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Would it hurt to give the carpet a good soaking?

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I'm detailing the interior, and the carpet has never had a good cleaning.

I would like to clean the carpet with a lot of water, as in soaking it real good repeatedly with the garden hose.

I would remove the water with my wet/dry vac, and then direct a dehumidifier into the interior for a couple days for a good drying out.

I've done this on some GMs without any apparent ill effects.

Are there any electronics under the carpet that could be damaged?

Is there anything else that could be harmed?
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The carpet itself has a rubber membrane, but its possible to get water through the holes in it, especially around the center console.

When I got my "new" carpet, I cleaned it out of the vehicle with a pressure washer, a carpet cleaner, and my shop vac.



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The carpet itself has a rubber membrane, but its possible to get water through the holes in it, especially around the center console.

When I got my "new" carpet, I cleaned it out of the vehicle with a pressure washer, a carpet cleaner, and my shop vac.
Looks like it cleaned up pretty nice. And it looks like a pretty big job to remove it. Do you remember anything about what was under it?
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I believe the only place under the floor carpet that there are electrical connectors is under the driver's seat - one or more depending on options. If you have heated seats, the module for that is also under the driver's seat.

Intrepidation mentioned using a shop vac to help dry the carpet if you remove it to wash it, but it will also help dry things out if you wash it in place. Suck water from where it pools at the low spots. Let it accumulate to the low spots for a few hours again, and repeat. It won't completely dry it, but will speed things up a good bit. Helps too to lift the carpet up in places and put something between the carpet and the floor so air can by drying it from more surface area. Put a few layers of paper or cloth towels between carpet and floor where you can reach, and replace every few hours. Put an a.c. fan or two in the car to move air around.


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It's really not a big ordeal to remove the carpet completely and do the cleaning outside the car. Pull the Front/Rear seats. The center console/trim and the outside trim pieces. We're not talking about a lot of hardware to remove. Front seats are 4 bolts each. Rear upper seat back is two nuts. Center console is a few screws. The rest of the trim is snap in/out.

Rather than having "Stinky" carpet trying this inside the car...just pull it out. It's what I'd do.
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I agree, pulling the carpet out isn't too bad and its much easier to clean that way.
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If the carpet is watertight except for the holes, as Intrepidation states, I guess it could be a problem to get rid of any water that gets under it.

It's not too awful filthy as it is. I'll think about removing it for a cleaning this Spring.

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Or go to hardware store and rent a Rug Doctor and get the upholstery attachment.
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