How do you shampoo car carpet?

How do I shampoo my car’s interior? I’m an Uber driver and I was unlucky enough to have someone throw up in my car yesterday.

Oof! I’m sorry to hear about that. Let’s get your car looking (and smelling) like it used to.
Shampooing your car’s carpet is indeed the best way to remedy this situation. Here’s what you need to do:
  • First, clear out your car, then vacuum it to prepare the carpet for cleaning and scrubbing.
  • Next, remove the floor mats. They will need to be cleaned separately.
  • Then, gather appropriate shampooing supplies, including spray-on carpet shampoo, stain remover, and a stiff-bristled brush.
  • If you notice any problematic stains, then pretreat them before shampooing.
  • While your stains are being treated, clean the floor mats by spraying them with shampoo or all-purpose cleaner (depending on the material). Then, scrub them with a stiff brush, rinse them well, and hang them vertically to dry.
  • At this point, spray the carpet with shampoo. Then, scrub the carpet using your brush.
  • Soak up any extra moisture. Do so by firmly pressing a clean, dry towel along the freshly treated carpet. Move the towel in one single direction, rather than back and forth. Continue to do that until you’ve removed the majority of the dampness.
  • Roll down your windows and/or open the doors to ensure your car is well-ventilated in order to fully dry. Leaving the car damp and closed up may invite mold growth.
And there you have it, clean car floors—just like new!
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Hana Sabah
Answered on Oct 20, 2021

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