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so i go to start putting the body back together on my 86 and i find mold inside the car :cry: ??? wtf?? i got no idea how it got inside the car. she has been sittting a little while but has been sealed up. there was mold on part of the drivers seat and the center console. how could this off happened? what should i use to clean it up with and how do i prevent this from occuring again? thanks for the help.


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is the mold on fabric? or on plastic or what?

if its not on fabric, id suggest spray9 or some kinda germ killing cleanser.
if its on the seat fabric, go rent a steam cleaner, and while your at it, id steam clean the whole interior, but thats just me.

you probably had a lil water trapped in there, and when you sealed it up, time passed on, and there were some mold spores, and they like water, so whereever that water was trapped, your probably gonna have mold.


just steam clean it, you wont reget how nice itll smell afterwards :)
 

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How long does it take a steam cleaning to dry? I have a relitivly minimal amount of time in a week where I don't need to be driving.
 

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depends how hot out it is and how much ventalation you give the car. Usually just takes a day if everything is decent
 

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also depends where you steam clean it, like how much of the car.
if your just gonna do a couple spots, then dont worry about it, drive around with your windows open.

otherwise, if youve got a garage where you can park it with the windows open, then steam the car after work, park it in the garage with a fan blowing in through the window.

you can also vacuum the interior several times, over and over and over until it Feels dry, then leave it sit for a while with the windows cracked open.

hmm, one last thing, i dont really suggest it, but its one option... lay carpet or cardboard down on the carpeting and let it soak up the moisture.

and last thing, run the heater on high when your driving.

best of luck :)
 

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I've always had to deal with mold in my boat interior. I clean everything with a cup of ammonia to a gallon of water. Kills mold instantly and its real cheap. Test an inconspicuous area first - never tried it on a supra.

I like the steam cleaner idea. I've been looking for a small spot carpet cleaner since reading this thread http://www.celicasupra.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=2823 but all I can find are hard surface "steam" cleaners or carpet "hot water" cleaners. In a full size machine like you'd use for your house, there are "vapor" steam cleaners but they cost a fortune. I want a machine that I can use to "salvage" as much as possible from Supra interiors before I start buying replacements. If anyone wants to donate one of the $1000 dollar machines tho, I'll see what I can do about making the Supra Rescue Society a 501c3 for charitable tax deductions. :wink:

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sure, soon as i move into your garage, ill bring in a steam cleaner. ;)

hehe, im trying to get in contact with the guys i used to buy from when i was detailing.
lol, they hated our shop foreman, but we were too big a client to turn away, so i got to do all the purchasing, i guess they liked me, cause i got MAJOR deals on the side, like foaming 3m window cleaner for $1.89 a can, instead of $3.23 wholesale, or $8.30 retail. :)
 

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I just rent a carpet cleaner from the local grocery stores. They all come with apholstery attachements that work perfect for car interiors. I just do my cars if they need it when our carpets do. Costs like 25 bucks for 2 days
 
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