How to clean dirty car seats

Between commuting to work, running errands, and driving to various other events, it is not uncommon for you to spend a good deal of time in your car. Because of this, you'll probably find it necessary to clean your car from time to time. Car seats are among the items that take a good deal of wear and tear and should be cleaned regularly. Different types of upholstery require different cleaning products and methods. It is important to know how to properly clean your car seats or you might end up ruining them.

Cleaning cloth seats

Vacuum your car seats thoroughly. Remove all loose debris from the surface of the seats with a soft bristle attachment. Use a crevice tool to get down into the cracks and folds of the seats.

Spray a coating of foam upholstery cleaner for cloth interior on your car seats. Use a damp sponge to wipe the seats clean. Clean up soap residue with a soft cloth.

Let the upholstery of your car seats air dry. When the upholstery is dry, vacuum it again to restore the nap of the fabric.

Spray a stain protector on the car seats to protect them. This will also make cleaning your car seats easier in the future.

Leather car seats

Vacuum the surface of your leather car seats with a soft bristle attachment. Use the crevice tool to remove debris from the cracks and folds of the seats.

Apply leather cleaner directly to a soft wash cloth. Wipe the dirty sections and spots of upholstery until they are clean.

Agitate tougher stains with a soft bristle scrub brush. Do not scrub the leather--just agitate the stain enough to loosen the debris and oils. Blot the loosened stain and cleaner away from leather with a clean cloth.

Vacuum leather upholstery again to remove any debris that has been loosened. Apply leather conditioner/protector with a soft cloth.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Upholstery cleaner
  • Sponge
  • Soft cloth
  • Scrub brush
  • Upholstery conditioner (leather seats only)
  • Stain repellent (cloth seats)
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Hillary Marshall has been writing professionally since 2006. Before writing instructional articles online, she worked as a copywriter and has been published in "Ideal Living" "Sass" "Science Edge" and "Shopping Cents" magazines along with countless websites including Gadling a blog by the Huffington post. Marshall studied early childhood education at the Stratford Career Institute.