How To Clean Vehicle Seating?

Vehicle interior goes through a lot of wear and tear. Therefore, knowing how to clean your upholstery is a priority. You will mostly stick to vacuuming the seats but that may not be sufficient for long term use. You will eventually have to give it a thorough cleaning. If you decide to do a thorough cleaning, you need to look at the different materials you find in the interior. You have to look at the basic materials and surfaces you find in your car such as carpeting, leather and faux leather, vinyl and rubber, fabric and plastic lined interiors.

You have to consider the state of the interior of your vehicle to think up a plan of cleaning it. You may not need heavy duty cleaning methods if it’s not excessively dirty. If you’re cleaning it after light or medium use, you can avoid some of the heavy methods such as high pressure water systems, hot water carpet extractors and other complicated methods that involve specialized cleaning solutions. Some seats may fare worse than others. For example, a rear facing seat used for a toddler may see a lot of stains and spills.

As discussed earlier, there are many surfaces and materials when it comes to passenger seating. In this article, we will be sticking to the basic maintenance of fabric and leather seating as it is the most used. Interior maintenance can vary depending on how much use the vehicle goes through. For example, comfortable motorhome seats will see a lot of use and they will have to be cleaned frequently. While you may get bogged down with the multitude of material choices and cleaning solutions for each, it should be noted that you can easily use an all-purpose cleaner that will work with most material.

Now we will start with the maintenance for fabric vehicle seats. One thing you should remember is that you should test a small area of the car upholstery with the cleaning product you’re planning to use. This will help you avoid any damage that may be caused. You can start by vacuuming the seats with your household vacuum cleaner or a small hand held vacuum. This will take care of the debris littering up the interior. Keep two buckets, one filled with hot water and another filled with cold water. Add a bit of laundry detergent to the hot water bucket. This will serve as the car upholstery cleaner. Soak a sponge in this solution and clean each seat. Make sure you scrub thoroughly. When the seats look clean, soak a towel in the cold water bucket and wipe off the excess soap and dirt from the seat. You can repeat this process to get a better effect.

When it comes to leather seating, you will need a professional or a leather car upholstery cleaner. You can clean them with a vacuum as mentioned above. Read the packaging on the cleaning product and apply as necessary. Make sure you don’t over use it. Then wipe down the seats carefully with a moist chamois. You should remove the cleaning agent completely and let the seats dry naturally.

— October 17, 2016

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