Cleaning a car is a pain, especially if you have kids who spill food and drinks on the seats. Having a baby in a vehicle makes it even more difficult because children’s baby gear is notorious for getting dirty and staining seats. Luckily, there are some techniques you can use to get stains out of car seats that will have your car looking new again.
How to get stains out of car seats?
Use a wet cloth and dish soap
The best way to remove stains from your car seat is to use a wet cloth and dish soap. First, moisten the area with water. Next, rub the stain with a little dish soap using circular motions. Rinse any residue off of the seat cover with cold water and pat dry.
Use a hair dryer
If this particular stain is stubborn, pre-heat the hair dryer on the quick-dry setting for about three minutes. Do not use a low setting because this can damage the fabric of the seat cover. Once the hair dryer is turned off, wipe off the residue.
Use homemade stain remover
If a homemade stain remover is not available, use baby-friendly soap. Mix one cap full (1/4 cup) of baby-friendly soap with one quart of water. Once the mixture is available, dip a clean cloth into the mixture. Wring out the excess water and apply the cloth to the dirty area on the seat. Rub the stain with the cloth. After a minute or two, rinse off the stain with water.
Use vinegar and water
Vinegar can help to remove stains from car seats. Before cleaning the car seat, pour one cup of distilled white vinegar onto a clean cloth. Rub the stain with the cloth. Rinse the stain with cold water.
Spray the stained area with WD-40
Objects in the car, such as seat covers and carpeting, are susceptible to oil stains. Oil stains can be difficult to remove with regular cleaning products because they are embedded in the surface of the fabric or upholstery. Spray the stained area with WD-40, letting it soak for a couple minutes before scrubbing with a clean rag.
Apply carpet cleaner and baby powder to the stain
Car seats are some of the most difficult stains to remove. There are many different methods to use when removing these difficult stains. You can try using a carpet cleaner or even baby powder. It is important to note that some carpet cleaners contain bleach which may cause damage to the car seat fabric if the full strength product is used. Using baby powder will work well with getting out permanent ink, water-based, or coffee stains on car seats.
Treat with club soda
If you have just purchased a new car, congratulations! You are in for many years of joy. However, it’s not long before the stains start to creep up on your leather. It can be difficult to get out these stubborn stains, but luckily club soda is the perfect fix. Simply pour some club soda onto a clean cloth and wipe the stain. Rinse the stain with cold water.
Another method to clean out car seats is to use bleach. Bleach is another harsh cleaning agent that is dangerous if not used properly. You should only use bleach to clean out car seats if you are familiar with what you are doing and how to safely remove stains. Mix ¼ cup bleach into a gallon of water and pour the mixture into a spray bottle.
Pour hydrogen peroxide over the stain
Stains can make a car seat look old and dirty. However, there are ways to remove the stains from the seat. Pour hydrogen peroxide over the stain. This will bleach it white without damaging the surrounding material. Blot up any excess liquid with paper towel. Once the seat is dry, vacuum it thoroughly to remove any other debris that could have been left behind.
With some patience and elbow grease, most stains can be removed from cars seats. For stubborn stains or tough stains, using a brush or wool carpet cleaner are effective.
If you are finding that the cleaning solution is not working, try scrubbing the stain with an old toothbrush before applying more detergent. Remember to let the seat dry for at least 24 hours before sitting on it again.