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How to Clean Car Seats Stains Effectively

Your car is probably one of your most prized or expensive assets in your life (cars are really expensive in my country). As such, a car with a dirty interior can be a nightmare for owners. It can be a pain to find a good working method to clean your car seat stains or finding a best upholstery stain remover. In this article, we explore some of the best ways to clean your car seats' stains without blowing a hole in your pocket.


How to Clean Car Seats with Baking Soda

Baking Soda (chemically known as sodium bicarbonate) is a miraculous and readily available item that has a plethora of uses, including pest control, cooking, in beauty routines, health and most importantly, cleaning. Baking soda can also be used as an effective car seat stain remover. Sometimes, it is used in combination with other compounds such as cleaning upholstery with baking soda and vinegar. Note: in some supermarkets they sell them as "baking soda" intended for cooking or packaged as a cleaning product known by it's scientific name. Getting either makes no difference and I would suggest getting the cheaper one.

I would recommend 3-4 teaspoons of baking soda dissolved into a liquid quart of water (1 litre in metric terms). For much tougher stains, simply use the baking soda directly on them with a wet sponge. You can also use a brush to remove the remnants after cleaning.

Baking Soda with White Vinegar is a potent cleaning solution for your car seat

Baking Soda with White Vinegar is a potent cleaning solution for your car seat

Removing Stains from Leather Car Seats

Leather beautiful but it is also one of the worse materials to get stains on as it can be difficult to remove them. Here are some tips to removing stains from leather car seats, how to prevent them and how to make your own homage car upholstery stain remover.

Among the 101 uses of toothpaste, one of them is to remove stains, especially on leather products. For removal of stains from leather, you will only need to apply a small amount of toothpaste on your car seat. Gently scrub the stain(s) in a circular manner for a few minutes. You can then wipe it off with a piece of wet cloth. The infinite uses of my favorite colgate toothpaste just goes on!

Homemade Leather Conditioner
If you are looking for one of the most cost effective ways on how to condition leather car seats naturally, a homemade leather conditioner is really an excellent method. What you will need for 50% white vinegar and 50% olive oil. You can make use of a spray bottle (or unwanted perfume bottles you have lying around). If you have castile soap, you can add in a little as well. Castile soap contains antibacterial properties which makes your dirty car seat look microscopically magnificent as well! Shake the bottle well and you are set.

How to Get Water Stains out of Cloth Car Seats

Water stains are the most common type of stains you will get in your car's interior. It can be from rain that accidentally got into the car or just water spills. Water stains are easily removed on leather seats but getting rid of them can be rather difficult on cloth car seats. One of the best ways is to make use of a retail product like the Dry Foam Upholstery Cleaner (which can also be used as a dry cleaner for your sofa). You can get other types of "dry foam" cleaners from your automotive stores. You should also clean your water stains as soon as possible, before they "set in" and cause permanent damage.

Usually, the earlier the cleaning starts, the easier the stain gets removed (this is especially true for stains caused by coffee, tea or other liquids/beverages). You will want to vacuum as much of the stain as you can. It may sound silly but vacuuming does help discoloring the water stain. Dab the water stain using water absorbent paper towels, clean rags, or even cotton shirts. Do not rub into or around the stain as that can spread it out further!

You can also make use of a steam iron on the water stain. Remember to use the iron only on the lowest setting or you can risk ruining your car seat! Apply the steam for less than a minute at a time, hovering it close to the stain. Do it for a few times depending on how bad the stain is.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Geronimo Colt


Zia Uddin from UK on March 02, 2019:

Thanks for sharing, very good tips and advice. Would definitely help me in my profession as a driver.

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