How to Clean Your Car Seats

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Remove Small Particles

Before using any cleaners, including water, to remove spots or stains it’s important to make the sure your vehicle is first free of loose debris. Use a small hand vacuum or plug an indoor vacuum into an outdoor plug to vacuum the seat cushions, seat backs and any pockets. If you haven’t cleaned your vehicle recently, now is also a good time to vacuum any debris off the floor. You’d be surprised how many food and dirt bits you track into your car on daily basis!

Spot Cleaning

Unless your seats are heavily soiled or you recently had a spill accident, most car seats will only need a spot cleaning to look good as new. Cleaning methods will vary depending on what material the seat is made of and what created the stain. Always test any stain remover on a small, inconspicuous area of the seat before using it to remove a stain.

Any stains on leather seats should first be pretreated with a leather conditioning chemical. Then, apply a leather stain remover directly on the stain and let it sit for about 30 seconds. You should be able to wipe away the stain and remove it altogether.

Vinyl seats are the easiest to clean, as most spots and stains can be easily wiped away. Spray the area with an all-purpose glass cleaner before wiping them down with a soft cloth. If you want to polish the seats, mix equal parts water and baking soda to create a paste. Rub the paste on the vinyl, then rinse with a mild mixture of soap and water. Wipe dry with a clean cloth.

Fabric upholstery can be particularly difficult to clean. Start by making an all-purpose cleaning fluid by mixing equal parts water and dishwashing liquid. Pour the water into a spray bottle and spritz any unwanted stains. Then, rub the stain with either a soft brush or blot with a cloth until the stain in removed. Rinse with clean water.

Seat Belts and Buckles

Seat belts can get just as dirty as the seats themselves. To clean, first pull them all the way out of their track so all sections of the strap are visible. You can attach a clothespin or clip near the top to prevent it from reeling back in. The vinyl upholstery cleaning approach is most effective for cleaning the seatbelt material, but white vinegar also works. After wiping down the belt, leave it exposed to dry before releasing it back into the seat. If it’s still wet the material could become moldy!

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