If you are one of those people who love spending time on the road, and taking their kids for travel adventures – you surely know how dirty a car can get, in no time. Food and drinks spillage, car sickness, dust and dirt from the road, sweat, entering the car with wet clothes – all those leave quite unpleasant stains and smells in your car, making your travels far less pleasant.
Of course it is best to always bring your car to professional car interior cleaning now and then, to ensure thorough cleaning and hygienic environment for your family. But, you may also use some DIY cleaning tricks when you urgently need to restore the comfort and cleanliness of your car interior.
How to clean your car interior DIY?
Cleaning coffee stains on the car seats or car carpets
Dilute the stain with water and blot up with kitchen paper. Then spray some glass cleaner on the spot. Let the cleaning agent stay for 5-10 minutes and blot with kitchen paper again. Use a damp, clean white cotton cloth to remove any residue of the cleaning agent. Glass cleaners generally don’t leave a soapy residue so gently rub with the damp cloth. The stain should be gone! Let the surface dry up.
Cleaning pen ink stains from car upholstery
If travelling with kids, you are very likely to get pen ink stains, on what seem the most visible places in the car. Don’t worry – grab a hairspray and spray on the ink spots. Let it stay for 10 minutes and rub out using a damp cloth.
Cleaning carsickness stains
Carsickness stains, especially when travelling with small kids, are inevitable. Since the vomit is acidic, it can easily be cleaned with baking soda. Mix baking soda and water (or buy club soda) and pour over the stain. Do not saturate. Let it sit for 10 minutes and clean with a clean white cotton cloth.
Cleaning greasy stains on car upholstery
Greasy stains can be removed using paint thinner. Put some paint thinner on a white cotton cloth and rub the stain gently. Then, put some salt above the stain until it has soaked up the remaining grease. Vacuum.
It is good to test this over a small, invisible piece of the upholstery though, to make sure the fabrics does not get damaged or discoloured.
Cleaning general stains on car upholstery
After a long travel, we might be clueless about the nature of the stains since there would most probably be many of them. Mix 4 liters of hot water with a cup of dish detergent and a cup of white vinegar. Apply a small part of this mixture over each stain and rub with a bristle brush. Leave it for 30-40 minutes and blot up with kitchen paper.
These are a few simple cleaning methods that hardly pose any risk for damaging your car upholstery. If the stains do not get out using the above methods – you will need professional cleaning detergents or better, the assistance of a professional car interior cleaning company.