Cleaning your car upholstery is one simple and easy way that help maintain the value of your car. Your car upholstery is the first thing that is seen when you and your passengers enter your car, so keeping your upholstery clean will make each car ride more pleasant.
Liquid Spills and Stains
Try to clean up liquid spills as soon as they happen. If liquid seeps deep into the upholstery of your car seats, then it may cause your fabric to emit unpleasant aromas. If you encounter stains on your upholstery, then you should consider purchasing car upholstery cleaner. Make sure that the car upholstery cleaner is made specifically for the type of fabric that your car seats are made of.
Read the instructions carefully and consider doing a small inconspicuous test area inside of your car to make sure that the cleaner does not have an adverse reaction with the fabric of the upholstery. If you are using rags or towels to clean and scrub your upholstery, then make sure that they are clean prior to using them on your car seats. Allow your car upholstery to dry completely before sitting on any seats or placing the car mats back in their places.
Prior to cleaning your upholstery, you should remove all the trash and debris in your by following the instructions below.
Crumbs, dirt, sand, etc...
Debris is often tracked into your car through your shoes and can make your car appear untidy if it is not tended to regularly. To pick up debris easily, you might consider getting a hand held vacuum cleaner that you can use to quickly and easily pick up dirt and other material. If you do not have a vacuum easily accessible, then consider stopping by a car wash that has vacuum hoses available to use.
Most of those do-it-yourself car washes will have high powered vacuum hoses available for use, usually costing anywhere from $0.75 to $1.00 for three minutes. Before vacuum your car upholstery, remove all the trash from your car, most of these car washes will have trash cans available for you to use. After discarding all of the trash in your car, take out your floor mats so that you can easily vacuum underneath them.
When vacuuming your car, use your vacuum hose to get into to the cracks of the seats where a lot debris often collects. Positioning your driver and passenger seats so that they are nearly horizontal will give you better access to the area in the sections of those seats to be vacuumed.
Vinyl and Leather Seats
If you have vinyl or leather seats, then fabric car upholstery cleaner will not work. With vinyl seats, you should search for vinyl seat cleaners which are found in most auto parts stores. These vinyl cleaners usually comes in a spray bottle and simply require you to spray onto your vinyl upholstery and wipe down with a clean cloth.
With a leather seats, you should use a leather cleaner and a clean cloth. A leather conditioner will help to keep your leather soft. In addition to wiping down and conditioning your leather car upholstery, you should consider investing in UV protectant because over time leather upholstery becomes vulnerable to sun spots and cracking if not cared for properly.
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