Upholstery Smoke Stains Cleaning
Sorry to say, there is no easy removal method for smoke stains of this type. The method you need to use, depends on the condition of the ceiling fabric and the adhesive holding it up. The rest of the stuff should be more sturdy. Likewise, even that can easily be damaged if it is weak or compromised (as may be the case with constant exposure to smoke). Consequently, you need to be extremely careful as you work. Start with gentle motions and test as inconspicuously as possible so as not to damage your vehicle’s interior.
Foam upholstery cleaner
- Firstly begin by vacuuming all areas of the car that are going to be cleaned. This will remove any loose dirt or dust.
- Spray foam upholstery cleaner, following the directions and precautions on the can.
- Use a damp sponge to scrub carpets, seats, and the more durable stained fabrics (not the ceiling). Rinse the sponge frequently with clean water.
- Let the upholstery cleaner remain on the ceiling for a while (or as directed on the label) to give it more time to work. Gently dab or wipe the dry foam away.
- Repeat as needed.
- Firstly, one option is to use a steam cleaner with an upholstery attachment. However, the suction action of the steam cleaner could separate the fabric from the chairs, so use extreme caution when attempting to do this.
- Keep away from scrubbing the ceiling. Using pressure may cause piling or separation. Most vehicle seats can withstand gentle scrubbing action without damage to the upholstery.
- For best results, remove loose debris, dust, and grime before beginning.
- If the stains cannot removed with the cleaner, try pre-treating it with some vinegar. The acid in the vinegar will cut through the nicotine that leaves the dark staining. For best results, test a small area first. This ensures there are no unwanted results.
- If you have any adverse effects on the test areas or problems with the fabric separating or becoming damaged; do not continue with the cleaning. If the fabric is too fragile to clean at home, it may require professional servicing to remove the stains safely and more gently.