Your car was a big investment, so you want to do what you can to protect its value and keep it looking its best. When the interior gets stained, the value of the car decreases, and it can also begin to smell and look bad. Below, you will find a few of the most common problem stains and how to eliminate them for good.
Everyone grabs a bite to eat through the drive-thru from time to time. What you don't plan for is the fallen fry causing a big stain on your seat.
If you have grease stains on the interior, you need a little salt and paint thinner. Apply the paint thinner to a clean, white cloth and blot the area. Once it is lightly dampened with the thinner, coat the area with some table salt. The salt will absorb the moisture and the grease. Then, you just have to vacuum the salt and go over the area with your favorite interior cleaning product.
Tip: Test this cleaning technique in a hidden area of carpeting or upholstery to ensure that the color doesn't get stripped out of the fabric.
It never fails: you go on one long road trip and someone gets sick in the back seat. This is a disgusting and difficult mess to clean up, but it can be done. Use plastic bags and paper towels to quickly clean up as much of the mess as possible.
Once you have removed a majority of the mess, get yourself some baking soda, water, and club soda.
Mix the baking soda and water together to create a paste. Smear the paste over the area and cover it with plastic wrap. Let it sit for a few days until the paste hardens. Then, use your shop vacuum and suck the mess up. If the smell persists, repeat the process.
Now, go over the area with some club soda to remove any remaining spots and odors. Simply spray it over the area and blot it clean.
Markers and pens always seem to leak when they are sitting on the seat of a car. Don't worry: ink is actually one of the easier stains to get out.
All you need is a little bit of hairspray. Spray the area with the hairspray and let it dry and harden. Once it has cured, you can use an old toothbrush to brush the hardened hairspray and ink off of the fabric. You may need to repeat these steps a few times before the ink spot is completely gone.
If you've tried these techniques and didn't end up with the results you had hoped for, talk with your local auto detailing expert, such as Sam's Car Wash & Sam's Valvoline Express Care, for assistance.