaching we see. So, what are the benefits of having a professional trained upholstery technician?

I’ll make a list:

  1. We will pre-test your fabric. This will ensure that the correct type of clean takes place with no danger of damage.
  2. We will clean the entire body & cushions of your upholstery at the same time.
  3. We will use a wide range of techniques that we have spent time & money acquiring in order to specify the right type of clean to get an optimal result for you.
  4. We have professional grade machines to ensure we can recover as much water as possible. This isn’t to say that fabric will be dry after we’ve finished, but we will do everything we can to accelerate the process.
  5. We are insured! 

If you have any questions or would like to enquire about having your sofa or upholstery cleaned, feel free to get in touch.

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