Cleaning Your Upholstery the Right Way


Some parts of cleaning car seem simple enough – soap and rinse the exterior, vacuum up the dust from inside, wipe the dash, clean out the cupholders — easy. When it comes to the upholstery, however, there’s a lot more to think about. In this article from Browning Dodge, we’ll explore the right ways to go about restoring the glory of your car’s interior. Let’s take a closer look.

First, get the right tools:

Depending on what type of material your upholstery is, you may need several different items in your cleaning kit. The first thing to get is cleaning product. Check the bottles carefully for whether they should be used for leather or fabric interiors. Look for items that offer “multiple-in-one” function, as that will save you buying too many different things. You’ll also need rags, paper towels, scrub brushes and a good vacuum cleaner. A bottle of pure alcohol is also a good addition to deal with any difficult stains, or foaming cleaner if you’re worried about any potential abrasion or damage to the fabric.

Second, use the right techniques

It’s a good idea to test your cleaning materials first on a soft, clean rag to see if it discolors the fabric or causes any other problems. Better the rag take the hit than your car seat or carpet! If looks fine, then start to apply as per the item’s own instructions. No need for fancy maneuvers or tricks. The experts who develop these products have it all worked out. Use Windex or some other cleaner and a rag to clean the windows, make sure to keep your hands off so you don’t leave fingerprints or smears. Also, don’t forget to apply a logical order to the process. For instance, don’t vacuum and clean the carpet only then to plop down dirty floor mats. Wash and dry the floormats first and leave them to dry so they’ll be ready to put back once you’ve finished the interior. They’ll help protect the carpet against further dirt.

Finally, leather vs. fabric care

The summer sun may have had some impact on your car’s leather upholstery, leaving it a bit worn, discolored or even cracked. If you have leather seats, you’ve got to get some special leather conditioning product that will help keep the material the right color and texture. A soft-bristle toothbrush is a good ally to help get out stubborn dirt and grime that is caught up in the leather grain. 

Turning now to fabric, it’s absolutely vital that you vacuum before you apply your cleaning products and start scrubbing. Leaving in bits of debris as you scrub can cause abrasion or other damage. Make sure you know exactly what fabric your upholstery is made of and then check the cleaning product bottle before purchasing or using.

Follow these steps and your upholstery will never lose its edge.

Are you or anyone in your family looking for a new, or used car head on over to Browning Dodge.  Not only do they have a great selection of vehicles they will make sure they help you in every way they can.

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