Cleaning Trunk Liner

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bama7
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Cleaning Trunk Liner

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New here. I just bought a 1966 Thunderbird yesterday. I am happy with my purchase so far as well. I had a 1965, around 1970 when I was stationed at Craig AFB in Selma, Al. I really liked it so here I am again. My trunk liner is somewhat dirty and has a slight odor. I do not see any sign of mold or real dampness. Is there anything, or special cleaner I should use to clean the liner? I pulled it all out and letting it air out for a couple of days. Thanks
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Good question--I am wondering about the same issues, although I haven't pulled my liner out.
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I put the car in the shop to have the AC fixed and the mechanic found a couple of oil leaks too. I am hoping to get it back this evening, but more than likely it will be Monday or Tuesday. All my liners or laying in the trunk for now. I am thinking of something like Simple Green spray on for the cardboard stuff and some type of mild carpet cleaner for the material pieces.
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bama7 wrote: Sat Sep 12, 2020 2:25 pm New here. I just bought a 1966 Thunderbird yesterday. I am happy with my purchase so far as well. I had a 1965, around 1970 when I was stationed at Craig AFB in Selma, Al. I really liked it so here I am again. My trunk liner is somewhat dirty and has a slight odor. I do not see any sign of mold or real dampness. Is there anything, or special cleaner I should use to clean the liner? I pulled it all out and letting it air out for a couple of days. Thanks
Is your liner the original jute-backed Burtex material, or the cheaper fleece-backed vinyl offered in reproduction? If Burtex, a mild carpet cleaner may be a good place to start, but find a hidden spot first to make sure it doesn't discolor the material. I'd also think about using a steam cleaner and allowing the mats to dry thoroughly, but I've never tried it yet, primarily because my Roadster still has the cheap vinyl liner and I haven't obtained a Burtex set to install yet.
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As far as I know mine is original. It is not torn up, just dirty. I do plan to use the mild carpet cleaner. I should be able to test clean some areas that overlap.
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