How to Clean Car Roof Lining

How to Clean Car Roof Lining

The roof lining in a car is actually quite delicate, unlike the exterior which you can easily just clean by going through a car wash. At oneHOWTO, we'll show you how to clean this important part of the vehicle quickly and easily. You've no doubt wondered on occasion how to clean the car roof lining, so we're here to give you the answer. You'll need to put in a little elbow grease, but there's no reason to think you can't clean the roof yourself.

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Steps to follow:

First of all, you should know that there are several parts to your car's roof lining. Thus, it is vitally important that you take notice of them all so it is completely clean and there are no parts that are left unclean or smelling. The car roof lining is commonly made out of three different materials: foam, fiberglass and fabric. The part that we can actually reach and clean is the fabric that's exposed, though we should be very careful what we use to clean it in order not to moisten the layers underneath this first one.

To clean the interior of the car roof lining, use a simple microfibre cloth rather than using water. Gently and carefully wipe the cloth over the surface of the ceiling. Note that the ceiling is delicate so you shouldn't bang it or use excessive force.

Always wipe the cloth in the same direction and make sure that no traces of dirt are left behind that could be easily removed. The ceiling collects a lot of dirt and dust but a microfiber cloth should remove it all.

Another way to ensure you get rid of any dust or microfiber that can be stuck to the lining is carefully hoovering all of the roof.

How to Clean Car Roof Lining - Step 1

Once you've removed the surface dirt, you now need to deep-clean the roof. You'll need to use a cleaning product that is used specifically for the material of the interior of your car, otherwise you could damage it. Consult the manufacturer and be clear about what type of product you should use, although the most recommended are foam-type cleaners, as they can get rid of any trapped dirt under the first layer of lining.

How to Clean Car Roof Lining - Step 2

Spray the car roof interior with the appropriate cleaning product. Leave it to take effect for a few minutes and make sure the ceiling is well soaked with the cleaning product.

How to Clean Car Roof Lining - Step 3

Use another microfibre cloth, not the same one as before, to wipe the ceiling interior again, soak it lightly in warm water and wipe the roof lining in straight line motions, removing the cleaning product. As you move the cloth, you'll see how it comes away covered in the dirt that was on the roof interior. When finished, the ceiling should look like new.


If there are still stains, you can use other cleaning products for the vehicle, or try home remedies, such as soap and water or water and de-greaser. Only use these in moderation and, when you're done, leave it to dry. Then, if you still doesn't look clean, use the cleaning product from step 3 again. Another wipe with a microfiber cloth should leave it looking like new.


Are there any home remedies that can get rid of stains on your car roof lining? The answer is yes! It's as easy as mixing three parts water for each part of distilled white vinegar or apple cider vinegar. Soak the microfiber cloth in the solution, strain it and carefully clean the roof lining with it. This is incredibly effective for any greasy stains you may find.

How to Clean Car Roof Lining - Step 6

How to remove water stains from the car headliner

One of the most stubborn stains you can find on a roof lining is a water stain. The truth is that specialized shops have several products known as shampooers that are specifically designed to treat this type of stains on the car headliner. You can also use carpet cleaner solutions on it.

Just spray a generous amount of cleaner on the whole surface of your ceiling with the product. Leave it to stand for a few minutes and, before it dries, use a small tool attachment on your vacuum cleaner to hoover the roof in straight motions, paying special attention to the water lines. Spray a little more product if the mark does not fade the first time.

Let it dry to see the perfect results you get.

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  • If the lining fabric is black using a lint roller is also a good option to get rid of any stains too.
  • If there is a stubborn mark that won't go away with these methods, you can use a hoover and extraction machine. If you don't own one, we advise you to visit a professional

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