No matter if you practically live in the car, have kids, or even use the vehicle occasionally, the upholstery needs to be cleaned, some more often than others. Today, we at Carpet Dry-Tech would like to offer the basics of cleaning the auto upholstery.
How Do You Clean Upholstered Car Seats?
1) Clean Out Vehicle. The first step is to first remove the trash and junk out of the car. Dispose of any trash accordingly and take in any extra toys or possessions to declutter the inside of the vehicle to help you more efficiently vacuuming and wipe down the interior.
2) Vacuum Car Upholstery. Clear out the floor mats and other removable accessories. Vacuum the mats and seats. If you have removable seat covers, you can remove them and shake them out. If the label says machine washable, you can give them a good wash by tossing them in the washer. Be sure to follow the label’s direction. If there are no indications, and the cover are cloth, wash it them on the delicate cycle to be safe and air dry them. Vacuum the interior’s fabric areas using the vacuuming hose along with the attachment to better target the sucking power in the tighter areas and around the creases. Use the brush attachment to clean off dust on the harder surfaces.
3) Wipe Hard Surfaces. On the hard surfaces, such as dash, console, front panel, doors, and other locations, you need to wipe them down. They are better treated formulated cleaners that are designed to shine and clean these surfaces. If you do not have such products, make a hot water with a few drops of mild dish soap. Immediately dry the surface with a dry, microfiber cloth.
4) Treating Car Seat Stains. Grease stains, compacted dirt and debris, food or drink spills, and so much more can leave lasting marks on the upholstery. Use an upholstery stain remover to gently work out the stains. Any leather needs to be treated with an exclusively specialized leather interior upholstery cleaner. Avoid aggressive scrubbing on the leather or you can scratch the leather. When using any cleaner, whether if it is store bought or a DIY solution, always perform a patch test in an inconspicuous spot to ensure it will not compromise the upholstery.
DIY Solution for Stains. Combine two cups water, one cup vinegar and approximately a teaspoon of dish soap in a spray bottle. Light mist the stains and gently scrub clean. Use a cloth treated in pure water to rinse the solution’s residues. Make sure to blot out any lingering moisture. You do not want to oversaturate any area, if you need to repeat the stain removal process, always blot the excess liquid away and do not over apply solution. A dry foam cleaner often works well and you do not have to be overly concerned about oversaturating the upholstery.