View Full Version : Cleaning automotive Carpets

03-03-2013, 01:45 AM
Anyone got any tricks? I've been at it for weeks with a carpet cleaner and some spot treatment (the kind in a spray can with a scrubber) And it's simply not getting clean enough for me.

Anyone got some suggestions?

03-03-2013, 02:51 AM
Steam vac, medium brush and goo gone have worked well for me on tough spots.

03-03-2013, 05:07 AM
I use a legit carpet shampooer. (Eh eh eh, pooer) with a hand tool. Generally the rug doctors you can rent work well enough. Only thing with those is if you get the carpet around the spots clean, the spots still look like they're there.

03-03-2013, 06:49 AM
I just take them out and go to the car wash. A lot of work but they look great after i am done.

03-03-2013, 08:23 AM
Rizin has it. Ive done more carpet restorations than probably anyone here and the ONLY way to really do it right is to take them out of the car. A pressure washer like one at a car wash works really well and can save you some time and effort, but isnt totally neccessary. Its possible to do a good job with just a hose, a good scrub brush designed for floors, and a good cleaning solution.

If you have jute padding on the back I suggest removing it because it takes forever to dry once its soaked. Use plenty of water and just keep flushing it until the run off runs clear. I use a variety of cleaners but good old Dawn dish soap does a good job on most dirt/stains. Purple Power can be used for really greasy stains if need be.

After washing, just hang them from one end and let them drip dry. You can use a shop vac to take care of any leftover damp spots. Make sure they are completely dry on the backside before you re-install or that moisture will be trapped forever and mildew and/or cause corrosion.

Here are some examples using my method:









03-03-2013, 02:43 PM
I replace the padding with scrap sheets from a local carpet installer.

It's amazing what can be done with a little elbow grease and effort.

03-22-2013, 05:29 PM
I did my Cherokee's carpet last week with a Bissel portable steam cleaner. It's a little machine that does wonders.

But, taking the carpet out and pressure washing is still a valuable tool to restore carpet.

03-22-2013, 06:46 PM
I have a little bissel upholstry steam cleaner as well and while its useful for some spotting, minor staining and overall freshening up, the throughput is just not enough for any REAL cleanup of significant amounts of crud. If the clean up is isolated to a spot or two its useful though. In the end, for me, Im usually just not satisfied until I rip everything out and wash it.

03-25-2013, 07:06 PM
For mine I Pull the carpet out, bust out a stiff bristle brush and some degreaser and put in some serious elbow grease. Then rinse with hose and hang to dry.