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Old 05-29-2005, 07:12 PM
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Lesson learned today...

Just to make sure nobody else does the same thing as me today...

My 124 flootmats were filthy so I went ape with the Shout carpet cleaner and then took them to the car wash to use the high pressure water on them.

I got them home, then put them on the deck in the sun to dry out. Well the wind kept blowing them off, so I thought I'd put them in the clothes dryer for a while.

Uhm... don't do this. It tends to break down the black material on the underside and make one hell of a mess. Luckily I checked them before the cycle was up. I had to take the shop vac and suck out the dryer from all the black particles everywhere. What a mess.
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Old 05-30-2005, 03:04 PM
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I had a friend do this to his mats also...I hope yours turned out better than his. To clean the mats in my 300E, first I vacuum/shake them off, then use a small hand held steam cleaner to get any stains out, lastly I go over one more time with a standard vacuum. Kind of a lengthy process, but they look great afterwards.
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Old 05-30-2005, 06:06 PM
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yea, never put then im the dryer...i want to get an extractor but they are expensive.
Car which i own - 1987 Mercedes Benz 300e shown here
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Old 06-25-2005, 05:21 PM
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What I have found to work great for cleaning carpeted floor mats, and sutomotive carpet for that matter, is one of those steamers available for $60 or so, then using a high powered wet and dry shop vac to suck out the moisture. After that, the mats will dry sitting around the house for a couple of hours, and the carpeting in the car will dry ovrnight in the garage.

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