Apparently a significant amount of milk spilled in our Viking side-by-side refrigerator (48", I believe). We've removed all of the shelves, drawers, etc., and cleaned out what we can. However, it appears that the milk has also seeped into the bottom of the fridge, perhaps through the screw holes for the drawer rails on the bottom? Is there any way to remove the bottom of the interior of the fridge to clean out the rest of the milk? Is there any way to get underneath the fridge to clean it out? Thanks!
Re: Can't clean out spilled (and now sour) milk spill
Hi, I'm not familiar with these fridges, but is it possible to access it from the back, underneath the evaporator tray? It could even be that the milk has gone down the drain hole and into the evaporator tray itself. Its a small flat plastic tray that has raised sides, and will probably have water in in, sits just above the motor
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You might want to try a detailing shop. They have commercial products for just such a problem. If the spill was in the fabric where a person would sit, it is in the foam padding too. And could have run down into the seams. Nature's Miracle which is available at pet stores, or lemon juice and water will help cut the smell that remains.
take unit outside........ flush drain evap pan out with warm water and clorine bleach..hope you get all dry residue out......or take it apart and wash out evap pan...can you get to it from underneath???? easier.
if you do not remove milk residue you kitchen will smell forever...remember baby smells????
Mine was located to the left of the top burners. Remove the grates covering the burners, remove the 'spill' pans, lift up the surface that held the spill pans and then on the LHS you should see a plate with your units details.
its not hard, the seats are meant to be removed fairly easily, there are two latches under the seat about a foot in from each edge that have to be released (i think you just reach up under and then its just like a trunk or glove box latch, then push back on the seat and lift up on the front and it should pull out.
Hi: Not knowing your model number I would look where the milk was spilled and see if there is a hole. Possibly behind a panel for the defrost water. If so pour a little clorox bleach ane water in it. If not look for any cracks in the liner of your fridge. Those will expose the foam insulation to absorb the milk and cause odors. Clean them and seal them with teflon tape or a repair kit from the manufacture. On the off chanch the mild spilled to the front of the fridge and leaked behing the front grill the coils there are quite warm and will spoil milk fast. Pull the grill off and clean. I hope this helps, Jeff
Odors in the refrigerator can come from many different sources. Spoiling food, spilled milk, open food. Often a really good cleaning out with an ammonia cleaner can help or with a baking soda water mixture.
But, sometimes an odor can "permeate" into one of the plastic parts found inside the fridge, crisper pans, door liners, shelf supports. Even after you have found the spoiling food, removed it, cleaned the fridge up.....sometimes another plastic part will pick up this odor and continue to give the odor back off. A few things that can help with this type of an odor, place one these inside the fridge section:
- box of baking soda
- dish of coffee grounds
- open slices of bread
The bread trick can be used to effectively to remove odors. Just throw a slice or two onto one of the shelves in the fresh food compartment, leave the bread slice(s) in there for 12-24 hours -no longer- and then throw the bread out or I throw the bread outside for the birds to eat. When bread goes stall, it will **** in odors very well. Because the air inside the refrigerator is blown between both sections, this will help the fridge and freezer sections. Do this for about a week and you should notice a big change in the odor problem :-)
A really bad odor problem. Sometimes something like milk or juice is spilled inside the fridge. The liquid can run under the plastic edge breakers and get into the insulation. This can be very difficult to clean and may require a service call to have the old insulation removed and replaced with new insulation in that section.
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The pan is for holding the defrost water for it to evaporate. If the milk creates an odor, you can acces the pan by removing the front panel under the door (usually). The pan will probably come out so you can clean it.
you can adjust the amount of water by popping the front white cover off the icemaker and adjusting a screw . depending on the model the screw will be a flat head on the side of the icemaker or a phillips screw on the front of the icemaker.
well it didnt get into the compressor area, but it definalty spilled in to evaporatr area, and landed on defrost heater. so yea your smelling boiled spoiled milk!!!mmmmm!!!! you would have to rermove back panel of freezer compartment to fully see the extent of spillage, as far aswhat got under refirig into drain pan, you can problably pull unit forward and remove back panel look into pan for spillage.
compressor would'nt be affected
if you cant remove it then wash it unplug the refrigerator from ac outllet first then remove the carton cover in the back and you gona see the pan were the water is temporaly storege with a garden hose washing the pan and then clean the floor use or news paper around the refrigy is helpfull the water or so in the pan is evaporated with the hot of the compresor sistem that water come frome the freeser compartment....good luck and rate me