How do you clean vinyl car seats?

What’s the best way to clean vinyl car seats? I have a toddler and she makes messes all the time. I’ve taken my car to professional cleaners about a dozen times, and the costs are starting to add up! I need to start cleaning them myself.

Kids may be messy, but your car doesn’t have to be! Cleaning your vinyl car seats can be an easy process when you follow these steps:
  • First, vacuum any debris or loose dirt from your seats.
  • Mix some warm water with a capful of laundry detergent, and pour it into a spray bottle.
  • Test your solution on an inconspicuous area of your car to make sure it reacts well with the vinyl.
  • Spray your seats generously, and wipe them down with microfiber cloths.
  • If you run into any particularly dirty or stained areas, use a soft-bristled brush to clean them more thoroughly.
  • Dry the seats with a clean microfiber cloth, and open the windows to help the residual moisture evaporate.
If you followed those steps, your car seats should look as good as new! In the future, you can take preventative measures to stop your car from getting messy—like putting down towels or keeping trash bags in the back for your kids to use.
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Liz Jenson
Answered on Nov 16, 2021

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