Cleaning your car upholstery is one simple and easy way that help maintain the value of your car. In fact your car upholstery is the first thing that is seen when you and your passengers enter your car. Indeed by keeping your upholstery clean will make each car ride more pleasant.
Here are a few tips to help you tackle the spills and spots on your car upholstery:
Dilute coffee spills immediately with cool water and blot with paper towels or clean rags.
If a stain remains after the spot dries, spray on a glass cleaner. Soak the area, allow to sit for five minutes, and blot. Glass cleaner cleans all types of carpeting as well as upholstery without leaving the soapy residue of most traditional carpet cleaners. This only attract more dirt afterwards. Certainly, glass cleaner is normally effective on even the most difficult stains. When your carpet is cleaned, it is time to Scotch guard the surface and limits further staining.
Most greasy carpeting and upholstery stains can be removed by rubbing paint thinner with a clean, 100 percent cotton cloth. Cover the stain with salt until the remaining grease is absorbed. Then vacuum.
Note: Test the effect of the paint thinner on the colorfastness of the carpeting and/or upholstery in a discrete area first.
This will lift out pen ink stains on carpeting or upholstery. Salt will also lift the stain out of the carpet. Leave to sit until the stain is absorbed and brush off. Repeat if necessary.
Cars sickness stains. From children, pets or adults, should be diluted and neutralized with club soda. Alternatively, use a mixture of baking soda and water.
Blood stains on carpeting or upholstery, whether animal or human; immediately cover with a paste made up of dry laundry starch and cold water. (Do not use hot water, as it will set the stain.) Allow to dry, then brush or vacuum the residue away.
To clean vinyl seats quickly, wipe them with baking soda on a damp rag. Rinse with dish washing detergent and water. Baking soda is gentler on vinyl than oil-based cleaners, which will cause the vinyl to harden.
For general carpet or car upholstery stains, take a gallon of hot water, a generous amount of dish detergent, and add a cup of white vinegar. You’ll need a hard bristle brush to work the mixture thoroughly into the carpet fibers. Let it sit for 30 minutes. Blot until dry with towels or thick absorbent rags. (This also works well for pet stains).
If objects stored in the back of your sport/utility vehicle have left indentations in the carpeting, place a damp towel over the spot and press lightly with an iron on a low setting. The indentation will rise as the towel dries. Be careful not to leave the iron on the spot for too long as synthetic fibers can melt.
To keep car mats looking brand new, wax them with a liquid shoe wax polish. This will also make them much easier to rinse clean.
Before you commit to fixing your own car upholstery, stop by and visit the professionals. They’ll give you a free estimate for the repair that you need. You can see some examples of their repair work while you are there. Above all, they may even be able to show you a sample of some “gone wrong” do it yourself work. Fortunately that they are going to fix. While a lot of satisfaction comes from doing a good job fixing your own stuff, car upholstery repair is one area that is best left to a professional.
For Emergency car Upholstery Services Phone: Auckland City 376 7007. North Shore 489 7784. West Auckland 837 4545. East Auckland 520 0062. South Auckland 262 0720.