Cars are a means of transportation for many families, however, not everyone knows how to keep their seats clean.
We often load a lot of things in the car, from dogs and cats, groceries, food … so the car is often very dirty, sometimes has an unpleasant smell.
Car seats and the interior of a car are usually not as durable as the engine. According to The News Wheel, the average lifespan of a car interior is 10 years, while the car itself is close to 12 years.
Keeping the car seats clean and fresh in the car is not easy. Here are the easiest ways you can refer to cleaning the seat.
Sweeping and vacuuming car seats
The easiest way to clean the seat is by sweeping or vacuuming. First, need to pick up all the furniture and garbage left in the car. After that, you can use a hand-held brush to sweep away the smaller types of garbage, or use a vacuum cleaner to treat the root.
There are vacuum cleaners that plug directly into the car or regular vacuum cleaners. You should use a type with strong suction and have a variety of replacement nozzles. They will help you reach cracks and crevices where debris is “hiding” and clean fabric seams, car floors and wider seating areas.
Wash the seat cover in the washing machine
For cars with seat covers, you can take them apart and put them in the washing machine. However, it is important to check the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure they are suitable for machine washing. It is recommended to treat yellow stains on the cover by soaking in warm water and using bleach before putting it in the machine.
You should not dry the upholstery, but should spread them on a flat surface or hang them on a hook to dry naturally. Make sure they are completely dry before returning them to the car.
Dry the furniture
Not all seat covers should be wet cleaned. According to Home Explained, if the upholstery is made from a special fabric like suede, you should avoid getting it wet. Instead, use dry, heat-activated chemical-activated cloths for cleaning.
Another method is to use a foaming cleaner. Usually, they come with a bristle brush for simultaneous application and washing. You can scrub the seat with this cleaner, let it dry, and then vacuum up any remaining dirt. However, you should test with a small area first to make sure you don’t damage the fabric or fade the color.
Use wet paper
Baby wet wipes are extremely versatile, not only used to care for baby’s skin but also used to keep car seats clean. You can use them to clean up liquids spilled on the seats or dust on the car. Experts recommend using baby wipes to clean suede and other stains on leather fabrics. Of course, it is advisable to test on a small area before applying to the whole vehicle.
Use specialized cleaners for leather and vinyl seats
If the car seat is leather or vinyl (plastic, imitation leather), you should buy specialized cleaners for these two materials. They need regular maintenance, not just removing stains, if they want to stay like new and not deteriorate.
Vinegar and baking soda
Vinegar and baking soda are also a safe way to clean car seats. With most fabrics, you first sprinkle baking soda all over the surface, let it rest for a while, and then suck up both the powder and the odor.
Or you can mix vinegar with baking soda to clean stains (not for leather). HomeViable recommends pouring 1/3 cup of baking soda into a small bowl, adding dish soap, and using a little warm water to make a paste. Then add the vinegar and stir until they blend into a liquid, pour into a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on the surface and then dry with a towel.
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