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Old 08-26-2010, 12:31 AM   #1
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Exclamation Mildew smelllllllllll!

I need some ideas for my soft top always smelling right after it rains, its brand new (year or so) and i take great care of it, i use the bestop cleaner and protectant. but everytime it rains, my soft top doors fill up with water where the poles are and start smelling, sometimes they fill uo so much that they spill over the bars onto the floorboard. thankfully i just moved to texas so it doesnt rain too much here but im sick of the smell and air fresheners dont seem to touch it! help!!

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The smell is from either mold or mildew from the moisture that remains after rains. The only way to get rid of the smell is to kill the mold or mildew and the only way to do that is with Lysol or Pinesol applied every few days for at least a week or two. Lysol is easier because it comes in aerosol cans, you have to mix Pinesol in a bucket of water to apply it. No, Febreeze won't do it because it won't kill the mildew or mold.

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do i apply that to the outside or inside or both...?
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imo, i would stay away from lysol. i hate the smell and it is not a good thing to breathe in all of the time. if you do choose lysol, i would give it time to thoroughly air out before closing myself in with the fumes. i would go into a marine supply store and ask what they recommend. another option is to call or email bestop and see what they recommend. maybe geoff@bestop will chime in with a suggestion.
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If you don't use Lysol or Pinesol, you have to find a different disinfecting cleaner to kill the mold/mildew. Lysol has been the preferred way to take care of this problem for years and it's not like it is poisonous to use. I've used it and its smell, which I don't think is bad at all, plus it goes away fairly quickly. Heck people spray it in their houses & bathrooms all the time.

Just spray it on the surfaces that have been getting wet as that is where the mildew is growing. Again, you'll have to do this repeatedly every few days until it is finally killed off. It's not easy to kill off mold or mildew when it gets down into hard to access places.
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Ditto on needing to find some sort of mildew product that will kill the mold spores. Every surface that gets wet needs to be treated and yes, marine supply stores would be a good place to ask for a specific product for this.
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If you don't use Lysol or Pinesol, you have to find a different disinfecting cleaner to kill the mold/mildew. Lysol has been the preferred way to take care of this problem for years and it's not like it is poisonous to use. I've used it and its smell, which I don't think is bad at all, plus it goes away fairly quickly. Heck people spray it in their houses & bathrooms all the time.

Just spray it on the surfaces that have been getting wet as that is where the mildew is growing. Again, you'll have to do this repeatedly every few days until it is finally killed off. It's not easy to kill off mold or mildew when it gets down into hard to access places.
i am going to have to disagree with you on the not poisonous point. the warning label on the back specifically says "hazardous to humans and animals." if it is used it should be used in a large well ventilated area, unlike the cockpit of a closed wrangler. that is why i mentioned that it should be left to air out for a little while. it doesn't matter if you are using lysol, pinesol, or any other chemical, it should be left to air out before enclosing yourself inside the jeep.

i agree that the mold and mildew needs to be killed, if not it will grow back with in days (if not hours). i prefer to use a very diluted bleach/water solution when cleaning the inside my soft top. yes, i am aware that bleach can cause the top to deteriorate, as can any chemical, but i feel that it is the most effective way of completely killing the mildew and cleaning the soft top. i clean it like this once or twice a year and have had this soft top for 5 years with no deterioration or ill effects on the fabric.
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I was also gonna throw out here using diluted bleach/water since its the simplest and cheapest solution and will kill it. Just need to make sure you don't put too much bleach into the water or you could bleach out the colors.

Usually on the back of the bleach bottle it will tell you the ratio of bleach to water to safely use for spraying on color safe surfaces. Test it on a small area first and wait an hour or more to make sure it doesn't harm it.

But there are other safer non bleaching marine chemicals that you can use but they aren't cheap.
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thanks guys for the replies, ill let you know how it goes.
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Old 08-26-2010, 11:23 PM   #11
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best way it to put your jeep in an giant vacuum tube, cut off the o2, kill the midlew .
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I agree with Jerry, Lysol will kill the mold and is easy and spray on. I would personally give a real good spray at night when you are done driving. Close it up tight and let it sit over night. Done this plenty of times and have never been poisoned or died yet

Another thing is to remove the carpets and scrub them down with simple green and hose the heck out of them with a garden hose till the water runs clear. Let them hang and dry for a day in the sun. I do this a few times a year on my Jeep, works well.
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Lysol,..................Then drop the top if it smells too bad
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Old 10-20-2013, 05:57 PM   #14
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Should i apply the lysol on the wet interior of my jeep or should i wait for the interior to dry?
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I'd start spraying now, that will help keep the mildew spores from growing as quickly. It will take several applications to kill off any mold that is present. Make sure to leave the windows open & park in the sun as much as possible.
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It is part of having a Jeep! Get some Febreeze and you will be set
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Febreeze only reduces existing odors, it doesn't actually kill the mildew that will contiue producing the mildew odor like Lysol or Pinesol will. To stop the odor, you have to kill the mold & mildew which requires a disinfectant (mold & mildew killer) like Lysol or Pinesol.
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I used Tilex, Mold and Mildew Remover. It kills 99.9% of mold and mildew. The underside of my white top was speckled all over with mold and mildew. It looked horrible. I guess I never really noticed it until it got really bad. I wiped the Tilex over it, and it all died and the underside was white again. Most of the mold just fell off unto my rag, and I rinsed it off, and continued removing the mold. Not, much muscle strength was neccessary. It just wiped off. It hasn't come back. I don't like bleach, because it smells so bad, and the mold just seems to come right back.

I would suggest that you drain the water and fill it with something like Tilex, let it sit overnight and drain it again.

I actually spray my home with Lysol anytime I start to get a cold. Because, it kills the cold virus. Since I started doing that I never get a cold anymore. I would be more concerned with smelling bleach, than I would be smelling Lysol. If Lysol was a cancer causing substance, it would be outlawed. Only respirator sensitive people should be so concerned with Lysol. Lysol is no different than any other air deodorizer. In fact, Lysol is one of the best ones. Lysol kills the things that can harm us, unlike air deodorizers, which we also smell, and only masks the smell.

Heck, I would be more concerned with smog, which contains Carbon Monoxide, and other serious harmful substances, than I would Lysol. If the air we breathed contained only Lysol, I think we would all live longer and breathe much better.

And, if the air contained Lysol, no one would ever catch a cold, because the common cold is an airborne virus.
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+1 to Lysol bombing the interior.

Living in South Florida we get TONS of rain! Mold, mildew and pollen constantly collect in our jeeps down here.
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Pinesol mixed in a spray bottle works well for the top and carpets. Also a lot of the musty smell can come from wet carpets under the floor mats....if they are bad, just cut the carpet out that is hidden directly under the floor mats.

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