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TIPS TO CLEAN YOUR CAR SEATS AT HOME LIKE EXPERTS

With these homemade products, you can enjoy a clean ride. Your car seats will look and smell brand new with the least effort.

Why should you clean your car seats?

Federal Highway Administration statistics say that Americans drive 13,000 miles on average each year. As a result of all that time spent in the car, your seat will eventually become dirty.

Maintaining your car’s interior through regular cleaning can extend its life just as much as changing its oil and filters.

Here are ten tips for cleaning your car seats like an expert:

Start by vacuuming

CLEAN YOUR CAR SEATS

The first step to cleaning car seats is to vacuum them thoroughly. You won’t just remove dirt and debris, but you’ll prevent them from falling deeper into the seat padding as well.

The experts recommend vacuuming all creases on your seat with a soft brush head. If you can’t reach between the seat and the console, you can try to use your vacuum’s crevice tool.

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Don’t ignore stain removal

CLEAN YOUR CAR SEATS

Car seats can become permanently stained by ground-in dirt, melted chocolate, or grease from drive-thru dining. If a stain appears on leather or upholstery, a scrubbing brush is best for removing it. To avoid scratching leather, Stoops cautions against scrubbing too vigorously.

Check in a hidden spot first to make sure that an upholstery cleaner won’t harm or discolor your car.

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Test Homemade remedies

With a few common household items, make a homemade cleaning solution for your car seats.

In a spray bottle, combine 2 quarts of water, 1 quart of vinegar, and a teaspoon of dish soap. Scrub gently and lightly rinse with clean water any stained or especially dirty spots. Absorb any excess moisture by dabbing a microfiber cloth on the spot.

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Ensure everything is clean

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As soon as you have completed vacuuming and stain treatment, start washing thoroughly. Start from the top of the seat, and rub every part so that any dirty solution drips. To remove excess moisture from a dirty brush, Professionals recommend rinsing it in clean water and shaking it.

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Clean each part of the seats

Be sure to wipe down the other seat components, such as the belt and buckle, in addition to the backrest, the seat, and the headrest. You should also pay attention to the front of your seat, where your legs will hit and go underneath it.

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Thoroughly dry

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After cleaning your car seats, you should let them dry for several hours or overnight. By using an absorbent microfiber cloth, you can speed up the drying process.

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Give special consideration to leather.

You need leather-specific products for leather interiors. Cleaning is then followed by conditioning, which is a step that takes a little extra time, but it’s worth it. It prevents cracking by keeping the leather moist, and it protects the leather from sun damage.

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Use Seat Protectors

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It is important to regularly clean car seats to keep them looking new, but seat protectors are also important.

Make sure you select covers that are made specifically for your vehicle. Make sure that they work with the airbags and seatbelts. You can find details on aftermarket accessories, including seat covers, in your owner’s manual.

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More Doesn’t Mean Better.

Don’t use too much water or cleaner. Liquids that do not dry quickly can be absorbed deeply into the seat.

It is easy to clean cloth seats with dry foam cleaners because they do not require much water. Ensure that you avoid soaking cloth seats, which would cause the foam to become wet, as this could result in mold growth. Several dry foam cleaners feature built-in brushes, making scrubbing even easier.

Leather cleaners and conditioners work well for leather seats. You should examine the seats and look for creases or spots where skin or hair touches the leather.

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