How Do You Clean Car Upholstery?


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Begin cleaning your car upholstery by thoroughly vacuuming to remove loose dust and dirt. Next, remove stains and wipe the seats with a mixture of dish-washing liquid and water before applying conditioner.

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  1. Vacuum the upholstery

    Use a high-powered vacuum to thoroughly clean the car’s upholstery. Removing loose dust and dirt will make additional cleaning easier.

  2. Remove basic stains

    Mix white vinegar and dish detergent. Apply the mixture on the stains and let it sit for 30 minutes before brushing with an upholstery brush. Use an absorbent rag or towel to blot the upholstery dry.

  3. Remove grease stains

    Use a cotton rug to rub a small amount of paint thinner onto the stain. Test the paint thinner on a discrete area to ensure that it will not affect the color of the upholstery.

  4. Remove vomit stains

    Make a mixture of baking soda and water and rub onto the stain using a cotton rag. Club soda is also a good alternative for removing vomit stains.

  5. Wipe the upholstery

    Mix dish-washing liquid and water. Check for color-fastness in a hidden area because some dish-washing liquids leave stains. Wipe the seats using a soft, clean cloth.

  6. Apply conditioner

    Let the upholstery dry before applying conditioner using a soft, clean cloth. Test the conditioner on a small, hidden area before applying over the entire seat.

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