How can I clean car upholstery stains?

I’m the proud mother of five children. However, I’m less proud of my car being in a constant state of disaster. My dad agreed to watch the kids this weekend, so I want to get caught up on all my chores and hopefully some sleep. One of the chores is to get the stains out of my car’s upholstery, but how can I clean upholstery stains?

That’s very kind of your dad to watch the kids. I’m sure it’s a well-deserved break!
The cleaning method depends on the type of stain, but below are ways to remove common stains. Before cleaning, vacuum the interior and spot test the cleaning solution on a hidden part of the upholstery to ensure it doesn’t damage the material. Don’t forget to blot the stain rather than scrub, and dry the upholstery as best you can!
  • Remove ink stains using hairspray or rubbing alcohol mixed with water.
  • Remove grease or oil stains using a 50-50 mixture of paint thinner and water. Then cover the stain with salt or cornmeal, leave overnight, and vacuum it clean.
  • Remove coffee stains by diluting with cold water and applying glass cleaner. Let sit for five minutes and dry. If the stain is still visible, use dishwashing liquid and warm water.
  • Remove vomit stains with mild soap and water and then blot with club soda or apply a baking soda and water paste.
  • Remove blood stains using cold water and hydrogen peroxide. You could also use liquid dish detergent, baking soda, or cold saltwater.
If you’re unsure what caused the stain, you should use a baking soda or mild soap solution.
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Jack Walsh
Answered on Nov 15, 2021

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