If you are someone who basically lives out of their car, you’re going to want to keep reading.  You have kids toys and remains of their snacks buried into your seats. Foot prints on the back of your seat, coffee spills throughout the front, and who knows what’s being stored inside your trunk!  To wrap up our Spring Cleaning Series, we’ve created a simple step-by-step guide to get your families vehicle back in shape and ready for all your summer adventures.  Our car upholstery cleaning tips are easy to follow and you’ll be done in no time!

Step 1: Empty it out

Before you start cleaning, remove any items that have been left in the car.  Don’t forget to clear out / organize your glove box and center counsel.  Remove any car seats, seat protectors, and any other items that are in the car.  The cleaning process will work best with a completely empty car.

Step 2: Vacuuming

It’s best to use your home vacuum for this step- it holds more power and will be better equipped to suck out deep seated dirt.  Take advantage of any attachments your vacuum has in order to get into the crevices of seats and carpets to remove crumbs, dirt, or pet hair.

Remove your floor mats to access areas underneath them; as well as, the areas underneath and on the side of your seats  Next, you’ll want to vacuum your car mats thoroughly to prepare for the next step of the process.

Step 3: Cleaning Carpets and Floor mats

You’ll want to begin this step as soon as you’ve completed vacuuming your car mats.  Your mats will take a significant time to dry so if possible set them in the sun or near a fan.  Brushing the mats with a scrubbing brush and a mild detergent, is the best solution to remove dirt from shoes and any liquid spills that might have occurred.

Step 4:  Cleaning Seats

Upholstered Seats: Using a clean brush and the same mild detergent specifically made for car upholstery.  You will want to follow the directions on the bottle for application.  Make sure to leave windows down to allow air to circulate and help to dry the car.  Closing the car up without drying might cause a musty smell to form in the car.

Leather Seats: It is best practice when cleaning leather areas, to clean small sections at a time.  Using a warm damp rag, begin at the head rest. Once the entire section has been cleaned with the warm rag, dry off using a clean dry rag.  Repeat this process on the rest of the leather in the car.

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About AmeriClean, Inc.

AmeriClean, Inc was established in 1986 by Bob Eriks in a small warehouse as a provider of Fire Damage Restoration for Northwest Indiana.  Fast forward to today and AmeriClean’s services include CarpetUpholsteryAir Duct,  Area Rug, Ceramic Tile Cleaning; as well as: Water Damage Restoration,Fire Damage Restoration and Mold Remediation.  With 30 years of experience, AmeriClean, Inc. is now a leading name in residential and commercial properties for cleaning and restoration needs.  For more information, visit our website or call 800.654.9101.