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  • Writer's pictureSinar Saredah

How to clean cloth car seats ? (Beginners Guide)

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key takeaways:

  • Step by step guide

  • More tips for longevity


Step-by-step guide


Step 1: Vacuum the Seats

Begin by removing any loose dirt and debris from your seats. Use a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment to avoid damaging the fabric. Make sure to vacuum the seams and crevices where dirt can easily get trapped.


Step 2: Check for Fabric Care Labels

Before applying any cleaning solution, check your car’s manual or the labels on the cloth car seats for any specific cleaning instructions or warnings. This step is crucial to avoid using products that could potentially damage the fabric.


Step 3: Spot Clean Stains

Identify any specific stains and spot clean them using a suitable stain remover. Apply the stain remover to a microfiber cloth rather than directly onto the fabric to prevent saturation and potential watermarks. Gently dab the stains without rubbing too hard, as this could work the stain deeper into the fabric.


Step 4: Prepare a Cleaning Solution

If your seats are generally dirty or if you have multiple stains, prepare a cleaning solution. Mix warm water with a small amount of mild detergent or a specialized upholstery cleaner. For a natural alternative, you can use a mixture of vinegar and water (a 50/50 ratio) with a few drops of dish soap.


Step 5: Apply the Cleaning Solution

Dip a soft brush into your cleaning solution and lightly scrub the seats in a circular motion. Do not oversaturate the fabric; a damp brush will suffice. Focus on one section at a time, ensuring even cleaning throughout the seat.


Step 6: Wipe Down and Rinse

After scrubbing, take a clean, damp cloth and wipe down the seats to remove any soap residue. Make sure to rinse your cloth frequently to avoid reapplying dirt and soap onto the fabric.


Step 7: Dry the Seats

Open the doors or windows of the car to allow air circulation and speed up the drying process. You can also use a portable fan to help dry the seats quicker. Avoid using heat like a hairdryer as it can damage the fabric.


Step 8: Apply a Fabric Protector (Optional)

Once the seats are completely dry, consider applying a fabric protector. This will help repel stains and make future cleaning easier. Make sure the product is suitable for use on vehicle upholstery before application.



Tips for Maintaining Clean Cloth Car Seats:

  • Regularly vacuum the seats to prevent dirt buildup.

  • Treat spills and stains immediately to prevent them from setting.

  • Keep a microfiber cloth and a small spray bottle of your cleaning solution in the car for quick touch-ups.

  • Avoid eating and drinking in the car as much as possible to minimize spills.

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