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How To Clean Car Seats The Right Way

We all spend so much time in our vehicles that it’s hard to remember to maintain the seats. Think about it. You’re driving to work in the morning, to lunch, to the store, back home, to soccer practices, vacations, and more. That’s a lot of use! So, we’re going to show you how to clean car seats the right way. Whether you’re looking at the seats and wondering how some stain got there, or you’re curious how to get all that gunk up—we’ve got you. All of these tips are sure to extend the beauty and life of your car’s seats.    

First Thing’s First

Before you start dealing with stains, you need to make sure the seats are cleaned off and clear of debris or trash. Next, we suggest taking a small automotive vacuum to clean up any loose or ingrained dirt or debris. Preferably, you’ll want to use a vacuum with a brush attachment so you can really agitate the fibers to get any small particles up. Once that’s done, we can move on to the deep cleaning. 

Cleaning The Seats For Stain

The seats in a car are the most used part of the entire vehicle. So, there’s no question that they’ll need a deep cleaning sooner or later. Of course, there are different seat materials, so we’re going to give you tips on cleaning both fabric and leather seats. 

Fabric Seats

If you just need to spot treat the seats after vacuuming, you can make an all-natural cleaner. Take one cup of water, half a cup of vinegar, a half tablespoon of dish soap, and mix in a bowl or spray bottle. Spot treat as needed and make sure to saturate the stains thoroughly.  Once the stains are soaked, take an upholstery brush, and scrub vigorously. The brush will do most of the work, and you can watch the stains come right up. Once you think the stains are gone, go boil some water in a teapot. When it’s done, pour the water on the spots and dab with a cloth or paper towel to absorb the water and residual stain. 
For Whole Fabric Seat Cleaning 
Sometimes you’ve got more than a couple of spots to clean up. When you want to do a whole-seat cleaning, we suggest using a hot-wet vacuum like this. You can fill the unit with a detergent to do a deep cleaning. Once the cleaner is scrubbed around and soaked in, you just suck it out and let the seats dry. 

Leather Seats

Leather seats are a lot easier to clean than fabric seats. But, you do need to take some precautions when cleaning leather. NEVER, and we mean NEVER use products like Windex and furniture polish on leather. They will dry out or leave the leather feeling sticky. Also, some normal cleaning products will take the finish off the leather as well.  Once you vacuum leather seats off, you can mix a simple 1:10 mixture of dish soap to water to get up any dirt or stains that may be on the seats. After the stains and grime are up, we suggest following up with a non-oily leather conditioner. A conditioner will hydrate and restore dry or cracked-looking leather to its former glory.  Voila! Clean and good as new!  

Want The Pros To Handle It? 

At CitruSolution Asheville, we specialize in non-toxic, sustainable cleaning. So, we’re able to remove stains that other detail shops can’t. So, give us a call today!

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