Easy Car Upholstery Stain Remover
|July 19, 2012||Posted by Amee under How To . . .|
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I desperately want a new camera. The one I now have is a $60 point and shoot which does okay, but I want a camera with more abilities. My hubby asked me to go and have our truck detailed before we go on vacation. I got a few estimates and the average was around $150. I told my hubby he could hire me and put a portion of that money towards my camera fund. He agreed and this past weekend I started to clean our truck.
I have three small kids, and when I took their seats out, the photo above shows the ugly, nasty, stains and more stains. If you cart kids around like I do several times a week to various appointments, then accidents and spills can happen in the car. The lost Cheerios, the stickers stuck to the windows, and the forgotten hair bands or small toys. I am not sure what my kids spilled or got into, but it was the worst condition in which I ever saw my truck seats.
The day before, I tried this new cleaning solution on my tubs, sinks, and showers. It used Dawn and vinegar, and my results were nothing short of amazing. I decided to use that combination as a base, but I also knew club soda was great to remove stains from carpet. I figured if I did a 1:1:1 ratio of Blue Dawn Dish Soap, white vinegar, and club soda, the stains might come clean.
1 cup Dawn blue dish soap
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup club soda
A heavy duty spray bottle
A scrub brush
After I removed the car seats, I vacuumed the seat thoroughly and picked any crusty or sticky substances from the upholstery surface. I then mixed the Dawn, vinegar, and club soda together in my heavy duty spray bottle and shook it lightly to mix.
I sprayed liberally over the stained areas and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes. I took my scrub brush and scrubbed in little circles over the stains. To my amazement the stains started to lift and disappear. I ran out of time to finish, but the next morning when I came back most of the stains were completely gone except a few of the worst ones. There were water marks where I sprayed my cleaning solution the day before so this time I used my Hoover SteamVac and only filled it with warm water. I resprayed the stained areas that did not come out and then scrubbed again. I used the hand held spinning attachment and water sprayer, and as I went over each section it sucked up the water. It was amazing how well Dawn, vinegar, and club soda worked together.
The transformation was pretty incredible, because I really thought I was not going to get the seat looking that good. I even got out a milk stain that a professional carpet cleaner was not able to remove a couple of years ago. It was not perfect, but those were OLD stains and some were even greasy tough stains. I am one happy mama! It also worked on the coffee stains in the driver seat where my husband notoriously spills his coffee.
An upholstery and carpet wet vacuum is not required to clean, but it does help to remove the blotchy water markings, and leave a more uniform look to the upholstery unless you choose to spray down the entire surface of the upholstery with the solution.
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