Smelly floormats - Honda Civic Forum

Detailing Look here for questions and answers on detailing and washing your car etc.

Smelly floormats

Old 04-06-2006
  #1  
DOHC i-VTEC TiMEX
Thread Starter
iTrader: (10)
 
aznboysrfr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: the OC
Age: 35
Posts: 7,273
Rep Power: 275
aznboysrfr has much to be proud ofaznboysrfr has much to be proud ofaznboysrfr has much to be proud ofaznboysrfr has much to be proud ofaznboysrfr has much to be proud ofaznboysrfr has much to be proud ofaznboysrfr has much to be proud ofaznboysrfr has much to be proud ofaznboysrfr has much to be proud ofaznboysrfr has much to be proud ofaznboysrfr has much to be proud of
Angry Smelly floormats

sup guys

I appear to have somewhat of an annoying problem on my hands. I have the oem floormats and they're fine ... however, whenever it rains, obviously there's gonna be water on them from my sandals... and whenever the water evaporates, my whole car smells like mildew. How do I alleviate this problem?? ... air fresheners don't seem to do much unless they're insanely strong and I don't want to get something like that either.

Any suggestions?
aznboysrfr is offline  
Old 04-06-2006
  #2  
Premium Member
Hey! Look At Me!! I'm a Supporting Member!!
iTrader: (95)
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: NV
Age: 38
Posts: 51,312
Rep Power: 725
gearbox has a reputation beyond reputegearbox has a reputation beyond reputegearbox has a reputation beyond reputegearbox has a reputation beyond reputegearbox has a reputation beyond reputegearbox has a reputation beyond reputegearbox has a reputation beyond reputegearbox has a reputation beyond reputegearbox has a reputation beyond reputegearbox has a reputation beyond reputegearbox has a reputation beyond repute
take em out and save weight. i just have a thin carpet on mine and it never smells. then if it gets dirty and torn, i'll just rip it out and put a new piece.
gearbox is offline  
Old 04-06-2006
  #3  
Registered!!
 
DDragon7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Ottawa
Posts: 2,556
Rep Power: 190
DDragon7 is a glorious beacon of lightDDragon7 is a glorious beacon of lightDDragon7 is a glorious beacon of lightDDragon7 is a glorious beacon of lightDDragon7 is a glorious beacon of light
Hmm, try taking them out and putting it in the sun for a couple of days.
DDragon7 is offline  
Old 04-06-2006
  #4  
Registered!!
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: BC, Canada
Age: 31
Posts: 34
Rep Power: 0
darkmoon87 is an unknown quantity at this point
Here's a suggestion from a guy who works at a carwash.

First of all, vacuum your mats. Then, if, by any chance, you have something like a pressure washer, you use that to clean your mats thoroughly.

If not, you would just have to use any kind of water hose that has reletively high pressure to get a similar result.

Then, let it dry in the sun, check if it still smells.

Most likely it won't smell anymore. Also, check if the smell is actually coming out from the mats or from any other thing in your car.

If mine doesn't work, then the best thing you could do is to just visit any hand car wash place nearby and ask them to clean your mats with their equipments.

The smell, according to what you have explained, seems to be a bacterial problem, because I've had a similar thing on one of a pair of my jeans back in the days. I did the similar thing and it was solved.

Whenever I was wearing that jeans, I smelled the same thing everytime it started to rain lol.
darkmoon87 is offline  
Old 04-07-2006
  #5  
DOHC i-VTEC TiMEX
Thread Starter
iTrader: (10)
 
aznboysrfr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: the OC
Age: 35
Posts: 7,273
Rep Power: 275
aznboysrfr has much to be proud ofaznboysrfr has much to be proud ofaznboysrfr has much to be proud ofaznboysrfr has much to be proud ofaznboysrfr has much to be proud ofaznboysrfr has much to be proud ofaznboysrfr has much to be proud ofaznboysrfr has much to be proud ofaznboysrfr has much to be proud ofaznboysrfr has much to be proud ofaznboysrfr has much to be proud of
hmm, well I rarely ever wash my floormats.

it probably is some sort of bacterial problem ... it only started happening last year ... it never happened the first year or two I had my car
aznboysrfr is offline  
Old 04-07-2006
  #6  
Registered!!
 
Honda01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: The Great White North
Posts: 135
Rep Power: 164
Honda01 will become famous soon enoughHonda01 will become famous soon enough
Steam clean them!
Then you Febreeze the **** out of them ...I love Febreeze

...I hate the idea of getting nice carpet dirty, and I live in Canada, so I just threw in all season rubber matts
Honda01 is offline  
Old 04-09-2006
  #7  
Premium Member
Hey! Look At Me!! I'm a Supporting Member!!
iTrader: (95)
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: NV
Age: 38
Posts: 51,312
Rep Power: 725
gearbox has a reputation beyond reputegearbox has a reputation beyond reputegearbox has a reputation beyond reputegearbox has a reputation beyond reputegearbox has a reputation beyond reputegearbox has a reputation beyond reputegearbox has a reputation beyond reputegearbox has a reputation beyond reputegearbox has a reputation beyond reputegearbox has a reputation beyond reputegearbox has a reputation beyond repute
use ozium
gearbox is offline  
Old 04-16-2006
  #8  
Registered!!
iTrader: (19)
 
pon55's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: po-town,ny
Age: 73
Posts: 4,316
Rep Power: 227
pon55 is just really nicepon55 is just really nicepon55 is just really nicepon55 is just really nice
Originally Posted by Honda01
Steam clean them!
Then you Febreeze the **** out of them ...I love Febreeze

...I hate the idea of getting nice carpet dirty, and I live in Canada, so I just threw in all season rubber matts
^ ^ ^ Febreeze FTW
pon55 is offline  
Old 04-23-2006
  #9  
CIVIC USER
iTrader: (3)
 
jbrown59's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Age: 34
Posts: 370
Rep Power: 0
jbrown59 should not be trustedjbrown59 should not be trustedjbrown59 should not be trustedjbrown59 should not be trustedjbrown59 should not be trusted
Use arm n hammer baking soda, sprinkle them onto your carpet and then vaccuum it out, the baking soda will trap the odors and remove them.
jbrown59 is offline  
Old 04-24-2006
  #10  
Registered!!
 
Pitch_BlacK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: British Columbia
Posts: 339
Rep Power: 0
Pitch_BlacK is an unknown quantity at this point
Here's what you should've done IMO

You should have two sets of floormats. One carpet floormats for spring & summer and One all season floormats you can get from walmart for rain & snow.

I have two sets and don't forget to vacuum your carpet floormats at least once every two weeks.

I also agree with the baking soda idea
Pitch_BlacK is offline  
Old 04-30-2006
  #11  
For every sprinkle I find, I shall kill you.
 
blackBDMcivicLX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: York, Pennsylvania
Age: 33
Posts: 1,795
Rep Power: 195
blackBDMcivicLX has a brilliant futureblackBDMcivicLX has a brilliant futureblackBDMcivicLX has a brilliant futureblackBDMcivicLX has a brilliant futureblackBDMcivicLX has a brilliant futureblackBDMcivicLX has a brilliant futureblackBDMcivicLX has a brilliant futureblackBDMcivicLX has a brilliant futureblackBDMcivicLX has a brilliant futureblackBDMcivicLX has a brilliant futureblackBDMcivicLX has a brilliant future
The self serve car washes that you need tons of quarters to use usually have clips up on the wall so you can hang your mats and use the presure washer on them. If you have one near by and none of the above work, try hitting up one of them.
blackBDMcivicLX is offline  
Old 05-12-2006
  #12  
DOHC i-VTEC TiMEX
Thread Starter
iTrader: (10)
 
aznboysrfr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: the OC
Age: 35
Posts: 7,273
Rep Power: 275
aznboysrfr has much to be proud ofaznboysrfr has much to be proud ofaznboysrfr has much to be proud ofaznboysrfr has much to be proud ofaznboysrfr has much to be proud ofaznboysrfr has much to be proud ofaznboysrfr has much to be proud ofaznboysrfr has much to be proud ofaznboysrfr has much to be proud ofaznboysrfr has much to be proud ofaznboysrfr has much to be proud of
okay, here's an update ... which I probably should've updated like 2 weeks ago ... oh well.

the carpet under my floormats turned out to be wet ... I took countless paper towels and they kept soaking up water ... so my cousin and I took some time, removed my seats and completed removed my bottom carpet from the car ...

turns out there is white foam attached to the bottom of the carpet that was COMPLETELY soaked ... and the bottom of the floor literally had puddles of water. I have no idea how the heck all that water got there ... there is (was) a small hole where this gasket wasn't completely flush near my M/T shifter box ... but I don't think all that water could get it from a hole the size of a dime.

so anyway ... floor mats are back in (but not the carpet) ... and my car now smells like "Sexy Vanilla" due to my new air freshener =]
aznboysrfr is offline  
Old 05-18-2006
  #13  
Registered!!
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Montgomery, AL
Age: 39
Posts: 15
Rep Power: 0
Cube is an unknown quantity at this point
Oxy-clean mixed in hot water and use some resolve or any other carpet cleaner if you have some bad spots. Get a stiff bristle brush (thinking bathtub or floor scrubbing brush) and use it on the mats. Then wail on the with some high pressure from a water hose and let them sun dry or you could use a wet dry vac for the carpet in the car. I think someone said a dryer sheet up under the sheet will help a little on odors but that may not be correct.
Cube is offline  
Old 05-18-2006
  #14  
Premium Member
Hey! Look At Me!! I'm a Supporting Member!!
iTrader: (95)
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: NV
Age: 38
Posts: 51,312
Rep Power: 725
gearbox has a reputation beyond reputegearbox has a reputation beyond reputegearbox has a reputation beyond reputegearbox has a reputation beyond reputegearbox has a reputation beyond reputegearbox has a reputation beyond reputegearbox has a reputation beyond reputegearbox has a reputation beyond reputegearbox has a reputation beyond reputegearbox has a reputation beyond reputegearbox has a reputation beyond repute
the ozium works best to eliminate odor. my car smelled like pizza for days after i ate in it, finally i sprayed the ozium all over and kept the doors closed all night. smell was gone in the morning. but yea i did the same and ripped out the carpet. it was kinda gross actually. so now i have some cheap thin stuff for looks. i'm the only one that rides it mostly so the other sections are brand new. and when mine gets messed up, i'll rip it out and put in a fresh piece.
gearbox is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Honda Civic Forum
Replies
Last Post
dELfONiK
Parts for Sale
16
04-20-2007 03:56 AM
Rufus
Arizona
9
12-26-2003 08:38 PM
NeonImpact
Off Topic
13
12-20-2003 04:40 AM
dirtEsanchez
Off Topic
16
04-21-2003 09:44 PM


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: Smelly floormats


Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.