How to Get Stains Out of Car Seats

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How to Get Stains Out of Car Seats

How to Get Stains Out of Car Seats

If you are a driver, you will notice how much time you spend in the car. Being in a hurry sometimes may result in spilled coffee or cola.

Because you and many other people like you spend hours in their car daily, you should care about the hygiene inside the vehicle and clean the mess you made while you were rushing.

Here are some cleaning tips on how to get stains out of car seats. You are not going to need special detergents. Everything can be easily found around the household.

How to Get Stains Out of Car Seats

Cleaning Hacks: How to Get Stains Out of Car Seats

Before beginning with the supplies, you should know that you can not clean cloth seats and leather seats with the same detergents or tools. Leather seats should be gently cleaned, and you should not use brushes or tools that will damage the surface.

We will make a separate section for both leather and cloth car seats, so ensure you read the entire article correctly before getting the supplies and starting the cleaning. In both cases, you should begin with pre-cleaning. It requires vacuuming the seats to remove all the traces, food, loose dirt, etc.

Cloth car seats

If taking the car to a deep cleaning service is not the option at the moment, you can try and do it yourself at home, using simple and easy-to-find tools and supplies.

What you need:

  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Warm water
  • Laundry detergent
  • Soft cleaning brushes
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Steam cleaner (if you possibly have it at home)

Baking soda

Baking soda is an effective supply for cleaning and removing stains from clothes. It neutralizes the smell and removes stains quickly, plus it is super inexpensive.

Make a paste mixture from baking soda and warm water. Add water carefully and ensure that the mixture has a thick paste texture. You can use an old toothbrush or cleaning brush with soft hair and add the mixture to the stain. Gentle rub it until the mixture gets on and inside the cloth.

Make circular movements with the brush and ensure you cover all the stained areas on the seat. Clean the paste with a warm wet cloth.

For more complex stains, you should let the mixture stay for 15 to 20 minutes before wiping it with a wet cloth.

Related: How to Clean Cloth Car Seats

Vinegar mixture

Vinegar is also an excellent cleaning supply that you can find in your kitchen. It has positive bacteria and neutralizes the smell. Vinegar can be a more powerful and inexpensive solution for cleaning car seat stains than any other special car cleaner.

For the mixture, you are going to need a cup of vinegar, a bucket of warm water, and a few drops of dish soap. The dish soap removes oily stains and gives the mixture a fresh smell.

Apply the mixture to the stain and let it absorb in the fabric. Use a cloth or soft cleaning brush and scrub the stained area. The dish soap will make a little foam, and you will see how the stains disappear.

Use a wet cloth to remove the soap and an absorbable towel to remove the moisture from the seat.

Laundry detergent

This is a standard cleaner that removes cloth stains, which can help you remove car seat stains, too. You can use powdered detergent or liquid one. It does not make a huge change.

Get a bucket of warm water and add some detergent. Mix the solution and add some of it to the stain. Use a cloth or soft cleaning brush to scrub the stained area. Use a wet towel to wipe the soap and any remaining residue from the car seat.

This option leaves a pleasant smell in the car and cleans stains effectively. It dries quickly. Just leave the windows open for a while.

Also read:How to Shampoo Car Seats

Steam cleaner

This is the best cleaning product, but not everyone has it at home. Steam cleaner allows the solution to get deep into the fabric, and later it vacuums the liquid, leaving clean and disinfection seats.

The high-temperature steam can remove even the most solid stains and kill all the bacteria on the seats. If you have a steam cleaner at home, you do not need to scrub the seats with the previous solutions.

Leather car seats

Leather is more sensitive than cloth, and you should be highly careful what supplies and tools you use for cleaning the leather seats. Check these tips to find out how to get stains out of car seats with leather surfaces.

Read More: How To Clean Leather Car Seats

Cleaning Hacks: How to Get Stains Out of Car Seats

Rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover

Use a cotton ball dipped into rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover. They both work the same. Rub gently until the stain fades away. Do not put too much pressure because you can damage the surface and rip the seats.

After removing the stain with the alcohol, wipe the seat surface with a wet microfiber towel.

Non-gel toothpaste

Some lighter stains can be removed with non-gel toothpaste (the white one that is not transparent). Add some paste to the stain and gently rub with a toothbrush. Wipe the area with a wet cloth after rubbing.

Lemon juice and cream of tartar mixture

Make a mixture of tartar cream and lemon juice. You should get a thick paste mixture. Add the paste to the stain and leave it for 20 to 30 minutes. Wipe the paste with a wet cloth after.

This mixture has a bleaching effect and is suitable for light leather. Do not practice this tip for black or dark seat leather surfaces.

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Vinegar solution

Vinegar solution works for everything!

It is excellent and protective, even for leather. You should add a cup of vinegar to a bucket of warm water. Drop a few drops of dish soap into the mixture to boost the cleaning effect and give the solution a pleasant smell.

Dip a towel into the solution or add the solution directly to the stain. Do not put too much liquid because it will get deeper in the seat and can be hard to dry.

Carefully rub the stained area on the seat without putting too much effort.

Clean the area with a wet microfiber towel and open the windows to dry the seats.

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