How to Protect Car Upholstery

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How to Protect Car Upholstery
It's easy to protect your car upholstery. (inside of car image by Christopher Nolan from

Stains and mildew on your car upholstery can make your car smell bad and look old. Most upholstery stains are the result of everyday spills and accidents. Applying protective agents to your car upholstery will help protect against future spills. You can bring your car to a car wash and have someone clean and apply protective agents to your car upholstery. However, this can be costly, and it's more economical to clean the car interior and apply the protective agents yourself.

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Things you need

  • Car vacuum
  • Upholstery cleaning spray
  • Upholstery protector spray
  • Sponge
  • Cloth

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    Remove all the floor mats and vacuum the carpet thoroughly. Vacuum the door upholstery, under the pedals and under the front and back seats to get rid of dust, dirt and other small debris. Use the correct vacuum attachments when vacuuming under the seats. Vacuum and clean the floor mats separately.

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    Spray a high quality upholstery cleaning agent (see "Resources") on your car seats, door upholstery and carpets to eliminate any stains and spills. Rub the cleaning solution into the seats, door upholstery and carpet with a sponge. Wipe them thoroughly with a clean, thick dry cloth.

  3. 3

    Spray a generous amount of vinyl, leather or fabric protector after your car seats, door upholstery and carpet have dried. You can purchase vinyl, leather or fabric protector at any automotive store. These products help make your car upholstery stain and water resistant.

  4. 4

    Clean and polish the plastic parts of your car such as the dashboard, central console and door handles after cleaning the car upholstery. Remove any stains with a moist cloth and small amount of detergent. Let dry and spray with plastic polish to prevent dust and dirt from accumulating.

Tips and warnings

  • Clean your car interior on a sunny day to prevent mildew and mould from developing on the car upholstery.

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