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Old 03-02-2013, 05:50 PM   #1
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Cleaning auto carpet

I'm pulling the carpet out of my land cruiser and am wanting to give it a good cleaning while its out. What do y'all like? Tricks or tips? Its got some decent stains in it but they were there when i got it. No idea what they are.

My plan of attack is to take it to a car wash and give it a good spray down. Not sure what to try and do with the stains though.


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Old 03-02-2013, 07:34 PM   #2
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I'm pulling the carpet out of my land cruiser and am wanting to give it a good cleaning while its out. What do y'all like? Tricks or tips? Its got some decent stains in it but they were there when i got it. No idea what they are.

My plan of attack is to take it to a car wash and give it a good spray down. Not sure what to try and do with the stains though.


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i had great results with automotive carpet cleaner. i sprayed it on and scrubbed with a brush and wiped clean with a dry towel. maybe spray the carpet cleaner then pressure wash it after a few minutes after it soaked in a bit.
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:43 PM   #3
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carpet cleaning

I had great success cleaning the entire set of oem carpets from a suburban that was used at a GM foundry . After removal I wet it down, then scrubbed with brush and really strong hot water TIDE mix, then pressure washed, repeat if necessary. This removed ALL staining and dirt, carpet fibers were lifted and plush after drying, I did the same with the fabric seat covers, same result. Hell of a lot of work, but the arm rests on this truck were actually shinny black when I started. Dave
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Old 03-03-2013, 05:56 AM   #4
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^ +1 on automotive carpet cleaner
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Old 03-03-2013, 07:20 AM   #5
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Don't know what GM uses nowadays for carpet material but the grey ones I have sure resisted all attempts at cleaning them coffee stains. I even took the runners to work where I have all the cleaners at my disposal and still no go.Tide....Stain Away....industrial carpet cleaners tried them all.

Old GM/Ford/Chrysler carpets from the 60's-70's were so easy, just remove from the car and spray with engine degreaser then powerwash. If degraded/bleached from UVs, salt or such, take upstairs to the bodyshop and using the GM dye make them look like new.
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Old 03-03-2013, 08:07 AM   #6
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I use spray nine and firm bristled brush......
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Old 03-03-2013, 08:01 PM   #7
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I've used Simoniz Tuff Stuff foam cleaner and have always had very good results. Spray it on, scrub with a stiff bristle brush, and blot with a clean, damp cloth and the dirt and stains come out. I first used it on a bright blue (yuck!) Corvette interior that had probably never been cleaned, and people who saw the condition of the carpet before thought that I'd replaced the carpet rather than just cleaned it. And it's cheap - a big can for like $3.50 at Dollar General, Wally World or just about anybody's auto department). You can't go wrong with it.



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Old 03-03-2013, 08:05 PM   #8
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I've used Simoniz Tuff Stuff foam cleaner and have always had very good results. Spray it on, scrub with a stiff bristle brush, and blot with a clean, damp cloth and the dirt and stains come out. I first used it on a bright blue (yuck!) Corvette interior that had probably never been cleaned, and people who saw the condition of the carpet before thought that I'd replaced the carpet rather than just cleaned it. And it's cheap - a big can for like $3.50 at Dollar General, Wally World or just about anybody's auto department). You can't go wrong with it.



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thats the stuff i was trying to remember i used. great stuff!
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:10 AM   #9
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Resolve carpet cleaner works great in the house. Tried the truck too and it's good stuff. Lots of varieties to choose from.
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:05 PM   #10
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I have a neighbor with a carpet cleaning business.
I talked to him about cleaning auto carpeting, he does it all the time.
He has smaller nozzles for the hard to get at areas.
All I did was pull out the seats and it was like showroom condition when done.
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Old 08-15-2013, 04:50 PM   #11
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Use brake fluid cleaner.

I learned this trick from an old tech when I worked at Toyota... I was preparing customers vehicles and the brand new deliveries, and sometimes, the techs will sit in cars with greasy pants. That's how we removed the stains from the seats of the carpets...

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Old 08-18-2013, 03:43 PM   #12
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Scrubbing Bubbles bathroom cleaner from the Dollar Store.
Wipe down with a wet rag afterwards. Always worked for me and cheap.
Try in an area that doesn't show first of it worries you.
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Old 08-18-2013, 03:51 PM   #13
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I'm pulling the carpet out of my land cruiser and am wanting to give it a good cleaning while its out. What do y'all like? Tricks or tips? Its got some decent stains in it but they were there when i got it. No idea what they are.

My plan of attack is to take it to a car wash and give it a good spray down. Not sure what to try and do with the stains though.


Gracias!
I pulled the carpet out of my '90 SR5 truck, tossed it into the 'big' machine at the laundromat (pretreated with citrus degreaser) and added a heaping helping of Tide, set washer on heavy duty cycle. Worked slick! Took ~ 3 days for the carpet to dry though (hung it on my balcony). Got lots of nasty looks from the old biddys too.
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Old 08-18-2013, 03:56 PM   #14
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Scrubbing Bubbles bathroom cleaner from the Dollar Store.
Wipe down with a wet rag afterwards. Always worked for me and cheap.
Try in an area that doesn't show first of it worries you.
I've used this with good results. My brother-in-law used to be a detailer , I learned of it from him.
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:06 AM   #15
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Folex brand carpet cleaner pulled some pomegranate juice stains out of the carpet in my truck. I've been using the stuff for years and it's only let me down one time. It wouldn't pull up a stain caused b orange crystal lite drink, I stopped drinking the stuff after that.
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