It's easy to forget about your Chevrolet Caprice carpet until it starts to smell bad. When this happens, don't go ignoring the odor because it can only get worse. Instead, put your nose closer to the carpet and find out if the smell is caused by air conditioning leaks, fungal growth, or cigarette smoke.
If you have a leaking heater core, you can expect your carpet to suffer. The engine coolant can leak from the heater core (located underneath the dashboard) and flood the floor on the passenger's side. If you notice a wet patch in this area, a sweet smell, and a fogged windshield, then it's definitely your heater core that's in need of repairs. Patch up the leak, then thoroughly clean and dry your carpet to prevent the growth of mold and mildew.
Spilled liquids and a warm environment can provide just the right conditions for fungi to grown inside your car. But, instead of dreaming about harvesting magic mushrooms from your Chevrolet Caprice carpet, you should be thinking of ways to removing thick black mold spots and powdery mildew. Apart from making your car smell bad, these fungal growths can also be harmful to people since they can cause headaches, asthma, coughing, and eye irritation.
You can prevent these unpleasant effects by finding the exact location of the growths and drying it out completely. Then, you can use an odor absorber or an enzyme cleaner to remove the mold and mildew. If the bad smell continues to persist, take the car in for a professional interior cleaning.
Smoking while driving your Chevrolet isn't just bad for your health, it can also be bad for your carpet. Apart from retaining the smell of cigarette smoke, your carpet can also suffer from burns caused by dropping a lit cigarette or the car's lighter. It's quite expensive to have your carpets replaced just because of burn holes and a lingering smell. Instead, you can try patching up the carpet after you've removed the odor with some vinegar and baking soda.
First, you'll need to place a pair of small bowls filled with vinegar inside your Caprice. Then, you'll need to sprinkle some baking soda onto your carpets. Leave the bowls and the baking soda for a few hours to absorb the smell of cigarettes completely. Then, remove the bowls and vacuum the baking soda. Afterwards, you can cut off some of the carpeting in a hidden location to graft onto the visible burn holes. Just place the carpet graft over the hole with some tweezers and stick it on with some carpet adhesive.