For those that spend a lot of time in their vehicles, especially with kids of all ages, the interior of the vehicle can quickly become marred with stains, saturated with odors, and have a buildup of dirt and debris that makes the upholstery look dull and grungy. Today, we at Carpet Dry-Tech would like to share some tips to keep your auto upholstery clean and fresh.
Use a Vacuum Machine to Clean Car Upholstery
1) Prep. Remove the seat covers, floor mats, and any other removable materials that can get in the way of your work. Before you can move on to the next step, everything that can be removed, needs to be cleared away.
2) Thorough Vacuuming. Before treating spots, stains, and odors, the surface debris needs to be extracted. Make sure your vacuum has a working hose and ideal attachments to get in the crevices. Attach the proper hose or brush, and begin to brush each seat, working from the top on down and from side to side. Begin working on the carpeting once the seats are complete. Ensure you thorough and overlap the sections. Be sure to get in the crevices as this is the place dirt and debris will likely buildup.
How Do You Get Stains Out of Car Seats?
Across the seating surfaces and the carpeting needs to have any spots and stains scrubbed clean. Though some will work better with certain types of stains, depending on the base, you have several options for removing stains. You may have to approach stains and spots with different solutions to find the mot effective. Keep in mind, leather seats should be cleaned with a leather surface cleaner. Below are a few methods to treat vinyl or cloth upholstery. For homemade solutions, generally, the most effective is vinegar. Within eight ounces of vinegar mix in two tablespoons of salt and ensure it is dissolved. For a better application, we recommend a squirt bottle, but use a container of your choice. With a clean, white cloth, dip it in the solution and dab the stain. If odors continue after the vinegar has fully dried, generously sprinkle baking soda over the service and let it set for up to 30 minutes. Repeat the vacuuming procedure to ensure all baking soda particulates is removed.
How to Clean Fabric Floor Mats & Seat Covers
Make sure to follow the cleaning instructions provided with the covers if you have seat covers. You can handle minor stains by mixing a mild dish detergent with water and dabbing on sheepskin covers. Allow it to dry well. Remove soiled covers from the vehicle, shake clean, dab with the solution, then allow to air dry. For about 15 to 20 minutes, you can also fluff dry these in your dryer, at the lowest possible setting. Set the vacuum to its highest setting and use the attached brush to move it across the carpeted surface vigorously. Wipe down with a dish detergent solution, allow to dry, then apply a liquid shoe polish wax to bring out the shine in the rubber or plastic edges. Reinstall the floor mats and the seat cover, then return the car seats and other removed objects where you found them once you finished.