How to Clean Cloth Seats in Your Car


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Cleaning cloth seats of cars is a task that tends to pose a great deal of difficulty for many. This is due to the fact that irrespective of how many precautions you take, the seats are bound to get dirty. You cannot remove the fabric of the seats and neither can you take the whole seat out to wash them. For the purpose of cleaning the seats, the owner would need to have a specific soap with which he would have to scrub the seats down and lightly rinse them. However, it is easier said than done. Sometimes, people tend to use too much soap and have to face problems in getting it all out. At other times, they end up using too much water due to which the seat takes a long time to dry. It is quite important that you get it right, which is what we are going to explain to you now.

How to get the cleaning done

Cleaning the seats of your car is not something that you can ignore. It is an essential part of the maintenance of the car and thus, adequate attention has to be paid to it.
We are going to provide you with the method of cleaning the car effectively so that you do not have to face problems with the task in the future.

The first step is to vacuum the car. Before you proceed to clean the cloth seats, you should first get rid of all the dirt and debris from the car. It is advisable to use a high power vacuum that has a big nozzle so that even the larger chunks can be removed efficiently. The reason that you ought to vacuum the whole car is that if there are dust and dirt in the car, it can get settled on the seat when it is wet, making all your effort go in vain.

Now remove all the things present on the seat out of the car. Any loose accessories should be removed as well.

Get your hands on high-quality upholstery cleaner and apply it on the seats. Using other cleaners such as regular soap or carpet cleaners can be too concentrated for the car cloth and would not come out of the seat with ease. Your cleaning would be more efficient and in control if you deal with a certain section at a time. Washing too large an area at the same time would perhaps make you miss some portions.

While you are spraying, hold the can at a little distance from the seat so as to apply a light mist. Do not overdo it. If you put too much soap, it will take ages to come out of the seat and after the seat dries, there would be sticky residue left on it and dirt could get stuck to it. Once you have sprayed the cleaner, let it sit for some time.

Next, get your hands on a clean towel and moisten it. Do not soak it. Just a little dampness is all that is required. Rub the area on which the cleaner has been sprayed till the surface dirt is removed. Focus hard on the stains. If stains remain despite rubbing, you can use a soft bristled brush to scrub the fabric, which will ensure that the stain is removed. However, you would have to be rather gentle with this. Overdoing this could lead to a worn spot in the fabric being rubbed on.

Get another clean towel and moisten it. Go over the area again. This will remove any soap residue that was left behind. Lastly, get a dry towel and wipe it all over the seat. This will ensure that the seats are dried faster. Clean all the seats in this manner.

If you are troubled with the cleaning

If you are bothered by the whole cleaning process and are looking for ways that would ensure that your car seat cloth remains clean for a long time, you can make use of a protective coating. The coating seals the fiber and ensures that dirt does not accumulate on it.

Steven K. Galloway