Cleaning auto carpet

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  1. TEXASYETI

    TEXASYETI Call me "thread killer!"

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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!
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  2. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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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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  3. Shepfly

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    :clapI 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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  4. ghostrider.y2k

    ghostrider.y2k ride enything but HD

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    ^ +1 on automotive carpet cleaner
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  5. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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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.:cry

    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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  6. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    I use spray nine and firm bristled brush......
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  7. HapHazard

    HapHazard Waiting for Gudenov

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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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  8. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    thats the stuff i was trying to remember i used. great stuff!
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  9. D.T.

    D.T. Difficult but useful

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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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  10. Dangeross

    Dangeross Space cowboy!

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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. :clap
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  11. outbacktaz

    outbacktaz outbacktaz

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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...

    Good luck!!
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  12. muddywater

    muddywater Been here awhile

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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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  13. theraymondguy

    theraymondguy Been here awhile

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    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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  14. joexr

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    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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  15. redprimo

    redprimo Been here awhile

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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, :evilI stopped drinking the stuff after that.
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  16. Switchblade315

    Switchblade315 Long timer

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    i use some of the Turtle Wax brand carpit clean the other day to lift out some old Coke and coffee stains from my lovely daugther and wife driving my truck over the last few years. the coffee stains where years old. I lifted 98% of the stains on the first scrub. i was surprised. it's been a month and they have yet to come back.
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  17. Wlfman

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    Simple Green a scrub brush and then a pressure washer. Worked great on the carpets in my 97 Silverado.
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  18. Jerseystrom

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    Little green clean machine by Bissell. Great for automotive and home. Fill with hot water and a cleaner of your choice. One side of the hose is a scrub brush, the other is a vacumn. I've had good results with this machine home and auto.
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  19. yokesman

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    the blue can cleaner with the funny top at walmart,cleans tar etc.about $5
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    Found at most Hispanic stores for a few bucks. We call it magic soap.
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