Cleaning Stains Off of Car Seats

May 18th, 2013 by

Cleaning Car SeatsThe first spill in a car is always the worst. For me, it’s typically the dreadful moment that my car goes from “new” to “well worn” status. Here are a few essential tips when dealing with spills and stains. By keeping your car looking as new as possible you’ll keep its resale value high. Remember you can always schedule a service appointment at Middletown Honda for detailing work.

Tips for Cleaning Spills

  • Clean up a spill as soon possible: the longer you let a spill sit, the more time it has to sink into fabric and dry.
  • Don’t scrub, blot: if you use a vigorous scrubbing motion, you’re only working the stain deeper into the fabric. Use a gentle blotting motion instead, allowing you to pull up the spill without pushing it in.
  • Buy a special upholstery detergent:  there are cleaners built especially for car seats and are great at getting up stains.
  • Use a simple vinegar solution: Consisting of two parts water, one part white vinegar, and a squirt of dish soap, this solution is great for getting up a wide range of stains, including stains from vomit and blood.

Tips to Avoid Stains

  • Make your car a “no food or drink” zone: while stains can come from other areas, this is one of the best ways to make sure accidents will happen much less often. This can be a difficult rule to enforce, especially if you have children. Then again, children are one of the main reasons that stains occur, so be firm.
  • Get seat covers: if you’re really concerned about your vehicle’s upholstery, get a set of seat covers. If a spill occurs, be sure to remove the seat cover and clean it, making sure that the stain doesn’t seep through to the seat. Seat covers are an especially good idea if you have pets. It makes cleaning up hair much, much easier.
  • Get some floor mats: a lot of us don’t think about our vehicle’s carpet when we think of stains and messes. A set of floor mats will help to protect the carpet and keep you from having to spend a lot of time scrubbing it. Also consider heavy duty, all-weather mats if you pull a lot of mud and water into your car.