How do you clean fabric on your car’s roof?

I recently bought my car from a long-time smoker and there's still some lingering odor. The other day my friend pointed out the roof was stained. I think that's where the smell is coming from. How can I clean the fabric of my car's roof?

Since smoke rises, cleaning the roof will help the smell a ton! Follow these steps and your car should smell noticeably fresher:
  • Apply a fabric or upholstery cleaner to a dry cloth. Work in small areas to avoid oversaturating the roof. Doing so will also allow you to see the stain removal process.
  • Blot stained area.
  • Let cleaner sit for at least ten minutes.
  • Blot with water to remove cleaner.
  • Let dry.
  • Check odor. If the smell persists, repeat the steps.
Should the fabric dry and the odor remain, consider taking your car to a detailer. They’ll have professional cleaning supplies and steamers, which can help get rid of the odor for good.
Once your roof is smelling good as new, find the best car insurance possible for that new car of yours.
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Will Baldwin
Answered on Nov 01, 2021

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