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Old 07-01-2011, 09:44 AM   #1
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So I'm in Florida and the past month it has been ungodly hot and humid here..so I got used to leaving both front windows all the way down while it was in my driveway (very decent neighborhood no worries there). Then....finally all that heat started about a week of daily downpours. I'm sure you know where this is headed, middle of the day it goes from sunny to pouring in a matter of minutes and I thought nothing of it. It hit me a few hours later

The door cloth, seats, and I'm sure the carpets were all very damp to the touch when I closed it up. It continued to rain on and off for a few days so I had to leave it closed.. Now it finally got a little sunny so I opened it up...wow. It really, does not smell too dandy.

Anybody here have any suggestions for odor killers and if there's anything I can put into the seats and carpet to kill mold (I assume there's some, Florida's perfect for it) ? Car is opened up right now cause it's sunny...
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Old 07-01-2011, 10:01 AM   #2
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Dehumidifier will help pull the moisture out. Don't let it become this:

http://jalopnik.com/5790239/this-mol...e-water-damage

Guy that did the cleaning:

http://www.detailingbliss.com/forum/...estoration.htm
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Old 07-01-2011, 10:55 AM   #3
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Holy christ it won't get that bad lol.

thanks I'll look around for a mini dehumidifier
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Old 07-01-2011, 10:56 AM   #4
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This is a problem we have with our rafting vans every season. Every winter the mildew returns for us to clean. The weather in Oregon(valley of sickness and death) and the vans primary job(hauling wet people) make this a never ending battle.

Our solution has been wiping all surfaces with a MILD bleach and water solution(10:1,water to bleach). Scrubbing may be needed for more established mildew. Repeat as necessary for deeper stains in seat belts and such. Having good radiation from the sun is essential while letting dry.

Try Arm & Hammer baking soda refrigerator packs if you don't have a dehumidifier. Put one or two under the seats after cleaning and leave them for at least a month if not more.
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Old 07-01-2011, 01:09 PM   #5
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I will check out those baking soda packs, I'm a little worried to wipe down all my colored interior with any mixture of bleach though...Do you wipe the vinyl surfaces?

Just to add: There is no visible mildew or anything, just a stink because it was closed for a few days while damp. Should I take it to a car wash to be steamed?
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Old 07-02-2011, 06:47 PM   #6
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I will check out those baking soda packs, I'm a little worried to wipe down all my colored interior with any mixture of bleach though...Do you wipe the vinyl surfaces?

Just to add: There is no visible mildew or anything, just a stink because it was closed for a few days while damp. Should I take it to a car wash to be steamed?
Don't worry about the bleach. Use one half-cap full in 1 liter of water and it will do 0 damage to the color and kills most mildew. Been doing it to the vans for 10+ years on cloth, leather and vinyl. If your nervous about it, try your mixture on an area that cant be seen first. (FYI)The ratio above is almost a consumable solution for water purification.

Otherwise, try the soda packs. Give them 7-10 days. If those don't help, a steam clean at a detail shop should do the trick. But that can get expensive...
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