How do I remove water stains from car seats?

There was flooding in my area and while my car is okay, I have water stains on my car seats. I'd like to remove them, but I'm not sure how. What can I do to remove the water stains?

Answer
I’m sorry you had to experience that! You can remove water stains using the following supplies:
  • Vinegar
  • Microfiber towels
  • Cloth or upholstery shampoo
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Hairdryer
Here’s how:
  • Start by vacuuming your car. If you don’t remove excess dirt first, most of your effort will be removing dirt and not the water stain.
  • Apply vinegar to the stains. While you could skip this, vinegar provides extra stain-fighting power.
  • After letting the vinegar soak for a few minutes, wet and apply shampoo on the entire seat. If you don’t, you’ll end up with a bright, clean spot on an otherwise dirty seat.
  • Use water and a microfiber towel to soak up the shampoo and vinegar.
  • Let the area dry out. You can use a hairdryer to help speed up the dry time. You’ll also want to park your car in a sunny spot and leave the windows rolled down. If your seat doesn’t dry completely, you risk the growth of mold.
Since your area has experienced flooding, make sure that you have comprehensive insurance, which covers damage to your car from many unexpected events, including floods. You can shop for the best rates on comprehensive insurance using the Jerry app. Jerry will collect insurance quotes for you from over 50 of the top insurance providers in seconds!
Emily Maracle
Answered on Nov 16, 2021
Emily Maracle is a car insurance specialist living in New York. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she has a degree in English Literature and a background in customer service. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and living sustainably. In the future, she can't wait to upgrade to a hybrid or electric car.
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