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Old 01-11-2013, 09:51 AM   #1
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Cleaning the Carpet

I am the proud new owner of my first Jeep. I recently purchased a 2008 Wrangler Unlimited Soft Top. I love it, but I have noticed that the soft top leaks which has resulted in wet carpet in the back seats. I live in Oklahoma and rain is not that common. I noticed the carpet just comes right up.

I was wondering.. Is it safe to watch and dry the carpet in your washing machine and dryer? Does anyone else have a problem with a leaky soft top?

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I am the proud new owner of my first Jeep. I recently purchased a 2008 Wrangler Unlimited Soft Top. I love it, but I have noticed that the soft top leaks which has resulted in wet carpet in the back seats. I live in Oklahoma and rain is not that common. I noticed the carpet just comes right up.

I was wondering.. Is it safe to watch and dry the carpet in your washing machine and dryer? Does anyone else have a problem with a leaky soft top?
A huge number seem to have leaks with the soft top and hard tops. I have troubles on my hard top but not my soft top. I take my carpets out and run no carpets to solve the problem

To answer your question I think it's a rigid carpet so idk how it will fit? You could take it out and use carpet shampoo and a hose. Or dish soap and a hose and hang it out to dry

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I pulled my front carpet out and took it to the carwash where I power washed it and then dyed it to freshen it up. Looks new and no dirt stains or smell. I'm sure the same will work for your back carpet.

Also I've always pulled the drain plugs in my Jeeps to help drain water and dry the carpet quicker. I usually run without a top so the carpet gets wet regularly. I've pulled my back carpet and don't plan on putting it back in, I keep the front in to keep the heat down.
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I pulled my front carpet out and took it to the carwash where I power washed it and then dyed it to freshen it up. Looks new and no dirt stains or smell. I'm sure the same will work for your back carpet.

Also I've always pulled the drain plugs in my Jeeps to help drain water and dry the carpet quicker. I usually run without a top so the carpet gets wet regularly. I've pulled my back carpet and don't plan on putting it back in, I keep the front in to keep the heat down.
Jeep has drain plugs?? I guess I will look for it. Thank for the reply!
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So a leaky top is a fairly normal Jeep thing?
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So a leaky top is a fairly normal Jeep thing?
Leaky top? You should have seen what happened to my inside when i drove through a car wash. It was mansoon.
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So a leaky top is a fairly normal Jeep thing?
I wish I could say no. At some point in their lives most jeeps leak. But they can get even more wet when you forget your windows and doors and it starts to pour 1/2 way thru the day. I've been there-that was an interesting drive home from work
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I wish I could say no. At some point in their lives most jeeps leak. But they can get even more wet when you forget your windows and doors and it starts to pour 1/2 way thru the day. I've been there-that was an interesting drive home from work
Sounds great!
I'm actually looking forward to that if the temperature is right!
Any problems with the stereo after the rain?
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Sounds great!
Any problems with the stereo after the rain?
Althugh I run without a full top I always have the bikini top on so the dash and front seats don't get soaked. I've never had a problem with the stereo getting "wet"; mostly just a lite mist on it, and no issues from that.
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This may be a dumb question, but are you supposed to take soft top Jeeps into a car wash (even brushless car washes)? Thought I had read somewhere that you should only do that with hard tops.
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This may be a dumb question, but are you supposed to take soft top Jeeps into a car wash (even brushless car washes)? Thought I had read somewhere that you should only do that with hard tops.
You shouldn't and your manual recommends against it. But many, including myself, routinely do.
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In the past I have taken my carpet out and cleaned them. First you will want to vacuum all of the loose dirt etc up that you can...then use a carpet soap and water mixture or laundry detergent...hand scrub...rinse and let air dry. Makes them look like new and smells great.

While you have the carpet out...wash out the inside of your rig and pull the drain plugs.

I am going to try my carpet cleaner on my wife's jeep tomorrow...it cleans with the soap and water and extracts the fluid at the same time....should allow for a faster dry time.

Always test on small area to make sure your cleaner doesn't discolor or bleach them...if you do somehow ruin your carpet just get the interior line with some kind of high quality truck bed liner... just my thoughts. any other ideas would be great!
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I have a Little Green Machine by Bissell that I use regularly and without question right after the winter for a spring cleaning to get the salt and other stuff out of my vehicles. It works great and is only about $100 or less and you can use it the rest of the time in the house on small spills and stains.

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