How to Clean Cloth Seats
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How To Clean Cloth Seats
Preserving That New Car Smell
Almost everyone loves that new car smell. It’s fresh and just invokes a feeling of newness. Understandably, car owners want to preserve that smell as long as they can. One method of doing this is to keep those cloth seats clean. This can be pretty difficult, especially if you have a family. From muddy shoes to spilled drinks, your cloth seats are likely going to see a lot of damage. Luckily, there are a few methods you can use to keep those seats clean.
- Vacuuming: Just like vacuuming keeps the floors of your home healthy and durable, so does vacuuming help with the cloth seats in your car. By taking a simple vacuum–be it handheld or an extension of your bigger vacuum–you can easily remove debris and crumbs that may be clinging to the seat’s surface. This is an especially important step for those who want to wash their seats, too, and should be performed first.
Since seats have seam lines, it isn’t unusual for crumbs to make their new home within them. By simply spreading the seams with your fingers, you can suck up the nasty debris with the vacuum and leave the seam lines as clean as the day they were installed. With all of the crumbs and debris removed, you can move onto the next step.
- Spray: Using a fabric or cloth cleaning solution, you should lightly spray along your seats. It is imperative that you do not use an all-purpose cleaner. These solutions might damage the cloth or cause it to leave spots behind. The solution should be sprayed over the area you wish to clean. Typically, four or five sprays may be needed depending on what kind of fabric solution you’re using. However, you should ensure that you don’t spray overmuch. Too much moisture can actually lead to mold or mildew growing in the area if it isn’t dried properly. That new car smell will quickly fade under the potent odor of mold.
- Brush: With the dirty area dampened with the fabric spray, you can then use an interior brush or towel to clean the area. Luckily, there are specific brushes available for cloth seats, so you can easily find the proper equipment to be used for the seats. In addition, you should stay away from the harsh brushes used for carpets. The fabric of carpets and seats are not the same and could cause the seat to be damaged. Carefully brush out the dirt or stain with the interior brush until the dirt is just laying on the surface or collected in the brush.
- Towel Away And Repeat: By using a microfiber towel, you should then massage the area and pick up the dirt. This should be done before the area dries and the dirt is left on the cloth seat. Otherwise, you’re just going to leave dirt behind anyway. These steps should be repeated until the area is clean. It doesn’t hurt to vacuum the area once more at the end to ensure that all of the dirt or stained particles have been removed.
Even then, there’s nothing like a good professional cleaning. Visit our trusted dealership to learn more.