Can foam be washed?

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  1. jester125

    jester125 New Member

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    I am now realizing that this little project has turned into a restoration which I dont mind but I think the wife does a little. Anyway I have found that replacing the covers for the dinnete seats/cushions is fairly cheap but the foam is expensive. Can I just wash the foam by itself (really good) to get that old musty smell out. I removed the covers and the foam appears to be in good shape.

    Thanks, Chris
     
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    Retired Alex New Member

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    Foam can be washed but the rinsing and drying could be a real pain if you don't have a large tub to do it in and plenty of time.
    I do this for my foam cushins. Get as big a plactic bag as you can find. Stuff a cushion into it and close the open end around the end of a vacuum hose and suck all the air out of the bag and the cushion. A 4" cushion will flatten out to less than half an inch. Turn off the vacuum and let the cushion inflate. Do this several times to change all the air in the foam. You might even try adding a few dryer sheets (bounce etc.) in the bag to give a fresh smell to the foam.

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    Hi Chris,
    We had a truck camper before the pup. When we got it the cushions were really musty smelling. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_yuck.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Yuck"> I washed them with Oxy Clean (for laundry) and a very small amount of liquid laundry soap. I laid them out on our deck and poured the soap mixture over them and started squeezing. They take A LOT of rinsing (here we used the garden hose) but be sure to get as much soap out as you can. We squeezed as much water out as possible then let them air dry in the hot sun, flipping daily, until dry. They sure smelled alot better!<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_approve.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Approve">

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    Good I'm glad they can be saved, I think I'll try both ways.

    thanks, Chris
     
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    FEBREEZE!!!! Lots of it!


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    Zero Odor works on cat urine, so I guess it works on everything else. But the Vacuuming trick sounds like a really great idea. I'll tell DW and soon I'll be sucking out the bad!

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    That is a good idea with the vacuum. How about this: could you wash them, then suck them down the same way with a wet vac?
     
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    The vacuum does sound like a great idea. I think I'll try DH shop vac set up for wet and clean mine just to do something for the pup!

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    Friends had to clean there foam after dogs peed on them and Urine Out from Kaboom works great.We wet them down on driveway, soaped them up ,rinsed and added Urine Out ,and then sucked them dry with wet vac.Be sure you have them dry before you install them . Good Luck

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    Thanks everyone, I'll have clean cushions in no time.

    Chris
     
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    Where are old time ringer washers when you need them?

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    Our cushions are so dense I am not sure I want to risk mold growth. They are the original cushions and smell like they are the originals, bleh.
    I need to figure something out though.
    Anyones else got really dense, stinky cushions?

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    I did, I washed mine outside with the waterhose, laundry detergent, and LOTS of water. I laid them on sawhorses to dry and kept turning them. No need to worry about mildew if the day is warm and breezy and you allow the water to drain out and not sit.

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    We had an older pop that smelled something horrid!

    We used a product called expel you can find it online at www.expelproducts.com .. They use it in hotels! So you know it has to be good.

    All we did was take the covers off washed them and as they were being dealt with we sprayed the expel all over as much as we could, added some baking soda then letting them dry in the sun the wind outside actually helped a bunch.

    I had a good friend that sells vintage furniture give me a good tip once I did all that. She told me they take a mixture of real vanilla extract and water. So I sprayed that all over and finished drying. No smells after that!

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    I have cleaned foam but not from the pup. I put it in the tub and danced on it with laundry detergent. Rinse and wring and hung outside to dry. No problems. I also washed the foam from my bed in the washer but it was thin and did get a small rip. Also hung outside.

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