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Blazin72 06-25-2011 11:34 PM

Mildew smell, floor pad soaked.
For the last year or so the truck has had a very strong smell and I had always assumed it was anti-freeze smell from a leaking heater core. Well, today I was working on replacing the parking brake cable in my Silverado today and I noticed the pad under the drivers side floor was wet and I now know that's not the problem because I removed the seats, vinyl floor and the pad underneath and found the source of the smell. The pad under the front drivers side was soaked and the pad under the drivers side of the extended cab was damp. We removed the pad and sprayed it with a light bleach solution then left it to air dry. We also scrubbed the underside of the vinyl and the bare floor of the cab with the bleach solution. After that we sealed a loose plug in the floor that looks like it was letting road spray off the front tire make its way into the cab. It's all going back together tomorrow and I'm wondering what I can do to neutralize any remaining smell. The truck itself smells much better but the section of the pad that was wet still has a strong smell. Is there anything I can treat the pad with before I lay it down? How about the rest of the interior and the air vents?

OneMoreTime 06-25-2011 11:48 PM

Try some febreze brand air freshener..get it at Safeway in Belfair..spray it in the cab and roll up the windows and shut the doors..see if that helps..


Pantaz 06-26-2011 12:13 AM

Enzymatic (enzyme-based) cleaner/odor remover. Pet stores sell it as a "pet stain and odor" remover. Industrial/janitorial supply stores also have it, but in usually larger quantities than you need.

richard stewart 3rd 06-26-2011 12:25 AM

You might try this stuff

pepi 06-26-2011 05:03 AM

open the doors on a nice hot sunny day, try to park the truck so that the sun can hit the floor area or at least on the pass side. It might take a couple of times. Most sprays will just hide, and when the humidity goes up here comes the smell.

GM says; reference; factory service manual. close off the cab, turn up the heat full for 10 min, while running deodorize. The common thread here is hot dry air, you want to dry it out .

crdnblu 06-26-2011 07:03 AM

Additionally, to what has been recommended, this product works very well for long term help. I've had one in every vehicle I've owned, for a decade. Set them out in the sun for a day, every year, & they're ready to go for another year!

HalfOunce 06-26-2011 08:41 AM

Bleach will not get rid of mold on porous materials. They do have various products for such things though.

Blazin72 06-26-2011 08:14 PM

The mat was soaked thoroughly with the bleach solution then let to sit and dry in the sun. How would baking soda work for deodorizing the mat? We talked about spreading baking soda across the floor pan then laying the mat down and spreading more over the top of the mat. ??

OneMoreTime, I have some Febreze and plan on doing exactly that after we've got the rest of the truck together.

I think I'm going to try that Stinky-be-Gone under the seat too...

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