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Old 04-11-2013, 21:31   #16
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Re: Help trying to save smelly cushions.

Twice in the past my cat has peed on the seats of the car - and 'rumour' has it you can't get rid of cat pee smell - well, I did.

Using "Orange Power" Deodoriser, available in every Woolworths and Coles supermarket in Australia.

Not sayin' it will work on the mouldy foam, but hey, cat pee is pretty bad....

Required daily application (pump-pack bottle, so spray on) for a few weeks but eventually no more cat pee smell, even after leaving car in the hot sun all day.
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Re: Help trying to save smelly cushions.

You can place them in a garbage bag, add the bleach and massage till the foam is saturated. Then with a shop vac, remove the excess air and "shrink wrap" them in the bag and close end to keep vacuum tight. Store flat, but turn over every day for a week. If at the end of this process, the odor is still present, you will need to get new foam. This is a tried and true remedy for all but the toughest of odors. If the odor continues to be resistant, you have only invested a few $$ for bleach and a weeks worth of time....Good Luck.
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Old 05-11-2013, 05:49   #18
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If you worked out how many hours you've spent on various fixes, multiplied that by say AU$50, a national value on your time you would probably have spent more than the value of new foam. Surely Clark's aren't that expensive?
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:23   #19
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Why not just bag them in plastic the way you did to store them, and the recover with new fabric?
I have had good luck with the plastic covers with zippers on one end ,Have only done it with a mattress but it worked well and a queen size one was only $8.00 -$10.00,will also make it water proof if the zipper is not compromised or it has no holes in it...
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Old 05-11-2013, 10:38   #20
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Re: Help trying to save smelly cushions.

FWIW, you can get commercial grade foam from Clark Rubber, too. So far, quite happy with ours, which they cut to our specs.

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Old 12-11-2013, 23:44   #21
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Just an update. With so many things on our plate at the moment we have decided to burn the boat to the water line. Nah just kidding we are going to buy new foam. Clark rubber is expensive in my opinion and we need the equivalent of 2 kings possibly a single too, depending on joins and layout.
A king is cheaper than a full sheet 6" thick and $460 for the premium then we cut it. So about $1100 for foam. To me that seems a bit steep so I'm hunting.....

This postpones our upholstery until I have the foam so I can cut the sides to adjust for what height we end up with and I may have to enlarge the top plate a bit if the foam is say 6" instead of 4" and cut the back at a slight wedge. 4"appears to be maximum to get away with a square cut back edge but I'll see.
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Old 13-11-2013, 04:00   #22
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What about a custom mattress then?
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Old 13-11-2013, 20:27   #23
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Re: Help trying to save smelly cushions.

I have found that a band saw gives a very nice finished cut on foam rubber.

I haven't tried a table saw for angled cuts, but I suspect it would work with a very slow feed.

good luck.
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Re: Help trying to save smelly cushions.

Odor eliminator PureAyre eliminates cat, pet, smoke, skunk, cigars, gasoline, cooking and musty odors.

Peggie recommended it to many of us back before she "retired."

Good luck, however you choose to go.
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Old 14-11-2013, 02:02   #25
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Re: Help trying to save smelly cushions.

We used an electric carving knife to cut saloon cushion foam- it worked well and wasn't expensive (plus you could use it afterwards )
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I should mention I'm in Australia and so far have found foam to be ridiculously overpriced compared to what I could have bought in Canada.
Oh yes, I can sure relate to THAT sentiment.

We have the same problem at the moment, a sort of old boat/diesel smell, and I am going to try the technique of stomping on them in a kiddie pool filled with a cocktail of detergents and water (while wearing gumboots), leave them to dry in the sun, then repeat the process a few times.

I've been told by someone who had the same problem that it worked well for them, and I have just been waiting for the weather to warm up.

I priced replacing our foam and the best price I could do the lot for in Aus was about $2K! And that was not for anything fancy either, we would still be doing the cutting and sewing.


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We used an electric carving knife to cut saloon cushion foam- it worked well and wasn't expensive (plus you could use it afterwards )
So did we. Bought it at a thrift store for $2.00
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Hate to say this after all your work, but you need new foam.
Me thinks as well ... not much hope after all these cleaning compounds and other chemistry the foam was subjected to. Try the bleach treatment, it will take care of the organic residues, and if this does not help ... new ones are in order.
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Re: Help trying to save smelly cushions.

Normally I wouldn't entertain the idea, but after looking at some of the foam mattress prices on Amazon, it might be worth checking on just how outrageous the AmazonGlobal shipping price is. They are listed as AmazonGlobal eligible items, & @ About $150US per, even a few hundred in shipping might still save you money?

Amazon.com: AmazonGlobal Eligible - Mattresses & Box Springs / Bedroom Furniture: Home & Kitchen
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