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Old 09-19-1999, 01:01 AM
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Was wondering if anyone has any tips on cleaning MB carpets. The ones in that 420 that I bought and am doing the chain on are pretty dirty and in need of clean up. Also, the PO had some air freshener in there and it seems to have left a slight scent in there. Was considering doing the Leatherique thing (I have plenty) but don't have two days to mess with it. Maybe I'll just wait until next summer to do it as the car won't be going until then. Although, I am worried that the longer I wait, the harder it will be to get the scent out of there. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 09-19-1999, 02:45 AM
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I would at least vacuum all the carpet areas thoroughly, and pull the ones under the footwells that snap out. That will open up the carpet fibers a bit and let the smell begin to dissipate on its own.

If they were still really bad after vacuuming, I'd be tempted to use a household carpet shampooer on the removable mats, letting them dry thoroughly (you do have til next summer ). Not sure about the rest of the carpet in the car ... to get rid of the smell, you could try spraying that Febreeze stuff (it's in the detergent aisle in our grocery stores), and maybe vacuum up the excess.

Febreeze has its own faint smell, though. I sprayed some on the wife's Subaru's carpet because the P.O. used hanging air fresheners also. It helped (and we didn't vacuum it again until much later). I wouldn't overdo it, because you don't want to saturate anything down to bare metal. I'd have the same reservations about a home carpet shampoo sprayed on the non-removable areas of the carpeting. Pulling up the 10 year old wall to wall carpeting in my house that had been shampooed perhaps twice revealed that the stuff had indeed penetrated the carpet, and padding. Better to do it twice lightly with ample drying time than once heavily.

Anyone have any ideas about steam cleaning them? Or is there a superior method, using dry cleaning type solvents? Luckily, my carpets are in excellent shape, with just few stains.

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Old 09-19-1999, 05:38 AM
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First step is to vacuum up whatever you can. You can then attack cleaning them. For spot cleaning/stains there is a product called "Tech". Check the Shop Forum archives (search function) for further info there. I have heard that steam cleaning works well but can't tell you from firsthand. When smell-busting you may also be well served to clean the headliner and all other surfaces. They can hold a great deal of stench. If you combine all the above tactics you should be well on the way to a cleaner and better smelling interior.

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Old 09-19-1999, 01:01 PM
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Here's what I usually do when I buy a used car.

1) Take the car to a full service professional car wash and pay them $40 or so to thoroughly steam clean the carpet. (Without the proper equipment it's tough to do a good job at home)

2) Spot clean with Tech in places where the steam cleaning wasn't perfect.

3) Buy a new carpet mat set (~$100) We have these in PartsShop.

4) Buy 2 cans of Scotchgard. (~$10) There is a special version of Scotchgard for automotive use. The only real benefit over normal Scotchgard is that it doesn't smell as bad and the smell disappears faster. First make sure the carpet is perfectly dry from the steam cleaning. Next, you want to thoroughly coat (until wet) the carpet and mat set with Scotchgard. Use a small brush to make sure the Scotchgard gets well into the knap of the carpet. Leave the windows open for a day if possible and leave the mats outside the car.

Now your carpet will look and smell like new and require little more than vacuuming to maintain. One of the first things I did after buying my new E430 was to coat all of the carpet and cloth in the interior and trunk with Scotchgard.

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Old 09-19-1999, 04:24 PM
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Gentlemen,

Wanted to thank you all for the replies. I will begin to tackle the interior as soon as I have some free time. I did the interior of one of the 6.9s with Leatherique and was quite impressed, but I'll hold off with that until next summer. But I'll go get some Scotch Guard and some Febreeze and we'll see how it goes. Boy I hate those air fresheners!

At least they didn't smoke

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'77 450SL
'79 6.9
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