There can be stains on your car upholstery due to many reasons. Here’s an article detailing different, practical ways on how to get stains out of car seats!
Although most people don’t have a problem with the interior of their car as long as the exterior is shining bright, it bodes well to pay attention to the part of the car that you inhabit while you drive around anywhere. On the other hand, if you’re a detail-oriented germaphobe, or you just like to keep everything spick and span, detailed below are some effective ways to get your car upholstery absolutely stainless.
How To Get Stains Out Of Car Seats
1. Spot Cleaning
A quick note about using stain removers – you need to make sure they are compatible with the upholstery before you go about spreading that stuff all over it. Given that, spot test an out-of-sight area of your interior with a little bit of the stain remover and let it soak in. If you find that it has adverse effects on your covers, try another brand.
2. Ink Stains
Ink stains can spread out, so you need to be careful with them. In this situation, you could use a little bit of hairspray or rubbing alcohol in a water mix to prevent it from spreading. Spray the mix on the stain and blot with a damp, clean rag. If the stains are on leather, you need to pretreat the leather with a leather conditioner. Let it sit for about 30 seconds and wipe off with a clean cloth.
3. Coffee Stains
Coffee spills on the way to work? Clean them quickly and effectively! Dilute the coffee with some cold water, and blot the surface stain away with a paper towel. Always blot, never scrub the stains as it may push the stain further into your upholstery. Finally, apply some glass cleaner and let it sit for about 5 minutes. This should eliminate most of the stain. Consequently, if the stain is still visible, scrub the stain with some dishwashing liquid and rinse the affected area with warm water. Blot with paper towels and dry with a hairdryer on low heat.
4. Greasy Spots
It’s not a good idea to eat food in your car. However, there are times when that happens, and there are times when that leaves horrible stains on your upholstery. There are bound to be some greasy stains left from oil spills. Food grease that you didn’t notice at first but is now an eyesore. Fret not, there is a solution for that. Simply use a watered-down paint thinner mix and a cotton cloth to dab the stain away! You should use a mixture of equal parts paint thinner and water for this, which you rub onto the stain using a soft cotton cloth. Sprinkle the stain with some salt and let it sit overnight.
5. Vomit Stains
People get carsick or have upset stomachs while traveling. Then again, some people might also suffer from impulse vomiting. Without delay, these stains should be cleaned up. Gross, as it might be, cleaning them up earlier rather than later, might prevent a nasty stain from forming. Wipe up the excess vomit and dilute the affected area with cold water. Further, wash the stain with mild soap and warm water. Finally, neutralize the stain with some club soda (or a paste of baking soda and water) and blot the stain with a cloth. This helps mask the vomit smell too.
6. Blood Stains
If you’ve had to transfer an injured person to the hospital in your car, you know how pesky these stains can be. Bloodstains can be tough to remove. Contrary to popular belief, using warm water or soap on the stain will just help it set further in. Soak a microfiber cloth in cold water and blot it on the bloodstain. Rinse the cloth in some cold water and repeat the procedure until the stain lifts.
You can clean out your car of particular stains or give it a comprehensive cleanup using a commercial upholstery cleaner, or a homemade, natural, non-caustic cleaner. To make this, grate a big bar of soap until you have about 75 grams of grated soap. Add 30 grams of borax and the grated soap in a small bucket. Gently pour in two cups of boiling water (and, optionally, any essential oil of your choice) and whisk the mixture until it is foamy. Brush the foamy mixture onto your upholstery with a soft brush. Then, rinse the area with warm water using clean rags. Frequently rinsing the rag, work your way from one area to the next. Rinse and clean each area thoroughly before moving on to the next area.
\We hope this article on how to get stains out of car seats helped you to make your car upholstery stain-free! If you’ve home remedies concerning the same, share your experiences in the comments below!