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  1. Hi Guys, Spoke to Environmental Health from my council. Because of how well ventilated the van has been and how long ago the chemical was released, they have advised that I don't need to get them out professionally to deal with a "chemical incident". They advised that I put baking soda and charcoal in the van, keep it as well ventilated as possible, and try to wash as much of the carpets and fabrics as possible using carpet shampoo with some baking soda mixed in. As a precaution, they advised I wear a mask while doing it. They were not overly concerned, and said it would sort itself out over the next month or so.
  2. Thanks Guys, This did happen over a month ago. We have spent 2 nights in the camper over the past few weeks with no ill effects other than a slight sore throat in the morning. I am continuing to air the van out with all the windows open 24/7 and now have the bicarb and charcoal trays in place. Do you think it is worth having some dishes of sacrificial water to absorb the sulphur and turn acidic? I am also going to strip all the seat and bed coverings and hopefully the carpet, and get them all thoroughly washed in bicarb soda. The odour was really bad initially, but is much reduced in the past few weeks. I think it is gradually clearing itself out, I'd just like any advice that you can offer on accelerating the process. I'm not sure my local fire station will be able to help. I know a fireman, so I will ask his advice. Thanks again, Robin
  3. Thanks guys, I can categorically state that the smell definitely wasn't there beforehand.
  4. Thanks guys - not sounding great for me. .. I forgot to mention that a lot of my metallic objects in the van have a lot of surface corrosion all of a sudden. My box of fuses in the cupboard is all corroded, my stereo and cigarette cables are all corroded. Not sure what it may have done to the actual structure of the van internally. My TV has also been on the blink, as if it's got electrical issues. I left the charcoal and fans running overnight and am happy to report that the smell seems to be much reduced this morning. Do people agree that charcoal or bicarb of soda should absorb the sulphur dioxide? Is there anything else I can try? How would I get in contact with Ian Dunning?
  5. Thanks. The seats are not easily removable, but I have thoroughly vacuumed them and beat them with my hands as I was doing it to agitate any surface dust. I ordered one of those SaniGuard bombs as well, will give that a go. Thanks.
  6. Hi Guys, Thanks for all the replies. I also did a couple of rounds of shake n' vac and Febreeze aerosol spraying as part of my attempts to get rid of the odour. It didn't work. I took some of the advice earlier and have put a large tray of charcoal in the van overnight with a fan running over it to keep the air circulating. I've also placed strategic smaller trays of bicarbonate of soda around the van on the front seats and in the dining area. I've left the windows open a little to facilitate some exchange of fresh air. I am still baffled as to where the smell can be coming from, as the van has been driven around with all the windows open, and has had every surface repeatedly cleaned. Unless the upholstery has soaked up the sulphur, I can't understand where the continuing smell and eye/throat irritation can be coming from. I don't just want to cover up the smell, as it isn't the smell that's causing the irritation, it must actually be sulphur particles in the air. I am firmly crossing my fingers that the charcoal and bicarb will do something to clear this up. We are planning a 2 week touring holiday in the van soon, and it isn't going to be pleasant if we don't get this resolved. Any further suggestions are gratefully received. Thanks, Robin
  7. Hi Guys, I just joined this forum and am looking for some advice. I bought an old American camper van a few months ago which was for sale locally. It was in really nice condition with a fold-down bed, cooker, fridge, etc. that are all working great, so far. However, fairly soon after picking it up I noticed that there were quite a few flies in there. I think they were cluster flies. I did some googling and found some advice that a sulphur candle may be a good way to go because they are used to fumigate greenhouses, etc. So, I bought a sulphur candle, sited it in the centre of the camper on a metal plate away from anything flamable, and lit it, after sealing all the windows and vents. Result= flies completely gone, I haven't seen a single living thing in the van since I did it. But. .. I did this over a month ago, and the van completely stinks of a sulphur-like smell any time I go in there. I have kept the windows open (24/7 for 2 weeks), run hot fans, cold fans, burned scented candles, hung about 20 magic trees around the van, everything, and the smell won't go. We have vacuumed it out 3 or 4 times under every seat and table, and the roof lining, cupboards, etc. I've rubbed down every surface with disinfectant. The smell just won't go, and worse than that is that we get a sore throat and watery eyes when we are in the van. It is so unpleasant that we can't sleep in there, and I don't know what else I can try. I can't understand where the smell is coming from and why it has lingered for so long. I've run all the vents on full pelt for hours to try and clear out any smells that could be in there. There was no smell at all before. Can anyone offer any advice on what we could use to kill this smell and more importantly remove whatever sulphur residue is irritating our throats and eyes. The van is effectively uninhabitable at the moment. Thanks in advance, Robin (the idiot)
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