How to clean car seats
Knowing how to clean car seats can save you a fortune on valeting services or greatly increase the value of your car when you come to sell it. The following ‘how to’ details how to clean cloth car seats as leather or pleather seats can be cleaned simply with a wet sponge.
1- Vacuum all surfaces of the seats to remove any loose dirt and debris. The attachments are helpful for reaching tight crevices.
2- Identify any stained areas that will require extra cleaning as well as any areas that may show signs of damage (holes, thin fabric, etc.). Weak areas should be cleaned with caution.
3- Apply upholstery cleaner to the surface of the seat working in small sections at a time.
4- Rub the cleaner into the fabric with a stiff brush. You may need to scrub harder for tougher stained areas.
5- For stains that do not come clean with the upholstery cleaner, use a spot remover. Rub it into the fabric with a stiff brush.
6- Wipe any excess cleaner away with a clean soft cloth.
7- Check the label of the cleaner as it may need rinsing post use. If you do need to rinse it, spray water over the area a little at a time and then remove it with with a wet vac or a dry cloth straight away.
8- Allow the seats to dry completely keeping the windows down.
It’s best to clean car seats on a dry day as allowing water to sit on seat fabric may result in mould and mildew.