How to Clean Cloth Truck Seats
July 16, 2015
A well detailed truck will not only have a shiny exterior, but also a clean, stain-free interior. Because of their quick absorbing nature, cloth truck seats are more vulnerable to spills, stains, dirt and grime. If you put off cleaning the seats, it can result in permanent damage. This is a step-by-step guide on how to clean cloth truck seats properly with the right products and cleaning techniques.
How to Clean Cloth Truck Seats in 5 steps
1. Vacuum the entire truck interior
Before you start cleaning the seats, vacuum the entire truck interior using a high power vacuum. Reach every nook and crevice to get rid of dust and dirt to make sure that there won’t be particles circling in air that will settle on the wet seats.
2. Use a upholstery cleaner
The next step is using an upholstery cleaner to get rid of all the spills, stains, dirt and grime that are marring the appearance of your truck interior. For this purpose, it is mandatory that you use an upholstery cleaner, and not generic soap or cleaner fluid made for other purposes. Also, make sure that the upholstery cleaner can be safely used on cloth seats.
Don’t spray all seats at the same time, but work on small areas. After spraying the cleaner, let it sit for a few minutes.
3. Use a soft bristle brush to scrub the seats
After an area has properly absorbed the cleaner, use a soft bristle brush to scrub the seats. Rub the stains especially vigorously. However, don’t apply too much pressure because it can wear out the fabric. This is also a potential hazard of using generic cleaning material.
4. Let the cleaner dry or use water to rinse it off
After the scrubbing process, let the cleaner dry. Most cleaners in the market will not require you to use water to rinse the seats, but if it is necessary, use a very little amount of water. Do not soak the seats.
5. Spritz the seats with fabric protector
This is an additional step towards protecting your cloth seats. A fabric protector will repel dirt and grime and make it easier for you to clean spills next time. Spray the seats with this product after the cleaner/water has completely dried.
Steam cleaning cloth truck seats
Steam cleaning is ideal for cleaning cloth truck seats. It is an environmental friendly method which won’t leave harmful vapors behind and/or damage the seats with chemicals. The heat of the steam will break down the molecules of dirt and grime more effectively and it will also eliminate any bacteria and germs on the seats as well. However, you have to be very careful when handling high heat, because it can damage the seats quickly.
Cleaning cloth truck seats can be a challenging task, but only if you are not equipped with the necessary products and tools and most importantly, knowledge. By following our guide on how to clean cloth truck seats, you can easily restore their good appearance.
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