Cleaning Car Upholstery

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated March 30, 2012)

It seems to be a part of life that everyone will have to clean the upholstery in their car several times throughout the time that they own it. While cleaning car upholstery can be a time consuming effort, it doesn't need to be that way. Simply keep in mind these guidelines, and you will be amazed at how quickly and easily you are getting your upholstery cleaned.

  • Clean as you go. The easiest way to begin cleaning car upholstery is to not have much of mess at all. You can accomplish this by simply cleaning your car as you go. Remove any and all items that could potentially leave a stain, or make the car interior look dirty, and the vast majority of your work will be done before you even really start.
  • Remove everything. When you are ready to do some deep cleaning of your car upholstery, the very first thing that you need to do is remove everything. By basically removing anything and everything that does not belong in the car. This will give you an unobstructed and clear access to every inch of your car, and make the cleaning job a whole lot easier.
  • Vacuum. Get a handheld vacuum, or use the upholstery attachment to your regular vacuum, and begin running it over the inside of your car. This should remove most of the dirt and debris that you come across. However, you may need to switch the upholstery attachment for the crevice tool to get everything out.
  • Identify the stain. If you come across any stains on your upholstery, try to identify it before you begin any attempts to remove it. In addition to identifying the stain, you need to take the time to identify the upholstery material as well. Each stain, and each material will require different cleaning methods to deal with. For example, if you have leather upholstery then you can remove most stains that you may come across simply with the help of some leather cleaner and conditioner.
  • Take your time. The biggest problem that most people run into when cleaning car upholstery is that they rush the job. While you may be able to do a decent job of getting upholstery clean when rushing, you won't be able to get it looking its best if you do. Do not be afraid to take some time, and to make more than one pass over interior of the car to ensure that you get the job done right.
  • Don't be afraid to seek professional help. If you come across something that you don't know how to handle, don't be afraid to turn to a professional. This will ensure that you not only get the car upholstery clean and spot free, but that the work is usually guaranteed as well.

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Lee Wyatt

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