Cleaning vs. New Carpet
I had intended to treat my "new" FWB to new carpet. Even though only 55,XXX it had a pink sheen in areas from sun fade, along with the usual stains after 20 years. As it's a Fleetwood, notice the slits for the rear seat duct openings:
From having replaced the carpet in my SS 10 years ago I figured $160 at that time would grow to maybe $200 now for the same thick mass-backed order. Shock! I'm looking at $350 for the Cady, so I looked into cleaning and restoring my original. The original has good mass backing, and Cady didn't scrimp on the insulation/deadening:
I rented a Rug Doctor and mixed some laundry detergent, borax and 409 and it cleaned up well. Here's the problem though. I sprayed on some clean water trying to remove more soap residue and the vacuum rinse kept coming up pretty dirty and gritty:
I ended up following the advice from this thread https://www.impalassforum.com/vBullet...ning-tips.html
and put the whole thing over a fence and shot it with a hose and used the Rug Doctor to suck it dry each time. The second glass is the 2nd rinse on the ground. Each dose soaking/sucking over the fence got better even though I didn't realize I would still be using 3 more glasses lol:
The final final end result was very satisfactory:
For the sun fade I used this from Detail King: auto carpet dye
A regular spray bottle and my wheel-cleaning brush I worked on the pink areas until everything matched the hidden color under the rear bench. As advertised this stuff will never change your original color, but works perfect to restore the original. For the next time I'd order the next darker choice - and maybe use up less than the whole bottle.
BTW, I covered the whole floorpan and select vertical surfaces with a roll of FattMatt. And you can save the Rug Doctor if you have a real good wet/dry vac. I already have a hi-pressure washer and as long as the carpet has mass backing I might try it next time based on the guys in that other thread.
Cliffs: $72 vs. $350 = not too shabby for 2 hour's work.
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Last edited by 96 Black; 07-31-2017 at 02:03 PM.
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