Okay I hope someone can help us here in a last ditch effort before blowing our budget
Sorry for all the details below but there's no point in getting recommendations if someone does not have all the facts or history
so here we go. (Maybe Peggy is in the house?)
Here's the deal, when we bought our boat it came with a brand new engine
yeah! Because the other one blew and spit a mountain of oil
in the bilge
which subsequently got behind all the inbuilt moulded liners and furnishings etc. Boooooooo! So we have been cleaning
hard for well over a year getting everything we can get to including cutting access, building storage
and being able to clean most of those spots. Yeah! The old cushions
smelt and although They feel firm and comfy they were removed.
I believe the foam is dura foam or other high quality foam. They are discolored possibly from the treatments below but they were discolored when first removed but I can't recall
how much. My guess is that they are 8-10yrs old but again resilient firm and comfy still.
This took place 15months ago, Coverings were removed and laundered successfully.
We then went to town cleaning
and freshening the foam.
We have washed thoroughly with non detergent neutral cleaner
Then they were liberally treated with vinegar.
They have also been treated with a dose of clove oil
(we hate mould and mildew). Squeezed of all water
and left to air with a bit of sun but not too much.
After they were thoroughly dried they still had that old boat smell. So in our spare room they were given an ozone treatment, done overnight. (I now know it should have been short treatments of higher concentrations.)
I am confident that the foam reached saturation of ozone and the environment
totally shocked. But maybe it was too much?
The foam was then aired out and dehumidified to 55% it still had a little old boat smell so was treated with an odor
neutralizer for pets
. then left to air at 55% another day. They seemed ok.
Since we live in a very small place and we were not ready to deal with upholstery they were bagged, taped and shrink wrapped air tight and put into dry storage
. Fast forward 15months.
We brought them out 2 days ago and they stink! Same smell. Booooooo! I am starting to sew all new upholstery coverings. Yeahhhhh.
We placed them outside for some fresh air its helping a little but they still smell. Maybe its the smell of foam that's breaking down and not old boat but old foam smell all this time?
Is their any hope here? I'm thinking another wash then maybe making a vacuum bag, insert cushions
pull all air out then as air re enters add atomized treatment of maybe clove oil and vinegar or Fabreeze or similar. Am I flogging a dead horse? I would not bother except they are so comfy firm and even. They feel like new foam to sit on but they are clearly not.
There is no way I am going to put new sewn covers on them if they are going to smell. But getting new foam will effect our budget
a lot and push us back from our goal a while so if there's anyway I can save these I'd like to try.
Wow that's probably as painful to read as it was for me to do ;-)