Consider the dirt that could end up on your couch. Crumbs, coffee stains and light soils from someone else’s shoes are all possible. There is nothing that you can’t get clean with some laundry detergent and fabric cleaner.
Think about what dirt ends up on your carpet, upholstery, and car seat. Mud, road grime, and greasy, heavy soils can all be found almost anywhere you have driven. This type of dirt will be more difficult to clean and more frustrating without the right detailing tools.
Many car owners take their vehicles to the detailing shop to have their upholstery cleaned by professionals. With a little knowledge and the right automotive cleaners you can do it yourself at a fraction of the cost!
These are simple DIY tips to restore your car’s upholstery and seats to factory-fresh condition.
Ditch the Household Cleaners
As we mentioned at the beginning, dirt that ends up on your couch may not be the same as the dirt that gets embedded in your upholstery. This “lifehack”, while tempting, will slow down the cleaning process. Many household cleaners can stick to fabric upholstery, causing it to become dirtier faster. This is called re-soiling.
An automotive cleaner that can remove the heavy soils from your car’s upholstery will make it easy to clean it. For lighter dirt and stains we recommend the Oxy Interior 1 spray. Power Out! vehicle carpet & upholstery cleaners is recommended for soils and stains that are more severe. We recommend Hybrid Solutions Leather Care leather conditioner and cleaner for leather upholstery. This will keep leather interiors soft and protected. These products are more expensive than household cleaners but they will save you money and time in the long-term.
Start With the Best Products
Cloth upholstery is durable and can withstand a lot of abuse. However, you want to make sure it lasts as long as possible. You can start by cleaning the whole area with an interior detailer such as Oxy Interior 1. Next, use a soft cotton cloth to wipe it down. It will be easier to see the dirt and stains that you have removed from your upholstery if you use a white cloth. You can do this with all of your upholstery. Focus on one section at the time, and switch to a new cloth as necessary.
It’ll be easier after a thorough cleaning to find any heavy stains or soils. To remove upholstery cleaner. Spot cleaning can cause a visible ring effect. To achieve a uniform finish, apply your stain remover to the entire seat. To remove any liquid-to-powder surfactants, let your upholstery dry.
Gently Crub the Stitching
You should give your upholstery a thorough clean. Dirt and dirt can settle into the stitching, making it more difficult to clean. After your light-duty cleaning is complete, spray your upholstery with your detailing product. Next, use a soft-bristle toothbrush and scrub the stitches gently to remove any soils and stains. This extra step will give your upholstery a showroom-quality look.
Do it often
Many car owners wait until their upholstery starts to look worse before they take care of it. Your upholstery will need to be restored with more effort, time and money. To maintain a fresh and new look in your car’s interior, it is advisable to clean your upholstery at the very least once a season.
If you have few passengers, it’s a good idea to check the upholstery in both your front and back seats. If the front seats are stained or discolored, it is time to get your detailing spray to do a quick cleaning.
We recommend that leather upholstery be cleaned and conditioned at least once per month. This will protect the leather from sun damage and cracking. Many leather products, such as Hybrid Solutions Leather Care are infused with UV inhibitors that prevent your leather from drying out.
The bottom line: Be proactive. Clean car upholstery not only improves your driving experience but also maintains its resale values. These DIY tips make it easy to do it yourself.