Cleaning fabric car seats
The following household remedies and tools are suitable for cleaning fabric covers:
- laundry detergent
- shaving cream
In our how-to, Kai tests all three products for their effectiveness on different stains. These and other tips here in the video:
Video: cleaning car seats
Shaving foam and detergent against stains
Light soiling can be easily removed with shaving foam, detergent or other foam sprays. The same applies here: the fresher the stain, the better. If you use detergent, a mixture of 1 liter of water, 10 ml of liquid detergent (colored) and a splash of liquid soap is recommended.
- Apply over a medium area with a bust
- Leave on for ten minutes
- Wipe or brush off residues with a terry towel
Vinegar against odors
If unpleasant smells are a problem in addition to stains, vinegar is the product of choice. Dog, sweat or nicotine odors can be removed from fabric covers with vinegar water. In addition one Dilute with a few tablespoons of vinegar and water make, spray and rub in with a cloth. The smell of vinegar will vanish after a short time, and with it the unpleasant smell of animals or cigarettes. Dog owners are advised to use a simple lint roller or clothes brush against animal hair. Special odor removers can help if vinegar water does not help or could damage the color intensity of the covers.
Steam cleaner and vacuum cleaner for deep cleaning
Car seats are hygienically clean with the Vacuum cleaner. Together with water, the device applies cleaning agent to the affected areas and sucks everything back together with the dirt. Especially Grease stains, but also other dirt and odors can be removed with a vacuum cleaner.
One Steam cleaner is also suitable for cleaning stubborn stains. Because the hot one Water vapor softens the dirt and cleans the fabric Fiber-deep and sustainable from dirt particles – without any chemical additives.
A prerequisite for a steam cleaner is that it is color-insensitive seat cushions. With light-colored covers, for example, water stains can form.
Cleaning leather car seats
Budgetary resources are usually not enough to clean leather car seats. In the worst case, this can damage them. A promising and gentle treatment can only be guaranteed in combination with professional products from the specialist dealer. You will need the following utensils:
- Leather brush
- Leather care product / leather spray
- Dirt eraser
- Shoe polish (colorless)
- Cotton towels
- if necessary UV protective care
Step 1: Rough cleaning with the furniture brush
Step 2: Treat larger amounts of dirt with the dirt eraser, leather fluids or a mild detergent solution. Let dry well.
Step 3: Care and polishing: Work in a special care product or colorless shoe polish thinly with a soft cotton cloth and polish. A sun protection factor is recommended for convertibles.
The use of these cleaning agents and tools depends on the one hand on the type of leather and on the other hand on the degree of soiling. For the simple care of smooth leather, for example, all you need is a colorless, high-quality shoe polish.
Cleaning suede car seats
Suede and velor also require careful treatment and care, especially since they are even more sensitive than smooth leather. You will need the following utensils:
- Leather brush
- Suede care products
Even with high-quality equipment with suede and velor seats, the cleaning process begins with a rough treatment with a leather brush. As a result, the fabric is first roughened and thus more receptive to it Subsequent suede care products from the specialist dealer. When applying, it is essential to keep the recommended spray distance. Otherwise there is a risk of waterlogging and stains can form.
Special case: remove chewing gum
Chewing gum stuck to seat cushions can be removed with a simple home remedy. With conventional Ice spray Against bruises from the pharmacy, the chewing gum can be hardened to such an extent that it can then be scraped off. The remaining residues are sprayed in again and then removed with a fine brush.
Problem and solution at a glance:
|Type of pollution||medium|
|Small stains from drinks, food||Soapy water, shaving foam, vinegar water|
|Smells from smoke, animals, urine, sweat, vomit||Vinegar water|
|chewing gum||Icing spray|
|Stubborn grease marks and odors||Vacuum cleaners, steam cleaners, professional|
Have car seats professionally cleaned
If you get stuck with home remedies, it may be advisable to have the car reconditioned. Incidentally, minor damage can also be repaired at the same time, e.g. burn holes. Depending on the effort and the provider, from 100 euros to several hundred euros are due. If your workshop offers individual cleaning components, you can expect roughly these costs:
- Upholstery cleaning: approx. 20-25 euros per seat
- Odor / ozone treatment: from around 50 euros
- Leather cleaning: approx. 60 euros
- Leather care: approx. 25 euros