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Car Upholstery Stain Removal Tips

A well maintained and stylish car can be enticing from the outside, but what matters the most is how pleasant and clean the car interior is? A clean car interior is not only satisfying, but also good for health and hygiene. We clean and wash our cars everyday, just to keep it shining, but we forget the most important part, that is the car upholstery.

There are many who use car as a mini living room and those dirty stains keep increasing with time. Cleaning car upholstery is not a very difficult task. The following paragraphs will guide you on, how to clean car upholstery?

How to Clean Car Upholstery Stains?

Liquid stains not only emit foul odor, but they are also tough to clean. Many of us ignore liquid stains and leave them over for a long time, which damages the upholstery. Leaving it for a long period of time also makes it tough to clean. So cleaning car's dirty upholstery immediately is the best thing to do. Given below are some ways of cleaning car upholstery.

Not cleaning car upholstery for a long time leads to accumulation of dust, dirt and crumbs. Vacuuming is the best method to avoid accumulation and deterioration of your car upholstery. Cleaning agents can cause the dirt particles to stick to the seats and also get deep beneath. So starting the cleaning process by vacuuming the dirt and dust is always better. Moreover, vacuuming and light brushing on weekends can get rid of the dirt, before it gets embedded in the fibers of the fabric. Steam cleaners for car upholstery cleaning are also available in the market. They are fairly easy to use and are also effective.

Leather Upholstery Cleaning
If you are wondering how to clean car leather upholstery, then, applying deep leather conditioning formula, which is available in the market can really work wonders. Make sure the solution is dilute and apply it in a circular motion.Leave it for about 10 - 15 minutes and then gently rub it with a soft and dry cloth. Leather upholstery will get a lustrous look. To maintain your leather upholstery in the best condition, you can apply this conditioner for 3 - 4 times in a year. Baking soda is also effective for brightening the leather upholstery. Prepare salt water by adding four tablespoons of sea salt into one cup of tap water. Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of flour to the salt water. Mix the mixture well and wipe the seats using a wet cloth. Use a dry cloth to wipe off the mixture. This method will also help to maintain the leather quality for a long time.

Grease Stains
Cleaning grease stains with water will not be good for the fabric, as the stain will spread. Instead of using water try dabbing the spill with a rag till the grease dries completely. Allow the stain to settle down for about two days. The oil from the stain will settle down, leaving little or no mark on the surface. Leather soft cleaner can also be used for removing these stains.

Large Stains
For large stains, blot it well with a rag, then use an upholstery attachment of an electric carpet cleaner to draw the liquid. Apply and rub appropriate cleaning agent on the stain. Suck the liquid, by pressing down the attachment head of the cleaner. Drawing as much liquid as possible can get rid of the stain. But remember to do this, as soon as there is a spill on the upholstery.

Ink and Coffee Stains
For removing ink stains, using some vinegar or alcohol is effective. Rub the stain with a cotton rag dipped in vinegar. After that, dry the spot with a blow dryer, hopefully the stain will disappear. Window spray cleaner is effective for coffee and soda spills. Blot the stain with a rag and spray the window cleaner and brush gently. After spraying, blot it with a clean rag or paper towels. To avoid any chances of discoloration of the fabric, first try all the solutions on an old fabric.

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in new Zealand for 24 years. IICRC qualified "master restoration technician"

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