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Old 05-29-2012, 12:54 PM   #11
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We did the towel/squish thing... it still takes forever for them to dry LOL
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Old 05-29-2012, 03:30 PM   #12
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Bear in mind that foam "dies" from heat and age. You may want to replace the foam now rather than in a few years.

If you insist on "washing" the foam... try using a sanitizer like the pink stuff EcoLab sells at Sam's Club under the ProForce name. It's a concentrate. For the foam, I would dilute it in double the water it normally calls for. Then make a "tub" with a sheet of plastic or a plastic tarp (use stuff to make raised sides higher than the foam all the way around). Dump the sanitizer solution over the foam making sure to saturate completely, then remove and drain. Should clean out all the smells. You will never get all the soap out (I have tried... ended up replacing the foam mattresses with air mattresses). If you think you may have bed bugs, trash the stuff. I vote for trashing the stuff anyway, just in case. 3" Twin size mattress toppers are readily available from Wal-Mart for a fairly low price. Even if you used cheap painters canvas to cover the cushions, the material will still cost more than the cushions. That's a lot of work to be replacing the cushions in a couple of years. But it's your work, not mine. Have fun!
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Old 06-02-2012, 03:29 PM   #13
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You can squish out the water from foam by placing between two sheets of plywood and driving over them with the car. Never tried it, but apparently its what guys who get water into their snowmobile seats do, after they remove the foam from the seat obviously. Now that I think of it, you could probably put it in a big garbage bag, attach a shop vac to the opening and 'vacuum pack' the water out as well. Might work.
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You can squish out the water from foam by placing between two sheets of plywood and driving over them with the car.
Does that sound like one of those "You might be a Redneck if..."
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Jup---I'd say so! "Here"s your sign"
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im just here waiting for my 31 year old foam cushions to dissolve...
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im just here waiting for my 31 year old foam cushions to dissolve...
They don't dissolve... they die and smell bad (not necessarily in that order).

The mattresses in the popup when we got it in 1987 smelled funky (got wet off and on over the years?). When we tossed them, the coverings were dry rotted and the foam was falling apart. these were the original cushions from 1974. We did sleep on them for a couple of years before putting air mattresses in, just not very comfortably. It was like sleeping on the plywood decking under the mattresses. I'm sure the quality and materials the cushions are made of makes a huge difference.
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