Removing those horrible marks, stains, and smells
Whether it’s coffee, juice, milk or even worse, at some point in time we’ve all had an accidental spill. Now you’re left with the sticky, and sometimes smelly, reminder of your lapse in concentration. The good news is removing those smells and marks isn’t as hard as you might think.
Over time the fabric interior of your car will absorb certain smells, for those of us unlucky enough to have someone who has been sick in the car we know that all too well. Dealing with the cumulative odor of day to day life is fairly simple. You’ll need two bowls and some vinegar.
STEP 1: Fill two bowls with white vinegar.
STEP 2: Place one bowl on the dashboard of the car and the other on the back seat the night before cleaning.
STEP 3: Close all the windows and doors and leave the bowls over-night. The white vinegar should effectively absorb all the odors from the car.
STEP 4: Remove the bowls of vinegar in the morning and leave the car doors and windows open for as long as it takes for the smell of vinegar to completely disappear.
STEP 5 (optional): The last step is to vacuum clean your car upholstery thoroughly and take stock of the stains that need to be dealt with as the car is airing out.
Getting rid of stains on car upholstery
Before starting the stain removal process, you’ll need to prepare the following two homemade cleaning solutions:
For the first part of the cleaning you’ll need:
¼ cup of baking soda
1 cup of warm water
Mix together the baking soda and water and you’re ready for the second part.
For the second part of the cleaning process you’ll need:
A few squirts of dish detergent and a
¼ cup of vinegar in
A spray bottle
Mix the warm water, the few squirts of dish detergent and the ¼ cup of vinegar in a spray bottle. Shake the mixture well and leave for 5 minutes to set.
And now we’re ready to start cleaning the car upholstery:
STEP 1: Use a toothbrush to gently apply the baking soda and water solution to any stains that you might have on the upholstery and leave the solution for 30 minutes to penetrate the stains (This is by the way a great cleaning procedure for stubborn stains including ketchup and coffee stains among others)
STEP 2: After the half hour, use a clean dry towel to blot the stains with the baking soda and water. Be careful to absorb as much liquid as possible before commencing the next step in the car upholstery cleaning process.
STEP 3: Use the detergent, water and vinegar mixture to spray the upholstery starting with the front seats and working your way to the back.
STEP 4: After spraying the seats, use a stiff-bristled brush to gently work in the solution.
STEP 5: Leave the mixture to sit for 15 minutes on the seats, and then use dry towels to absorb excess moisture.
STEP 6: The last step is to air out the car to get rid of any smells. You may want to leave all the car doors and windows open for the rest of the day or until all the cleaning smell is gone.
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