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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-22-2008, 11:40 PM Thread Starter
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How to make my car not stink come spring...

Hey Guys. This is the first winter I've had my car, and it took me a little while to get some winter car mats. The driver side carpet is soaking wet!

I know, I'm stupid

I bought mats tonight, and took an old towel and soaked up as much water as possible. Any further ideas?
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I know what you mean. Usually, the car just smells a little musty for a week until it all evaporates. It was never anything serious. One thing you could do is to take the mats to the quarter carwash and spray them out in Spring. But again, it was never that bad. You have to remember, people have dealt with this problem since cars could stay running for over a year.
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Go to the coin op car wash in your area and use the wet/dry vac to suck up all the water.
i used the bubble brush and the wet/dry vac to clean my carpets on some of my other cars before i got a carpet shampooer.
it works great believe it or not all you do is turn on the bubble brush just long enough to get it soapy then turn it off scrub one area at a time re soaping the brush in each area when all the carpet is done vacuum it dry it sounds crazy but it works
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Might also want to buy a small chemical dehumidifier and put it behind one of your seats, It will help draw the moisture out of the air.
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I'm crazy I know, but have you tried the SHAMWOW what they shoe on the TV? I have seen it tested and it does work at getting water, ect. out of the carpet.

I personally do not have one, but like I said, on the news channel I watch, they have a segmet every thursday they show weather a products fails or passes what they claim the product would do, and the SHAMWOW did pass with flying colors.
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I'm crazy I know, but have you tried the SHAMWOW what they shoe on the TV? I have seen it tested and it does work at getting water, ect. out of the carpet.

I personally do not have one, but like I said, on the news channel I watch, they have a segmet every thursday they show weather a products fails or passes what they claim the product would do, and the SHAMWOW did pass with flying colors.
yeah, but don'tcha just want to punch that guy in the face?
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also once everything dries out in the spring sprinkle some carpet freshener with baking soda in it on the carpet , let it sit for about 5 minutes and than vacuum it up. this absorbs the odors and leaves my car smelling fresh
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yeah, but don'tcha just want to punch that guy in the face?
LOL, so true

One thing I use is that "New Car" air freshener spray. It works really good and for a long time. I use it to get rid of the cig smell. Just spray is on the carpet and seats if you have cloth seats.
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yeah, but don'tcha just want to punch that guy in the face?
Oh man...I thought I was the only one!!

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also once everything dries out in the spring sprinkle some carpet freshener with baking soda in it on the carpet , let it sit for about 5 minutes and than vacuum it up. this absorbs the odors and leaves my car smelling fresh
good idea, my drive side carpet is wet from who knows what and it starting to smell musty
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I used winter mats all winter. Yesterday I took them out and vacuumed/scrubbed my carpet and put the summer mats back in. Then it rained today.
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yeah, but don'tcha just want to punch that guy in the face?
too funny.

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more to the point, I have an "industrial strength" odor remover that my neighbour uses. He is a vetrenarian and this is the stuff he uses to get all the dog and cat smells out of his office. I figure if it's that strong, I'll use just a touch to get my carpets to smell a little nicer.

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In the spring i take all the mats to the car wash and hit them with the powerwasher. If there are real tough spots i'll pre-treat them with a carpet cleaner. Pulls up the stains and makes them smell nice. Make sure to let them dry really well before putting them back in.
We have those catch-all mats in my wife's Jeep...LOVE those things!
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Life in Ontario sure does make having a dry carpet during the winter months a challenge.

I use winter floor mats, try to use floor heat as often as possible and keep a wet filter in my shop vac and use it often. Not to actually "clean" the carpet in the middle of winter but whip it out once in a while to soak up some water.
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