The upholstery of your car is one of the most critical aspects, as they serve multiple purposes. No one wants to sit in a dirty car seat, but they are subject to wear and tear over time. This often leads to unsightly stains on the upholstery. It’s not easy to get things cleaned professionally, but here are some tips that might help you clean the seats at home.
How to clean leather car seats?
There are several methods to clean a car’s leather seats. Some of them are discussed below:
1. With Brush & Towel
Clean leather seat covers with a brush made especially for leather products or a towel wrapped around an old toothbrush. As you scrub, work in small sections at a time. The moisture helps dissolve stains on contact rather than soaking into the leather fibers.
2. With Warm Water and Vinegar
Mix equal parts warm water and white vinegar together, then apply this mixture to the leather surface with a soft cloth.
3. With Clean Water and Towel
Rinse the area with clean water and pat it dry with a towel. Allow the seat to air dry completely before using it, as wet seats can damage leather upholstery.
4. Distilled Vinegar and Warm Water
Mix one part of distilled vinegar and two parts of warm water in a large shallow bowl or container. Dip a soft-bristled brush into the solution and scrub areas of mildew or other stains on your car seat. Rinse off all soap residue and blot away excess moisture with a clean towel before drying your car seat thoroughly.
5. Hydrogen Peroxide
Use 3 percent hydrogen peroxide available at any drugstore and mix it according to the label instructions for cleaning ink or blood spots from fabric or carpet. One tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide in two cups of water is usually enough to clean light stains on most car seats.
6. Liquid Dishwashing Detergent and Warm Water
Create a cleaning solution by mixing one ounce of liquid dish-washing detergent with 2 ounces of warm water, then pour this solution onto the car seat and use a soft brush to scrub out tough grime or dirt buildup. Rinse off all soapy residue before trying to dry your leather car seat.
7. Laundry Detergent, Vinegar, and Warm Water
Combine equal parts laundry detergent with white vinegar and warm water in a spray bottle, then mist it over stubborn stains on your leather car seat. Let the solution sit for five minutes before using a soft bristle brush or a cloth to rub away dirt and grime from your upholstery. Rinse off all soap residue with water before drying your leather car seat.
8. Laundry Detergent and Vinegar
Combine two tablespoons of liquid laundry detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar in a cup, add three cups of warm water and mix the ingredients well. Soak a sponge in this solution and wring it dry, then use it to wipe dirt from your car upholstery.
9. Isopropyl Alcohol
Use isopropyl alcohol to clean ink or blood stains on your car’s upholstery, as these types of cleaners will not stain or damage leather seats. Dip a cotton swab into some isopropyl alcohol and gently rub it over the affected area until the stain lifts away from the material. If necessary, dilute some isopropyl alcohol between 70
How to clean car seats – Cloth Seats
The step-by-step procedure of cleaning cloth car seats is given below:
- Fill a bucket with warm water and add the cleaner to it.
- Mix well so that all cleaner is wholly dissolved in the water.
- Dip a sponge or washcloth into the mixture until it’s fully saturated.
- Scrub the dirtier parts of your seat’s surface first.
- Apply gentle pressure with the cloth to remove stains and stubborn spots of grime. Don’t press too hard, or you could damage the material.
- If the cloth is sliding over a spot that resists getting clean, apply extra pressure to that area until it comes loose.
- Wring out any excess liquid so that your cloth doesn’t drip too much on your seat, but don’t leave it so dry that there isn’t enough solution to pick up dirt or grime from your car seat’s surface.
- If you need more than one cloth to clean both seats, repeat this step as many times as necessary, using a rag for each piece of upholstery you need to clean.
- Wipe off all cleaner residue and let the seat air-dry.
- If any areas still need further cleaning, repeat the step as necessary. When finished, replace headrests if essential and enjoy your newly cleaned upholstery!
- If you don’t like putting down towels on seats, try this: remove the headrests from your seats. Between the cushions and where they attach to your seat, there will be a gap that can hold a lot of water until it evaporates. Fold some paper towels in half and put them between the cushions and the back of each seat (the side without armrests). You can use one towel for both seats or shove two pieces together, so they fit the width of your seats.
- After use, ball up the towels and stuff them into a plastic bag for disposal.
Do not use this type of product on leather seats or seats without removable cushions (such as vehicle floorboards). Leather tends to be dryer than fabric.