Cleaning Car Upholstery

by Karen Bates
(last updated November 14, 2016)

Even though you might go to great lengths to avoid spills and messes on your car's seats, sometimes accidents happen. In a moving car, just about anything is subject to spilling if you aren't extremely careful. Although some messes are far worse than others to clean up, you need to know the right way to deal with spills to have the best results.

The best cleaning method for your car's upholstery is constant maintenance. This means you need to keep on top of messes before they develop into big problems that take a long time to clean. Spend a little time each week picking up wrappers, crumbs, and other garbage from the car to keep it from piling up. Dust the interior of the car often as well to stop a dirty build-up from forming.

Use a vacuum cleaner with brush attachments to deep clean your car's interior. Pick up dirt, dust, and crumbs that might be stuck in cracks in the car seats. The attachment makes this task much easier, although you can use other methods like picking it up with your fingers or using a broom to brush the mess away. You can also use the vacuum to clean up the floor and suck up dust from the dashboard area.

If a spill does occur on your car's upholstery, be ready with the proper cleaning tools to take care of the problem right away. Use an upholstery-cleaning spray on the spot, then use a rag or paper towels to blot it up. Hopefully this will be enough to tackle a surprise mess before it turns into a permanent stain. If not, you can have a professional detailer clean the car's interior for you.

If you are worried about spots showing up on the upholstery in your car, one thing you can do is take measures to prevent the problem from occurring in the first place. For instance, there are many seat covers available for you to protect your seats while getting to customize your car's interior at the same time. Some covers come in waterproof varieties to repel liquid stains.

Keep your car upholstery clean by regularly cleaning up spills and vacuuming on a regular basis. Remember to replace the car's air filter when needed to help keep things clean—a dirty filter can allow dirt, dust, and allergens into the car's interior where it can settle on surfaces and caused respiratory problems.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

MORE FROM KAREN

Cleaning Wood Paneled Refrigerators

With wood paneling, a refrigerator can blend in to the rest of the kitchen. When cleaning the surface of this appliance, use ...

Discover More

Kitchen Cleaning Supplies

The areas of your home have different cleaning needs. Have the right supplies to get cleaning jobs done in your kitchen.

Discover More

Computer Screen Cleaning

Have you noticed how dirty and dusty your computer screen can get? Clean it carefully to leave the screen clear and free of ...

Discover More

Tough Tools for Tough Cleaning Jobs O-Cel-O sponges and Scotch Brite scrubbers are truly a fashion-meets-function success story. The highly absorbent and durable sponges in this handy six-pack make quick work of tough cleaning problems in any kitchen, bathroom, or garage. Check out Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scrub Sponges today!

More Cleaning Tips

Car Cleaning Products

When it comes to cleaning your car, you need to have the right items available. Get ready to wash your car by getting ...

Discover More

Cleaning Car Seats without Water

For whatever reason, there may be a time when you need to clean a car seat without the aid of any water. While it may make ...

Discover More

Cleaning Vinyl Car Tops

Vinyl car tops can look great and can really add to the "cool" factor of a car, but you need to make sure that you keep the ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 6 + 0?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.