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Old 21st March 2010, 14:08   #1
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Default Fungus in Carpet - Solutions ?

Yesterday when i removed the rubber mats to vaccum my car , i was shcoked to see fungus spread in the market .I was bit of damp as well . Since it is summer here are here and the car has not been driven through any water lodged roads i wonder how this happen. Apart from the normal washing there is not water spill.
What can be done.
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Old 21st March 2010, 14:25   #2
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Fungus almost always needs a moist area to breed. Instead of rubber mats in my Omni, I use cloth mats.
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Old 21st March 2010, 15:07   #3
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You can try this out How to Remove Mildew Odors from a Car | eHow.com
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Old 21st March 2010, 15:43   #4
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Possibly, there is water leaking from your AC system? Where was the fungus found? If its the front passenger seat, its very likely the AC.
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Old 24th March 2010, 11:34   #5
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yes it is the front passenger foot rest area.
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Old 24th March 2010, 11:58   #6
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Possibly, there is water leaking from your AC system? Where was the fungus found? If its the front passenger seat, its very likely the AC.
I'm facing the same problem in my car but it looks more like the white stains under the carpet than fungus.

Bullboy - Do you get the fungus smell in your car ?
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Old 24th March 2010, 12:13   #7
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Check if your AC drain pipe is fixed proper and not blocked. Remove the rubber mats and leave the car under full sun for a day, this will help dry the carpet fully. Then vacuum the car and its should be fine, as long as you do a weekly clean up.

During summer the heat from underbody will keep the mats dry and shouldnt cause any fungi attacks
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Old 24th March 2010, 16:43   #8
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Experts, correct me if I am wrong,
other solution is to spray some anti-fungal powder, provided it doesnot cause corrosive action on the floor metal.
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Agree with Jaggu.I had this problem once, albeit not to the extent of the fungus problem.Check your AC drain pipe.Removing the rubber mats for a day should dry up most of the dampness..
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Old 24th March 2010, 22:23   #10
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You will need to pinpoint the reason for water entering the cabin. its no use trying to get the fungus out if you dont find the root cause.. I had this problem in my wagonR where water used to leak in through the front firewall area.. One fine day the car started stinking real bad and look lotsa time to go.

For the time being take out the carpet and keep it in the sun for a day or so. Wash it if possible. You'll probably have to take out the seats and side claddings to get the carpet out. BAsically something like this Name:  sg.JPG
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You will need to pinpoint the reason for water entering the cabin. its no use trying to get the fungus out if you dont find the root cause.. I had this problem in my wagonR where water used to leak in through the front firewall area.. One fine day the car started stinking real bad and look lotsa time to go.

For the time being take out the carpet and keep it in the sun for a day or so. Wash it if possible. You'll probably have to take out the seats and side claddings to get the carpet out.


Here is an old pic of our octi. Look what happened when we didnt use the car for a week in summer!
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I tried drying it up. The problem is that apart from the rubber carpet there full length carpet on top of which seats are fixed .also below the carpet and pasted to the flooe the is a thich damping material which is holding some water.
There is no odour though.Now i have dried the floor and will check again.
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I tried drying it up. The problem is that apart from the rubber carpet there full length carpet on top of which seats are fixed .also below the carpet and pasted to the flooe the is a thich damping material which is holding some water.
There is no odour though.Now i have dried the floor and will check again.

This carpet is not pasted, it can be removed, first you need to remove the 2 front seat and the rear lower seat, once you get rid of them remove your entire carpet and see for other issues, by other issues i mean see if there is any rust on the body as fungus produces a lot of heat and might end up in rusting. It can be a case of some liquid spilling as well, so you might have to inspect very closly and findout the root cause.

If its a liquid spilling issue then get PVC flooring done.

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Old 26th March 2010, 14:23   #14
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This carpet is not pasted, it can be removed, first you need to remove the 2 front seat and the rear lower seat, once you get rid of them remove your entire carpet and see for other issues
Beneath that carpet there is a thick padding which i feel is pasted to the floor.Will get some snaps.
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Beneath that carpet there is a thick padding which i feel is pasted to the floor.Will get some snaps.

I understood, you can just pull it off,it will not damage anything. I got all that removed when my car was painted, you can put it back once the problem is solved, remember mould growth can be extreamly dangerous as they emit toxic gases.

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