Water! Water!

Submitted: Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 22:15
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I can't be the only person this has happened to! About a month ago a water jerry leaked onto the Patrol's carpet. Not much - maybe 2 litres - before I realized. A couple of days later the classic "wet carpet" smell arrived despite the fact that I had aired the wagon after the spill. I have made sure that the carpet is dry and still, after all this time, the wagon smells quite damp and musty. Any suggestions from you helpful folks?
Thanks,
Stano.
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Reply By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 22:21

Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 22:21
Although the top of the carpet seems dry, it is almost certainly still wet underneath. Only sure way is to remove the carpet entirely and dry it (and the floor underneath) properly. If it is real difficult to get out, you may be able to lift it and get something under it to let air between the carpet and the floor under. Without getting the carpet out it will take a few days (at least) to dry fully, even with air circulation underneath.
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Follow Up By: stano - Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 22:27

Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 22:27
Thanks, Norm. The trouble is that all this happened a month ago and there is no way, I reckon, that anything could still be damp the wagon with the weeks of low humidity/high temps. we have had in northern Victoria since the spill. The carpet doesn't look that easy to get out.
Stano.
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Reply By: 1812 - Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 22:36

Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 22:36
G'day Stano,

If the carpet IS dry properly and there is still an odour in your car [This works for the home or other confined space] Go to your local chemist and ask for a product called Nil-odour it comes in a small green bottle and only costs a few dollars.

Just put one or two drops on the carpet and it nutralise the smell.

Don't think if one or two works more will work better it is strong stuff

Good luck Ssott
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Follow Up By: Joe King - Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 08:07

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 08:07
I can second this stuff, I'd try 1 drop first, its pretty powerful....
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 22:41

Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 22:41
maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate take your socks OUT of the back of the Patrol and then see how it smells.

on a lighter note I had a fishy smell in a Magna that took MONTHS to get out, I tried every nilodour stuff known to man and in the end had to wait
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Follow Up By: Member - Royce- Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 23:58

Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 23:58
Problem solved. Leave some dead fish in the truck for a while. No more wet carpet smell!
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Follow Up By: Laura B - Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 13:45

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 13:45
plus the smell of the sox with the fish will complement the wet carpet smell!!

a new version of the smelly Christmas trees!!

Laura B

ps......cannt help sorry!! I would put a few drops (maybe half a bottle!) of Vanilla essence onto the carpet and get a nail brush and scrub the tripe out of it!!

Good Luck!
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 18:00

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 18:00
oh my, don't tell me he spilt tripe on the carpet too, oh my oh my what a problem hehehehe
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Reply By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 08:53

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 08:53
Thats why I prefer rubber mats instead of carpet. So hard to buy a car these days with rubber mats instead of carpet. And the wreckers give you funny look when you ask forthe rubber mats out of a base model.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bware (Tweed Valley) - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 12:45

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 12:45
Yep, that's why we went the base model L/C, just wipe with a wet cloth. Once spilt a huge bowl of macaroni cheese in the back of our old charade and we never got rid of the smell. On a hot day the car smelt like vomit!
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Reply By: David from Engine Saver Low Water Alarms - Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 09:47

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 09:47
Hi Stano.

Go to the local supermarket and get a tub of borax powder.
Sprinkle some on the smelly part of the carpet and vacuum off after a couple of days. It is a natural deodoriser.
The rest of it you can use for sweetening up everyones joggers!
It can also be used for cleaning driveways and as a fabric softner.

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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 10:59

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 10:59
There is probably an underfelt as well as the carpet and that is maybe still wet.

Apart from helping the evaporation with a heat source (an infrared lamp works well) of some sort, only time and a bit of air freshener will help.
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Reply By: Utemad - Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 15:47

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 15:47
Regardless of how dry you think it is I would be lifting the carpet up to check. Otherwise in a few years you may be repairing a big rust hole.
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Reply By: Member - Crazy Dog (QLD) - Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 18:22

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 18:22
Use indoor outdoor carpet - works well - no smell even when wet....
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Reply By: Member - Pud & Barb R (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 18:24

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2006 at 18:24
Another smelly product you can try is febreze, I have found this to be great on tough odours. Available from supermarkets.
Barb
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Reply By: stano - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 12:22

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 12:22
Thanks everyone for all your suggestions. I am giving Nil Odour a go!
Cheers,
Stano.
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