The Best Way to Remove Stains from a Car Seat

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.

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.


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.


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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