Super Stinky Cushions

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  1. Bhut2180

    Bhut2180 Member

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    We recently picked up a 98 Coleman Casa Grande. It had a musty smell inside, just cut off the material on the cushions to replace with new stuff but the cushions smell of the same musty yuck!!! Aired them out for a day, did a night with tons of baking soda all over them, now just did a day with vinegar and water, they still smell!!! Any thoughts on removing the smell?? I've got an ozone machine I'll try next but after that it seems like replacement and that's not cheap
    Thanks for your thoughts
     
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    I washed mine in the bathtub with laundry detergent. I used my feet to “agitate” throughout the foam. Then drained and rinsed twice using the same method. Rolled up to squeeze out the water, laid flat on the deck to dry.

    It was a little harder doing the mattresses as I had to fold them up to fit in the tub but it still worked great. The smell is completely gone and even after camper had been closed up for several weeks, it did not come back.
     
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    Wow that sounds pretty brave to go that far, ok I'll give it a try, at least that's free vs $280 worth of new cushions, I'll let you know how it goes!!
     
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    I guess but like you, I didn’t want to spend money on replacements if I didn’t have to. We had to replace our canvas so that busted the budget for the year. Lol
     
  5. Orchid

    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

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    Nothing worked for ours. I washed them extensively, tried baking soda and every other concoction I found on the internet. I sun dried them in Florida for weeks. I even tried wrapping them in plastic under the new covers I made for them. Nope. Still stinky. I replaced ours by buying twin sized (extra long) mattress from Foam Factory and cutting it to size with an electric knife. I bought the Lux Regular Foam and it's nice and firm for seat cushions. Cost was $75.98 that included tax and shipping. If you need more foam, just order a bigger mattress to cut. That was the place I found the best deal.
     
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    Essential oils (tea tree oil) in a diffuser work...not expensive. Spray several times a day, leave open with oscillating fan inside.
     
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    So my wife took the lead on this one, she put one cushion at a time in our master bath tub, hot water and Tide, used her feet to agitate like you mentioned and then took them in the shower to spray rinse them. Tub needed a good cleaning after she finished but they have since dried and smell much better. She’s BIG into essential oils so I’m sure she’s planning to spray them with something good smelling!!!
     
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    Glad it worked for you too. It is a fair amount of work but I spread it out over a few weekends to get them all done
     
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    Fair amount of work is an understatement. [LOL] I remember it being back breaking when I did ours. I washed them with just about everything over the course of a few days and it wore me out! I finally decided to let the Florida sun dry them and the smell would leave. It did, for awhile, but kept coming back. Ours were probably worse than your average cushion, though. Way behind musty, more like mold smelling.
     
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    Yeah we are in Orlando and with the rainy season here, we could only do 3-4 hrs in the morning and then again in the evening after the rain, then most of the time in the garage with fans going.

    Orchid did u end up replacing yours?
     
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    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

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    Yes, I did. We used the old ones for about 5 years, and I tried very hard to salvage them. At least 3 different occasions, I washed and dried them in the sun. The last time the smell came back, I was done. All new foam in the entire camper now.
     
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    Do u mind saying how much you paid for the new foam
     
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    I bought a twin sized foam mattress and cut it with electric carving knife. Here is the email confirmation with exactly what I paid.

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    And the beds:

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    I recently picked up my first pop up and am redoing the entire thing as rats had gotten into it when the previous owner had it. I need to redo all the cushions and mattresses as the smell of rat urine is horrendous!
    I bought upholstery fabric but have no idea how to sew :eek:. I noticed a few posters are from the Orlando / Central FL area so any tips or recommendations or hands on direction would be greatly appreciated! ;)
     
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    Hi Orchid, Do you still have your bag awning you were looking to get rid of? I noticed you mentioned it in another post. Thanks :)
     
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    I do and you are welcome to it. We live in Lake City, FL. I won't ship it but you are welcome to come get it.
     
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    This is a really good video for someone who doesn't have sewing experience. I did a couple sets of mine this way. Originally, I learned to sew just because I wanted to make cushion covers for an old camper we had. I got a cheap machine free and am still using the same one. Most recent covers I made from Marine vinyl with Velcro closures.

     
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    Thanks! You're about 3 hrs away so next time we're heading up that way Ill be sure and message you to stop by. Im thinking early spring sometime :)
    Thanks for the vid also!
     
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    I can't help but wonder about hantavirus...hopefully you won't get sick from the droppings.
     

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