How to Deep Clean Car Seats

Carter Marcus
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Have you ever sat in a car that reeks of cigarette smoke, spilled juice, or a particularly pungent odor? Even if you have, it’s probably not as noticeable as what your car seats have come to smell like after your kids have spent hours in them.

Cleaning your car is an important part of keeping it looking and running its best. Once a week, start by vacuuming each seat. Next, wipe down the cloth seats as well as the headrests. On the interior of the doors, use a damp cloth to wipe off any buildup.

Next, it’s time to clean your car upholstery. Look for distressing or burning that set in from being exposed to sunlight and wipe the vehicle down with a damp cloth and leather cleaner or foam upholstery cleaner. Many upholstery cleaners also clean the headrests and each door handle can be cleaned by using a tight-weave cotton rag.

Sometimes the stains are set too deep for the seat cleaners to handle, which is why you should use a stiff scrub brush and a spot remover. You can use steam to remove difficult stains, but for most stains, you will need to let the product sit for at least 4-8 hours.