How to clean car seats

How to clean car seats

Cleaning cars seats… How difficult could it be?

Your car seats are looking a little worse for wear, stained and looking very unpleasant. So, how to clean car seats properly, what are your options to get them looking like new again?

Most people will visit their local motor factors and buy a bottle of upholstery cleaner, the instructions look pretty straight forward and the before and after pictures on the front label simply cannot be ignored!

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In reality this foaming shampoo will enhance the appearance of  dirty fabric thanks to additives which brighten the fibres but does it really clean?

OK, so we have a car seat which contains dirt, sweat, drinks spillages and food… your going to apply a foam to the surface and work the foam into the fabric driving the dirt and everything else deeper

into the upholstery! Then wipe with a towel which may remove a small amount of dirt…

This cleaner is actually designed to be used as a maintenance product and for lightly soiled upholstery.


So we need something a bit more powerful to flush out the dirt, the next option would be to hire a machine.

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You have all seen these machines in your local dry cleaners or DIY centre. Clever marketing will try and convince you that for £35 your carpet will look as good as new plus you can also clean your upholstery as well… This is a no brainer, right?

So the instructions tell you to add the shampoo (which you will have to buy) to the tank of the machine, pre-spot the fabric with a detergent (which you will need to buy) and simply make slow, steady passes to extract the dirt. This will be a vast improvement to the results the foam cleaner would of achieved

The downside to hiring a machine is the inconvenience of collecting and returning, and vacuum performance is very limited resulting in wet upholstery which can take days to dry.

So your next option would be to find someone to carry out the work.

You tap in “car seat cleaning” or “car valeting service” into your chosen search engine

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The chances are you will find your local hand car wash who also offers a car valeting service, these guys will swarm your vehicle with up to 6 people all carrying out a different job such as vacuuming, window cleaning, car seat cleaning. You cannot knock these places for offering a reasonable service for the fee they charge.

If you are fussy about results then you will probably have a few issues with the level of quality, but then what are you expecting for £30? these guys have to work fast and tear through your car as quickly as possible so if you want perfection then for £30 you ain’t gonna get it.


A car seat cleaning service with a difference…

CarCleanseUK - Interior cleansing and odour removal specialists

How about a car seat cleaning service which actually comes to your home?

Here are 5 reasons why you should consider locating an CarCleanseUK operator:

  1. Your car seats will be cleaned and disinfected in one go

  2. We come to your home

  3. Removing dirt, stains, bacteria, viruses, mould

  4. Fabric dry and ready to use in under 2 hours

  5. Eco-safe cleaning, will not harm kids or pets

Looking for better results rather than the cheapest price?

Simply visit our home page and tap in your postcode to locate your nearest operator!

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