Cleaning the upholstery of a car especially when one has children is hard work. No matter how careful one is it seems messes are inevitable especially today when we eat, drink and live out of our cars. Here is an inexpensive and easy way to clean the upholstery in ones vehicle. This can be done in five easy to do steps.
Tools needed: Stiff brush, small shop vac or carpet machine, cleaning bucket and rubber gloves.
Step 1: What type cleaner should one use? If the money is available and one can afford it use what ever the manufacturer suggests. If one is on a budget try some ammonia and water place this on an area that will not show the day before one plan’s to clean to make sure it will not discolor the fabric.
Ammonia is an excellent cleaner for both carpets and upholstery. Ammonia is inexpensive to buy and is in most homes across America.
Step 2: Mix some ammonia or recommended cleaning solution and water in a spray bottle making sure the car is well ventilated the doors or windows open. Pre-spray any spot that is obvious and let this sit for about fifteen minutes.
Note: Do not mix ammonia and any other cleaner together.
Step 3: Take a stiff brush and scrub the spot in a circular motion. This will loosen the stain so it can be easily lifted. Now one can add cleaner to a bucket and lightly scrub the rest of the seat and back area. This should take about five to ten minutes depending on if one is doing both front and back seats.
Step 4: Take the shop vac or carpet machine with upholstery attachment and extract the cleaner. Fill the solution tank with clean water. If one is using a shop vac then after the initial vacuuming apply rinse water with a spray bottle and vacuum this again.
Step 5: Use a fan or air dry the car naturally when finished the results will be the same if it were professionally done. If one can afford it after the upholstery dries apply some sort of treatment like Scotch Guard. This will help keep the upholstery from becoming brittle over time.
Doing things yourself gives one personal satisfaction that the job is done right. Doing it yourself also allows one to save money especially when one has children or when things are tight.