Step By Step Guide To Cleaning Your Car’s Upholstery
Cleaning the car’s upholstery does not have to become a nightmare if you know what you’re up against. There are thousands of products on the market that ensure that your car seats are impeccable, although it is advisable to know how to use each one and which of them is the best for each type of stain. In addition, there is always some homemade practice that will allow you to save a few euros. Needless to say, if we are talking about ‘premium’ cars with leather upholstery, it is best not to gamble and scratch your pocket.
They are the most economical solutions but they can carry a risk if they are not done with care. Keep in mind that the liquids used should be left on top of the stain to act and we should not rub, but dry gently with a dry cloth. In addition, it will be important to always have wipes or liquid soap on hand to prevent stains from drying out, as in this case, they will be more difficult to remove.
Chewing gum: when traveling with children it is very likely that we will end up with some candy stuck to the upholstery. The worst thing is the chewing gum that we will have to harden them with an ice and, with care, remove them with a spatula.
Vomiting: we will use soap and water as soon as possible to remove the stain and, in this case, if it will be necessary to rub. Sometimes, we will have no choice but to take the car to a site specialized in cleaning interiors, as we can damage the upholstery when rubbing and the unpleasant smell is not always totally eliminated.
Ink: mix alcohol and water in equal parts in a container and apply on the stain.
Coffee: with cold water and glass cleaner you can end up with this very common dirt in the cars we use to go to work.
Fat: a mixture of water with a little degreaser can be the solution for these spots.
Chocolate: with liquid soap and a wet cloth we should be able to eliminate this type of stains.
Makeup: we will use the detergent we bought for the washing machine or even liquid make-up remover, the latter carefully and applying a little at the beginning in case the reaction it produces could be corrosive.
There are many cleaners on the market, including some specific for each type of stain. You can find them at gas stations, in stores specializing in vehicle repair and in large areas that have a section dedicated to the automotive world.
The dry foam is the most widespread product and is as close to ‘spot removers’ used for clothing. Dirt like the one that leaves the blood can be removed without too much trouble by applying this product, leaving it to dry and then removing it with a dry cloth.
For leather upholstery it is advisable to apply a special nourishing cream for this material from time to time and, above all, to use specialized products to eliminate stains on its surface. They are products that are usually expensive and that we may only use once or twice, but they ensure that the upholstery will not be damaged.