How do I clean stains on car seats

Clean car seats

Did you leak water or cola? Has someone spilled the coffee or accidentally got ketchup on the seat? Stains on the car seat are annoying and don't look pretty at all. The cleaning of the car seat depends first of all on the cover of the car upholstery. Leather seats require different cleaning agents than fabric car upholstery. No matter whether water stains, grease stains or other soiling - there are numerous ways to remove stains with conventional home remedies. We'll also show you how to get rid of bad smells in the car seat, since nobody wants to sit in a smelly car.

Cleaning fabric car upholstery

Basically, before you start cleaning stained car seats, you should first vacuum them thoroughly. This prevents dust that is already on the upholstery from being worked into the car seats during subsequent cleaning. In addition, you should use little water so that the inside windows do not get damp or a musty smell arises in the car. Since chemical upholstery cleaners can often contain ingredients that are harmful to the environment and health, the following section mainly deals with natural home remedies that you may already have at home.

Cleaning car seats with shaving foam

An inexpensive home remedy for cleaning car upholstery is shaving cream. It is easy to apply and also smells pleasant and fresh. The foam removes all types of water and grease stains. After application, simply leave it on for 20-30 minutes and then wipe it off with a cloth.

Clean car seats with vinegar

Vinegar is readily available in most households. The all-rounder also helps with stains on the car seat. Simply put some vinegar in lukewarm water and use a sponge to drip and dab the vinegar water on the affected areas. Leave on for a few minutes and wipe with a damp cloth. The stain should be history.

Clean car seats with lemon juice

Lemon water can also be used to remove dirt and stains from car seats. The procedure is the same as for car preparation with vinegar. So if you do not like the smell of vinegar, for example, you can use a sponge to put some lemon water on the stained upholstery and wipe the area with a damp cloth after a short exposure time.

The miracle drug baking soda

With baking soda you can clean upholstery as well as neutralize unpleasant odors. Simply distribute the baking soda powder evenly on the car seat. Treat stains with a damp brush or moisten a sponge with hot water and work the baking soda into the fabric.

Remove stains from car seats with brake cleaner

When refueling or working on the car, it can happen that the car seat is soiled with lubricating oil. In this case, brake cleaner can save the upholstery. Simply spray on a dry cloth, wipe the stain and the seat should look like new again.

Clean car upholstery with fabric softener and dental cleaning sticks

Another way to get your car seats clean again is to clean them with denture cleaning rods. All you need is one or two tabs to clean your teeth (e.g. Kukident), some fabric softener and water. First, you dissolve the tabs in warm water and add a dash of fabric softener. The mixture is then rubbed into the dirty upholstery with a sponge. After a short exposure time, simply dry carefully with a dry cloth and the seats should be fresh and clean again.

Remove chewing gum from car seat with silicone remover

Chewing gum on your pants or on the car upholstery - both of which are annoying. However, the car seat cannot be put in the freezer as easily as the trousers. However, there is an alternative: loosen the chewing gum with silicone remover. The fabric does not fade and the chewing gum can be completely removed without any problems.

If you simply want to clean your car upholstery, like washing clothes in the washing machine, nothing stands in the way of treating the car seat with detergent and fabric softener. You simply take an empty spray bottle (e.g. empty glass cleaner) and fill it with distilled or warm water. Add a tablespoon of detergent and about a shot glass of fabric softener. Now you can spray the (stained) upholstery with it, rub the mixture a little with a cloth and let it dry. The car seats should be clean again and it smells very good thanks to the fabric softener.

Cleaning and maintaining leather seats in the car

Leather seats in the car require regular, gentle care so that the leather does not crack, become brittle or get scratched. For minor stains and soiling, a little water with washing-up liquid or soap and a dry cloth are often sufficient to clean the leather. Gentle leather care is necessary after cleaning. Even with leather car seats, you should first vacuum or brush them off thoroughly so that dirt and crumbs are removed from all cracks. In addition to leather care wipes and leather balm, there are some great home remedies with which leather seats can also be cleaned and cared for.

Maintain leather seats with Nivea Creme

Nivea Creme is an excellent means of caring for old car leather. Nivea Creme contains fats that nourish the leather. Either simply spread the cream over your hand and carefully apply cream to the seats, or dab it on with a soft sponge and wipe it off with a dry cloth after a short exposure time.

Clean and care for leather seats with colorless shoe polish

Stains from leather seats in the car can be removed with colorless shoe polish. It also makes the leather shiny and supple again.

Maintain leather seats with saddle grease

Attention horse owners: leather seats can be maintained with saddle grease. Simply apply a thin layer of saddle fat from equestrian sport to the seat with a cloth and rub it in carefully. Remove excess grease with the cloth.

Maintain leather seats with baby lotion

If the leather of the car seat is worn, matt or has wrinkles, you should try cleaning with baby lotion. Simply put the lotion on a sponge or cloth and grease the seats with it. The cream is quickly absorbed and leaves no residue.

Remove unpleasant odors from the car seat

Anyone who has a dog, smokes or quickly drops food on the seat has to deal with stains and unsavory smells in the car. Even with urine stink and vomit, there are useful home remedies that can get rid of the stink.

  • It is very easy and effective to use a bowl Coffee powder put in the car overnight to neutralize unpleasant odors.

  • Baking soda Not only removes stains, but also removes bad odors from the car seat. Simply sprinkle some baking soda on the seat, leave it on for four to five hours and then vacuum it off again with a vacuum cleaner.

  • vinegar also neutralizes stubborn odors in the car seat. Simply mix the vinegar with a little lukewarm water in a bowl and apply to the seats with a rag. The smell of smoke in the car can be reliably eliminated with vinegar. Alternatively, you can simply fill several small bowls with vinegar and place them in the car overnight. The vinegar smell, in turn, disappears after driving a short distance with the windows open.

  • Stains and unpleasant odors in the car seat can be removed by Detergent solution rub into the seat with a sponge (not too wet). Then dry with clear water and a terry towel.

Prevent stains and soiling on car seats

Never having a drink or something to eat in the car is difficult to achieve, especially when you have children. However, you can Put ceilings under or Protective covers attach to the seats. Neither look super nice, but prevents annoying stains and soiling on the seat. In addition, you are on the safe side if you always have cleaning or wet wipes on hand, so that you can act quickly if something goes wrong.

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