How To Get Your Car’s Fabric Seats Clean

Fabric seats are comfortable, resistant to extreme hot and cold transfer, and very kid-friendly. Unfortunately, fabric seats can also attract a lot of spills, stains, and smells. Hair and crumbs are especially clingy, and your fabric seats can begin looking dingy and gross in a hurry. The good news is that getting your car’s fabric seats clean is fairly easy, and doesn’t always cost a price trip through a full-service car wash.

How To Get Your Car’s Fabric Seats Clean

Assemble the necessary items, pick a sunny and warm day (if possible), and get ready to get your fabric seats clean and fresh again! Here is 5 tips on how to clean fabric seats

  1. Empty & Vacuum. The first step is to remove all trash and large debris from your car. Then get in there with a vacuum! You can use a big vacuum, tiny attachments to get into nooks and crannies, or even use free or paid vacuums at a car wash or gas station.

  2. Mix Cleaning Solution. You can use pricey car cleaners, but you can also make your own with kitchen staples. Mix 2 tablespoons of dish soap, 2 tablespoons of baking soda, and 2 cups of hot water in a large bowl. Then pull out a cleaning brush (the scrubbing kind with a handle works best) and a clean, dry towel or washcloth.

  3. Scrub. Dip the brush in the cleaning solution, then begin working on the seats in a circular motion. Start at the top and work your way down. You don’t want to soak the fabric seats – you want to just get the surface damp enough to lift stains. Be sure to scrub clean areas as well, because the scrubber brush will help lift pilling and hairs that are difficult to see.

  4. Dry. Go over each seat, buffing with a clean, dry towel or washcloth. Take note of any lingering stains that might need a second scrubbing. Opening windows can help with air-drying as well. Check for any wearing of your fabric or other issues once the seats are dry and clean.

  5. Freshen Up. Use a fabric spray to freshen up the fabric seats – not only do they provide a yummy new smell, but they also condition the fabric to keep it soft. Fabric sprays can also help your fabric resist clinging and pilling. Keep one in your trunk or under your seat for a quick refresh when you feel your car is starting to smell musty or stale.

After a rough holiday and winter season, your car will thank you for refreshing its fabric seats!



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