The Best Way to Remove Stains from a Car Seat

By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
The Best Way to Remove Stains from a Car Seat

A stain on your car seat can spoil the interior of an otherwise clean car. The most effective method is always prevention - preventing stains from occurring - as there are many kinds that are difficult to remove completely. To avoid this, do not eat or drink inside the car and do not let other occupants do so either. When transporting foods, always keep them inside the trunk and not on top of the seats. Of course, it may already be too late for this, so we at OneHowTo will explain how to effectively remove stains from a car seat.

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Steps to follow:

The first step to removing stains from car upholstery if the stain has already dried, is to scrape the area with a toothbrush with hard bristles to remove traces of whatever substance caused the stain. This will make the next steps easier and increase chances of completely removing the stain.


However, it's better if you attack the stain immediately after the spill has occured and it is not yet dried as it will be easier to prevent the substance from being absorbed by the seat fabric. You'll be able to use paper towel or cloth to absorb it, thus helping to remove it.


Then, having followed the first or second steps, depending on the state of the stain, clean it with mild soap and water. Soak a sponge with soapy water and apply it to the area, rubbing hard.


Then use a hair dryer to remove all traces of moisture in the area. This is important because otherwise you may leave a bad smell in the stain area in the car.

The Best Way to Remove Stains from a Car Seat - Step 4

If you've tried these solutions and still don't have the desired result, buy a professional dry cleaner spray. This is more aggressive than the solution explained above, but if you buy a quality product at a car specialty store you don't need to worry about damaging the fabric. You should of course follow the instructions indicated on the package carefully.

The Best Way to Remove Stains from a Car Seat - Step 5

If you want to keep your car looking and smelling as fresh as possible then take a look at some of our related articles:

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Carol Parker
I have a 6yr old Seat Mii A few months ago what looks like water stains appeared on the back seat, I tried some car upholstery cleaner which didn't work. Nothing has been spilt in my car. however, similar stains are now appearing on the front seats, I do not know where it is coming from, have you any suggestions please? Thank you
Zuri Martin
We must wear seat belt while driving as it is for our safety. Car must be kept safely locked and keys should be kept in a safety place. Cars are having its own safety features. We must have safety features like Auto emergency braking , curtain airbags, electronic stability control, anti braking system , traction control , Low speed auto emergency braking , drivers knee airbag and passenger knee bell. Head rests are important safety features and should be fitted to all seats front and back. Whiplash is caused by the head extending backward from the torso in he initial stage of rear impact , then being thrown forward. We must wear seat belt while driving so that it may protect us from sudden brakes. I am having a Volkswagen car which was having problem in car brake so I have given it to the Volkswagen Repair Ventura
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