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Old 07-11-2012, 01:47 AM   #1
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no top in the rain

So it rained hard last night and I left my top off by accident...now my jeep has that musty smell, and its supposed to rain for the next week...and suggestions on how to keep it from getting that permanant musty mildew smell?

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Old 07-11-2012, 06:55 AM   #2
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I don't have any advice, just empathy. Mine got caught in the huge storms we had in Virginia, but I was fortunate enough to take advantage of every sunny day we had. After about four days of no lid, it's fine. I hope someone has a good answer for you.

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Old 07-11-2012, 07:43 AM   #3
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Take the carpet out and let it dry.
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Old 07-11-2012, 07:51 AM   #4
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Yup, take the carpet out and dry it.
If you can park it inside, do so and turn a fan on it.
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Old 07-11-2012, 08:16 AM   #5
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If you plan on keeping the carpet, wash it good with an aerosol carpet cleaner and keep it out for a few days to make sure it dries. Also make sure the floor is clean and dry before you re-install.
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A couple weeks ago we had hard rains for 5 days straight, and somehow my carpet got soaked too (I did find 2 missing floor plugs and replaced them) I pulled mine out, (with the intention of putting them back in after they dried out). But I decided that I like it better with them out. That wet carpet smell won't happen again and it's much easier to clean inside the jeep now.

I had one screw in the cup holder on the center console, the rest were just snapped in, and pulled right out.

I heard that you can lay a couple layers of dry newspaper on the wet carpet, and it absorbes the funky smell from the carpet without removing the carpet. I haven't tried it though.
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Old 07-12-2012, 02:49 AM   #7
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Ok well, I took it in today (about 36hrs after it got rained in) and got the carpets shampooed hoping that would help avoid mold/mildew from forming.

And I have been leaving the windows open as much as possible to allow it to air out and dry (afraid to take the door and top off due to the constant threat of the looming rains).

Also I have been fabreezing the hell out of it haha.
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Old 07-13-2012, 02:43 PM   #8
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Thank you everyone for the suggestions...I pulled the carpet out and y'all were right, it was still very wet underneath...and now my Jeep smells fine!
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Old 07-13-2012, 11:49 PM   #9
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Don't forget to throw the carpet away and bedline the tub.
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Old 07-14-2012, 09:23 AM   #10
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carpet is a no no in any jeep---my opinion--

i use to work in a service dept. at a jeep dealership and i could not count how many newer jeeps came in for leaks...i think the worst thing jeep has ever done is try and make a luxury ride out of a jeep and throw a 30 to 40 thousand dollar price on it..

sorry did,nt meen to ramble...
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Old 07-15-2012, 04:06 AM   #11
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Well, I would love to throw out the carpet and get a rhyno-liner for the whole thing...but $ is an issue
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Old 07-15-2012, 01:27 PM   #12
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I didn't throw out my carpet, not with the water on the floor or the time it had dead-meat juice saturating it (don't ask, I have no idea, and no one else seems to know). I cut it out, shampooed it with laundry detergent and Oxy Clean, rinsed it really well and hung it out in the sun to dry for two days. Scrubbed the floor with Comet. Put it back in. No smell at all!

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