How can you clean car stains?

I drive for Uber and Lyft almost every weekend to make extra money, and I enjoy the work, but my car’s upholstery has taken quite a beating. How can I clean stains from my car’s upholstery?

Jack Walsh · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
I’m happy you enjoy driving for Uber and Lyft! The
wear and tear
and stains are an unfortunate hazard of the job. Luckily, you can clean most stains using common household products.
Before you get started, vacuum the area and spot test the cleaning solution on a hidden area to ensure it doesn’t damage the upholstery. Also, you should blot and never scrub the stain.
Below are ways to remove stains you may encounter.
  • 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 before covering the stain with salt or cornmeal. Leave covered overnight, and then vacuum 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.
Driving for Uber and Lyft is a nice way to make some extra money but can increase your chance of getting in an accident. To make sure you have the best car insurance policy that includes
rideshare coverage
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