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Old 03-14-2015, 10:01 AM
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Wet carpet moldy smell!!!! Options????

Hey all,
Spring is ALMOST here......getting ready for a great summer!

I am sure this is posted some where so Ill keep this brief and hope for the best.
All Wranglers leak sometimes........
That having been said, I have a wet carpet/ moldy smell situation. When the weather is finally clear I plan on removing the carpets and cleaning them (de-mildewing). I am need of the following advice:

Best products for cleaning and de-molding the carpet should I decide to keep them in???

I may also consider having the tub itself sprayed with a sound proofing/weather insulating "liner" type material, and avoid putting the carpet back in all together.

ANY and ALL comments and advice are welcome and yes, I am working on finding out where any leaks may be.
Thanks in advance,
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Old 03-14-2015, 10:19 AM   #2
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Here's my opinion. Any carpet cleaner should work, once cleaned and really dry. I'd store it. Nothing promotes rust like wet carpet. With bedliner on the inside you'll never have a musty smell again and everything dries out faster. Also if you ever sell your jeep the carpet will look a lot newer if it's taken out and stored. That's my opinion.

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Old 03-14-2015, 12:03 PM   #3
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take it all out get a good carpet clean I used a carpet shampoo machine (of course wife wasn't happy about it) But worked great let it sit out side in the sun for 2 days while I used duracoat to water proof my tub. search the site a lot of people do this with jeep.
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How is Duracoat as a sound baffler....insulator ?
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Close to none but as far as water protection and a unexpected rain shower when the top is not up works great. Very strong if done right it is close to line-X.
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I pulled the carpet out of my old TJ and used some bed liner coating from AutoZone. It looked great and was easy to clean. Remove the drain plugs and take a water hose to it. Bad part of it was the black coating was like an oven on my feet. Especially in the summer with engine and transmission heat mixed with the sun.
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It's more for small issues like vomit but Bicarbonate (or Bicarb) Soda, the powder used for cooking works a treat... Fixes every kind of smell by bonding with the oxygen within bacteria and lifting the smell.

It could be called something different but it's what we use in Australia and but it at the supermarket where the flour is.

Be aware it can be quite messy and I only used this method after steam cleaning failed. The only other option would be to get your car Ozone Cleaned, where they pump ozone into your car which does the same thing with oxygen without the mess but is quite expensive.

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Spray some water on the problem area then pour the Bicarbonate Soda powder across it, used plenty. Push or brush the soda into the carpet and apply more. A layer of 1/5 inch is what I use. Leave the soda to sit for 1-2 days and vacuum thoroughly.. Redo if smell remains or Google using "vinegar to remove carpet smells" for another option.

I had a bad vomit smell in my rear passenger foot well and over this weekend lifted it using bicarb soda.
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I took out the carpet from my 2010, when I first purchased it 2 years ago. During the summer, I pull the drain plugs, given that I leave it open ALOT. Frankly, I really believe that if you own a Jeep, and use it the way it was designed, carpets are a waste of time.
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I took out the carpet from my 2010, when I first purchased it 2 years ago. During the summer, I pull the drain plugs, given that I leave it open ALOT. Frankly, I really believe that if you own a Jeep, and use it the way it was designed, carpets are a waste of time.

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Owenob's bicarb is Baking Soda- def good for odors. Sams club has it in 10 lb bags. Sounds like a good plan for smaller area treatment. I'd see mixing it with the steps below- gotta' get the crud out first. Or sprinkle it all around and suck it out a couple days later.

Because the carpet has so many creases and folds, I typically use the water hose, a little scrub brush, and a shop vac. I've done this both installed and out in the driveway. Use a little degreaser (diluted Purple Stuff) if you've got stains, then suck it out- rinse with water. Then hit it again with laundry detergent, suck that out- rinse with water. Leave it in the sun to dry or leave the doors open with a fan blowing on it. Order of ops kind of depends on the situation. In the car, suck everything out with the shopvac at each step. In the driveway, soak it down with the hose, vacuum as a final step to aid drying and get that ground in dirt/sand out.
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If you want the combination of sound deadener, insulation and waterproof-ability, the best solution is Bedrug Bedtred. No more carpet worries, but you get the benefit of floor insulation and sound deadening. Great product! (I have no affiliation with them)
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Take it out and clean with ammonia and let air dry. It always works for me. I also use it in the wash for the dog blanket and it gets rid of the dog musty smell.
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Thanks for all the ideas.
I should say that I believe that I will also have to clean the vents etc. as I think the smell is in those as well. I realize that as I remove the top and let the sun and air in, it will help dissipate the odor and mold spores.
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It's more for small issues like vomit but Bicarbonate (or Bicarb) Soda, the powder used for cooking works a treat... Fixes every kind of smell by bonding with the oxygen within bacteria and lifting the smell.

It could be called something different but it's what we use in Australia and but it at the supermarket where the flour is.

Be aware it can be quite messy and I only used this method after steam cleaning failed. The only other option would be to get your car Ozone Cleaned, where they pump ozone into your car which does the same thing with oxygen without the mess but is quite expensive.

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Spray some water on the problem area then pour the Bicarbonate Soda powder across it, used plenty. Push or brush the soda into the carpet and apply more. A layer of 1/5 inch is what I use. Leave the soda to sit for 1-2 days and vacuum thoroughly.. Redo if smell remains or Google using "vinegar to remove carpet smells" for another option.

I had a bad vomit smell in my rear passenger foot well and over this weekend lifted it using bicarb soda.
In the u.s. it is called baking soda. Sms it works wonders.
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I keep a can of this stuff handy for our vehicles. It's great for stains and smells. You can get it at most auto stores and I think Wally World sells it too.

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