Stains in Car??? Don’t Worry

There’s nothing worse than buying a new car, and weeks later, it looks more lived-in than a 100-year-old house. Drive-thru food and drinks, kids with sticky candy, and drooling Fido also do their fair share toward making your car’s interior — be it leather, cloth, or carpet — look beaten and worn. By maintaining the appearance of the vehicle inside as well as out, you retain the value of the car, which will help you when it’s time to trade it in or sell it. Here are a few helpful hints to help you tackle the spills and spots.

1. Though you should never drink and drive, if alcohol spills while on your way home from the grocery store, beer and alcohol spills on your carpeting should be immediately diluted with cold water so they don’t permanently change the color.
2. To clean vinyl seats quickly, wipe them down with baking soda on a damp rag. Rinse with dishwashing detergent and water. Baking soda is more gentle on vinyl than oil-based cleaners, which will cause the vinyl to harden.
3. For general carpet or upholstery stains, take a gallon of hot water, a generous amount of dish detergent, and add a cup of white vinegar. You’ll need a hard bristle brush to work the mixture thoroughly into carpet fibers. Let sit for 30 minutes. Blot until dry with towels or thick absorbent rags. (This works for pet stains).
4. To brighten a fading carpet, first vacuum, then use a sponge mop to lightly apply a mixture of a half cup clear ammonia to one pint of water. Test this mixture on a discrete area of carpeting of first. Note: Do not use ammonia on wool carpeting.
5. To keep car mats looking new, wax them with a liquid shoe wax polish. This will also make them easier to rinse clean.
For best practice you can also try a commercial cleaner for your car interior. I used and believe in Crypton Cleaner. It helps me to remove stains as well as odor. You can also check it at Crypton’s official site.

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~ by gizmoghost on May 15, 2008.

One Response to “Stains in Car??? Don’t Worry”

  1. That’s great tip i have seen

    Thanks

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