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Any chance of saving carpet?

Post by crimsonv70 » Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:49 pm

Hi everyone,
My 2004 V70 flooded real bad a couple months ago, thanks to the infamous passenger footwell leak problem. The entire interior carpet was SOAKED since the car sat outside during a thunderstorm for 2 weeks.

The carpet and foam was completely aired out and dryed but it smells reeeeally musty. I just took a whiff of it and immediately began coughing and feeling like I had 2x packs of smokes.

This might be a dumb Q, but is there any way to save it..? Washing machine with mold killer detergent? Or something else? I cant find a good source in USA for replacement carpet. The closest non stock ones I find want $300++ for a carpet set. :''''(

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Re: Any chance of saving carpet?

Post by MoVolvos » Sun Aug 11, 2019 5:30 pm

Sodium Hypochlorite aka Bleach. Regardless it's pool stuff (10%), roof algae/mold remover Sodium Hypochlorite is the main ingredient (6% Clorox).

1) Use warm water and bleach mixed well before soaking - check label for dilution ratio and colorfastness
2) Be sure to squeeze the material from time to time circulate the water
3) Circulate / Rinse with clean water a couple time to remove the bleach water and on the second to final rinse add OxiClean Odor Blasters Odor & Stain Remover Laundry Booster and soak.
4) Rinse again and hang dry preferably in the sun

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Pool Essentials 1-Gallon Liquid Pool Chlorine (10%) - Cheap Bleach vs (6%) in Clorox
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Re: Any chance of saving carpet?

Post by SuperHerman » Sun Aug 11, 2019 6:08 pm

Basically as MoVolvos says. It is a matter of two things - eliminating the mold and bacteria and rinsing it clean.

Pay special attention to the foam - give it a good soaking and squeeze it very well when done. Then let the sun do the rest of the work.

Also spray the same formula to the car floors and dry up.

I have had this problem with my BMW - removed it from the car - sprayed it with cleaner - scrubbed the carpet - squished and soaked the foam and power washed the carpet. Then I squished and dried the best I could and left it in the sun for 5 days. Looks better than when I bought the car used and not a hint of smell two years going.

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Re: Any chance of saving carpet?

Post by - Pete - » Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:56 pm

These guys nailed it.

Recently, I had the same thing happen, but on the drivers side. Turned out to be the flexible, black rubber "J" drain for the AC had come undone (no zip tie/remnants evident anywhere!).

Bet I squeezed 3-4 gallons of water out of the drivers side carpet/foam.

Edit: I distinctly remember asking my wife why the car smelled like diapers after she had driven it. Made a lot more sense later on.

I did all the stuff the other guys said, wrung it out, washed it for probably an hour in our 1945 Speed Queen wringer washer, wrung it out several times & let it bake in the sun for about 2 days.

Hopefully I'm as lucky as SuperHerman 2 years from now. Like he said, the foam is where you need to concentrate your energy.

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