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Old 10-05-2005, 10:15 AM   #1
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Default What do you all use to clean your carpets?

Avoided a crazy A$$ driver today who ran me off the road in my Subie ... unfortunately I dumped my coffee on driver's side carpet. (I had to do some SeRiOUs maneuvers to keep from hitting her )

Any recommendations on cleaning it out? Can I steam clean it? Or is there some chemical type spray that will help clean it without fading out the color?


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Old 10-05-2005, 11:04 AM   #2
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I use Blue Coral Upolstry cleaner.... good stuff!!
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Old 10-05-2005, 11:07 AM   #3
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you should probably take it to a detailer and have it cleaned, the coffee im sure soaked through just the top layer of the carpet and cleaning it with over the counter type cleaner will only get the surface of the carpet clean... its stil lgonna be soaked into the under layers though...
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Old 10-05-2005, 12:23 PM   #4
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it will be worse if you had your coffee sweet too.

I did the same and used a wet vac. It worked well.
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Old 10-06-2005, 09:13 AM   #5
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you should probably take it to a detailer and have it cleaned, the coffee im sure soaked through just the top layer of the carpet and cleaning it with over the counter type cleaner will only get the surface of the carpet clean... its stil lgonna be soaked into the under layers though...

I took your advice and had a detailer shampoo, clean the carpets. 30 bucks and all he really did was spray alot of orange scented cleaner on the carpets and vacuumed it up.
For 30 bucks, I would have though a detail shop would have actually cleaned the carpets, not cover up the smell with citrus.
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Old 10-06-2005, 09:19 AM   #6
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I took your advice and had a detailer shampoo, clean the carpets. 30 bucks and all he really did was spray alot of orange scented cleaner on the carpets and vacuumed it up.
For 30 bucks, I would have though a detail shop would have actually cleaned the carpets, not cover up the smell with citrus.
You win some you lose some, I would have called around and ask if they use a hot water extracter aka steam cleaner and use that guy.

Although it is possible to do close to just as good of a job with a shopvac and a few other tools.
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Old 10-06-2005, 09:22 AM   #7
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shop vac + tuff stuff and a soft scrub brush.

works well.

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Old 10-06-2005, 09:32 AM   #8
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shop vac + tuff stuff and a soft scrub brush.

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I wanna add, get a bucket of warm to hot water and use that on the area after you spray the stuff then scrub it, just take little "handfulls" of the hot water over the area then vacuum it out. Itll get the deep stuff out.
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Old 10-06-2005, 09:39 AM   #9
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the coffee is a bitch to get out at times. I once had to do some emergency braking, and my coke went all over my dash. I got it all cleaned except one thing that I cant figure how to take apart, and that is my defroster button. On hot days or when my dash light is on to heat the button up, it is very mushy because the coke is gooey. On cold days or when the coke can harden it is very hard to push and it usually get stuck in for a while until it gets gooey again.
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Old 10-06-2005, 11:09 AM   #10
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I'd recommend a half & half mixture of Oxy clean & warm water. Spray the area with this mixture, let soak, sray again and agitate with brush and wet vac up.
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Old 06-01-2006, 11:55 PM   #11
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Believe it or not, but the pressure washers at the ghetto washes for $0.75 work great. Select the soap option if you have a stain, and then turn it to the rinse option and you should be good as new.
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Old 06-02-2006, 12:16 AM   #12
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Default Bissell Little Green Portable Deep Cleaner

Being a pet owner has its advantages. I picked up one of these a few years back and it was the best purchase ever. Built in heater, powered cleaning head, picks up everything. It even works well on the wrx fishnet seats. If you check online you can find them for about $75. This thing is in the same catagory as the Porter Cable buffer. Get one and you will never buy another can of spray cleaner.

Bissell Little Green Portable Deep Cleaner
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Old 06-02-2006, 12:21 PM   #13
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Oxi Clean mixed with water. Scrub a bit and power wash the carpet then use a wet vac and it should come out.
I detail semi professionally and I live by oxi clean and a shopvac for KID cars. Sure I can use my steam vac but I can do 2 steps instead of 3 with a shop vac. make a 5 gallon bucket of oxi clean about 2 - 3 scoops. Then get a scrub brush and proceed to douse particularly bad areas with the solution then scrub and scrub. Then shop vac out the carpet and both the milk stain and the ground in Cheerios come out.
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Old 06-02-2006, 01:09 PM   #14
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I use Blue Coral Upolstry cleaner.... good stuff!!
+1 smells good too, however my car is 3m scotch gaurded from the factory =/
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