Anyone who spends a lot of time behind the wheel or frequently travels with small kids will inevitably have some wear and tear to their interior including stains on the upholstery. While avoiding stains and spills from the beginning is the best way to ensure that things stay looking their best, there is a lot that owners can do to remedy stubborn stains after they occur to keep their resale value high. Learn more about how to remove stains from cloth car upholstery below.
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How To Remove Stains From Your Car Upholstery For Better Resale Value
Cleaning Cloth Seats with Household Products
While a specific vehicle upholstery cleaner from your neighborhood auto parts store is a great tool to have in your arsenal, a variety of household products you likely have lying around already can also get the job done. Some of the best stain removers for cleaning spots and stains in clothing or on furniture can also pull double duty in your vehicle’s interior. We like to start with some basic cleaners like club soda, baking soda, vinegar, or dish soap and have seen many success stories that utilize a blend. Whichever product you opt for, we suggest spraying the solution on to tough stains and letting it sit for about 20 minutes. After it has had time to sit, use a scrub brush in circular motions to lift the stain away. Follow up with a damp cloth or a steam cleaner if you have one for the best results.
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*Always test any new solution in a small and hard to see area before spraying it over your full seats to test for any harmful or unsightly reactions!
Hire A Professional
If you have tried all of the tips above and you still aren’t having much success, it may be time to call in the pros. While a full vehicle detail can be a little pricey, especially when it’s an expense you aren’t used to paying, it can be worth it to keep your car in great condition or to prepare it for a sale.