In today's world of car upholstery cleaners, cleaning car upholstery will be a challenging task as most cleaners are formulated to be overly mild and overly safe due to what I call the idiot factor.
Manufacturers can't control which idiot is going to end up behind the trigger of their upholstery cleaner and therefore have to dumb it down to the biggest idiot in the room. I hate to sound so harsh (actually, I enjoy being this harsh and I only said that as as a formality of social etiquette) but this is our reality these days which is why most people after failed attempts with these overly mild car upholstery cleaners go in search of professional grade cleaners.
The Dirt is Only Going to Get Worse!
While there are a select few amongst us considered the diligent, over-achieving and hyper-vigilant, most of us are just a little too busy in life to deal with the duties required to keep our car interiors looking like show-room condition! Day after day goes by and the dirt builds and builds until one day you get in your car and the glaring fact that your car upholstery is seriously dirty just can't be ignored any longer.
Exactly how does a person go about cleaning car upholstery in a way that is both effective and realistic for the average person. Like many areas of car ownership, sometimes we stand back and look at a problem situation like an overly dirty car interior and are completely clueless as to how to go about cleaning the years of dirt that has accumulated day after day.
Let's break down the process of cleaning your cars interior into simplified and doable steps:
I will offer a few suggestions when it comes to picking a quality cleaner for your car's upholstery. Use the links to get your own products directly from AutoGeek.net:
303 High Tech Fabric Guard & Cleaner Combo
Darren's Tips: The 303 brand of products are professional grade products suited for cleaning fabric and upholstery materials of all kinds. These products have been formulated for use in automotive, marine, RV, and the aerospace industries. While the obvious task of cleaning car upholstery is your immediate concern, shortly after people start asking about fabric protectors or fabric guard of some kind. I am also a big fan of treating carpeting and fabric upholstery with some kind of protectant that will not only guard against stains, but make your next car upholstery cleaning chore that much easier! Treating the freshly cleaned areas with a fabric protector really does make a difference and I can always tell very quickly when an interior has been treated as the dirt cleans up so much easier!
Endorsed by Leading Industries- 303 Products not only have a proven track record amongst professionals, but are recommended by top-name leading companies:
Wile the 303 auto upholstery cleaning kit from above is an excellent choice, I know there are many out there who would like to keep things even more simple than what I have already suggested. To all of you out there, I am going to recommend a product from Meguiar's that I also use professionally and comes with many uses:
Meguiars D103 All Purpose Cleaner Plus
Darren's Tips: Any of my followers already knows I am a big fan of Meguiar's products and continue to be so! This APC (all purpose cleaner) is your ticket to cleaning car upholstery in a professional and simplified manner. The minor trade-off with this product is that it comes in a gallon size only. But the fact that you can custom blend or dilute this cleaner to any strength you need along with the fact that it has so many uses, this hardly represents a true trad-off!
If you choose to not go with the 303 upholstery cleaning kit from above, you will need some tools to clean your car upholstery with:
Mat & Carpet Scrub Brush
Since you will be cleaning car upholstery and no doubt will have dome a fabulous job, we don't want to forget to dust and clean the dash vents in your car; the dash vent brushes below will be the perfect addition to your other car upholstery cleaning tools:
Clean Vent Kit
Now that I have laid out some professional grade upholstery cleaners and tools,you should follow these basic steps for maximum results:
Some may consider fabric guard or protectors a waste of time and money. I know from years of professional experience that when car upholstery, cloth, fabric, or any other porous material within your car has been treated with some form of fabric protector, cleaning car upholstery is dramatically easier and you will get much better results. I apply fabric protector every time following my own carpet and fabric cleaning efforts in my own cars as well as my customers cars.
Stoner Fabprotex Fabric & Carpet Protector
Most of you reading this have likely chosen a car upholstery cleaner off the shelves of your local retailer and have had discouraging results. With that said, let me end this page with some additional bullet points that will help in your understanding and also help be a voice of reason to your cleaning car upholstery efforts:
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