How to Remove Water Stains from Car Upholstery in 5 Easy Steps
October 31, 2016
Car upholstery is susceptible to all kinds of damage, from stains to tears to mold growth. When it comes to stains, water is the most common culprit, whether from a spill, rain pouring in or a passenger with wet clothes. So how do you remove water stains from car upholstery? Here are five easy steps.
5 Steps to Remove Water Stains from Car Upholstery
What causes water to stain? As water evaporates, it leaves mineral deposits behind. These deposits are the cause of the dark stains that mar the beauty of your car interior. You should clean water spots as soon as possible. The “fresher” the spots are, the easier it is to remove them.
Step 1 – Vacuum the Car Interior
Before starting off with trying to clean the offending spots directly, vacuum the car interior thoroughly to remove any dirt and debris attached to the seats and the carpets. If these particles come into contact with moisture they can create more stains.
Step 2 – Use an Appropriate Car Upholstery Cleaner
The first step to choosing a proper upholstery cleaner is to identify your upholstery material, i.e. cloth, vinyl, suede, leather, etc. Most upholstery cleaners work on all types of material but there are dedicated cleaners, especially for leather seats. If you want a homemade solution, mix equal parts of white vinegar and distilled water. But it is always recommended to purchase a quality cleaner because there’s no guarantee that this solution will not damage the material.
Instead of just targeting the water stains, use your upholstery cleaner on the entire seat. Let it soak for the duration specified in the instructions. Professionals also recommend that you use the selected cleaner first in a discreet spot in the upholstery to detect an unwelcome surprise such as color change.
Step 3 – Brush off Dirt and Debris
Use a soft-bristled brush to work the upholstery cleaner into the material. This is will ensure that all traces of mineral deposits and left-over dirt and debris will be removed. Be gentle as scrubbing the seats hard can damage the material.
Step 4 – Wipe the Seats
Once you complete step 3, use a clean dry light-colored towel to wipe the surface. Once the towel stops soiling, you know the upholstery is clean. Some upholstery cleaners require you to use a moist towel for this purpose but make sure it has been wrung out to get rid of extra water. You don’t want a dripping towel close to your newly cleaned upholstery!
Step 5 – Dry the Seats
Keep your windows rolled down to accelerate the drying process. You can also use a blow dryer or a fan to speed things up. We don’t recommend parking your car in direct sunlight as this can cause sun damage to the paint. Also, harsh sun rays can cause damage to upholstery, especially leather which will fade and crack over time due to sun exposure.
For the final touch, add car seat covers to protect your upholstery from various forms of damage. Although now you know how to easily remove water stains from car upholstery, prevention is always the best approach.
Do you want to revitalize the appearance of your car interior? Schedule an appointment with DetailXPerts for a complete transformation at the hands of our professionals.
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