How do you clean coffee out of a car seat?

I work at a busy office, and I always do the coffee run. My boss is nice and lets me drive her car when I go. But today, I had to brake suddenly because someone cut me off—and I spilled coffee all over my boss’s seats! What’s the best way to get coffee off car seats?

Answer
Yikes! Rough day.
To clean coffee out of a car seat, first, blot the spill. If the coffee is still hot, be careful!
Next, combine the following in a clean spray bottle:
  • 1 part white distilled vinegar
  • 2 parts warm water
  • A couple splashes of liquid dish soap
Spray the spill and gently dab the seat. While you’re doing this, take stock if there are any other spots that you might’ve missed in the midst of the chaos.
Next, grab a bowl of water and some clean towels to rinse the spots you cleaned with the vinegar mixture. Don’t just dump the fresh water all over the seat—work slow and blot. Repeat as necessary.
Sop up as much dampness as possible with dry towels before switching over to a hairdryer to fully dry the spot. Leftover wetness could promote mold or mildew growth.
Hopefully, your boss won’t be too upset since you were trying to do the whole office a favor. Maybe she’ll even be impressed by your quick reaction time!
Incidents like this should be a reminder to make sure you (or your boss) have great car insurance—and aren’t overpaying for it. The Jerry app can help.
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Lauren Smith
Answered on Nov 22, 2021
Lauren has written for World Nomads, the Matador Network, Korvia Consulting, and once upon a time Three Fates Games. She graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a BFA in Creative Writing. After graduating, she moved overseas and lived in South Korea where she spent her free time traveling and going on road trips with friends. She misses the rest stop potatoes and is trying to figure out how to recreate them at home. She's now based outside of Chicago and when she's not writing she spends her free time reading, playing video games, and exploring whenever she can.
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