How to Clean Car Upholstery

According to INRIX, the average American spends more than 111 hours a year in traffic, which means we spend a lot of time in our cars. In that time, your upholstered seats are subjected to some serious wear. Keeping your seats clean is not only good for your health, but will help your vehicle maintain its value in the long run.

How to Clean Car Upholstery

Here’s the rundown on how to clean car upholstery:

  1. Gather your supplies.
    • Your favorite upholstery cleaner, which can be found in the automotive department in your local store.
    • Vacuum
    • Two Buckets
    • Sponge
    • Rag or washcloth
    • Towel
  2. Vacuum. Make sure to use an attachment that can reach in the cracks and crevices in your seats, clearing all loose dirt and debris.
  3. Fill one bucket with hot water, and one with cold water. If you want to make your own upholstery cleaner, com suggests mixing ordinary laundry detergent in the bucket of warm water. Otherwise follow your cleaner’s recommendations. We always recommend testing any products you use on a small area before applying everywhere.
  4. Wipe down the seats. Soak your sponge in the cleaning solution, and then wipe down the upholstered surface of all of the seats, being careful not to soak the material.
  5. Wipe down, again. Dip the rag or washcloth into the bucket of clean, cold water, ring it out, and wipe down the seats again to remove excess cleaning solution and dirt from the seats.
  6. Repeat as needed.

  7. Towel off, and let dry. Use a clean towel to remove excess water from your seats, and allow your car to dry with the doors and/or windows open for as long as possible.

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