Handy Tips for Removing Stains from Auto Upholstery
You-re driving along in your Toyota Camry, drink in hand, when you hit a bump in the road. Your arm jerks, your grip slips, and your cup goes flying, dumping its contents all over your car-s upholstery. This is just one of the many possible scenarios that could lead to stained and damaged upholstery. Luckily, cleaning your upholstery is easier than you probably think with these few simple tips. Note: Before you use any type of stain remover on your car-s upholstery, always test the solution on a separate stain first! Otherwise, you risk the stain remover possibly ruining your upholstery.
- Does your car have leather upholstery? Before you tackle a stain on leather, first pretreat the leather using a leather conditioner. Next, apply leather stain remover and rub it in. Allow it to sit for 30 seconds then wipe the area clean.
- If you-ve ever suffered from an ink stain (on anything!), you probably think there-s no hope to removing it. Well, guess what – there is hope! Simply mix hairspray with water in a spray bottle. Spray the stain then gently blot it with a clean, damp rag.
- Battling greasy or oily upholstery stains? Makeup and food are two main culprits of stubborn stains like these. The cure? Watered-down paint thinner and a cotton ball. Mix equal parks paint thinner and water in a cup. Using a cotton ball, rub it into the stain. Then, sprinkle the stain with salt or cornmeal and let it sit overnight. The next day, simply vacuum up the mixture and wallah! No more greasy or oily stains!
- There-s a reason there-s a Starbucks on almost every corner, and it-s because the world lives on caffeine – mainly coffee. That-s why it-s so easy to see why coffee stains in cars are pretty common. So, try this. Dilute the coffee stain with cold water then blot with a paper towel. Next, spray the stain with glass cleaner. Let it sit for five minutes then blot the stain again. This technique should work by helping to lift the stain out of the upholstery.
Cars are great for travel, but one problem they can cause is carsickness. If someone gets carsick in your vehicle, causing them to throw up, act fast! Clean it up as soon as possible, otherwise it will set into the upholstery. First, wipe up the mess and dilute the stain with cold water. Next, wash the area with mild soap and water. Lastly, neutralize the stain by applying club soda on a rag and blotting the stain. You can also combine baking soda and water. This mixture creates a paste that will help absorb any leftover unpleasant smell.