If you have pets or kids, or you are just a messy driver—I mean, who is 100% perfect at keeping a car clean?—then you probably have faced a few car upholstery stains in your lifetime. While this problem might be annoying and a waste of your time, it can certainly be dealt with without leaving your car dirty forever. Without further ado, here are four easy upholstery stain removal tricks you can pull out of your sleeve when you suddenly see a stain in your car:
Use Baking Soda
When you see a stain in your car, do not feel hopeless. It can be removed. A great upholstery stain removal trick to use is baking soda. Baking soda is a gift from the gods. No matter what kind of stain you have on hand, whether your kids dumped a container of spaghetti and tomato sauce all over your seats or your pets peed on the carpets, baking soda is the answer to your problems. First, be sure to scrub the stain (or stains) with a wet cloth then rub baking soda all over the stain. Keep rubbing the stain until you notice it getting lighter. You can also rub some baking soda into the stain and let it rest overnight, as it can absorb all the oils in the stain.
Use a Mild Laundry Detergent
You can also use a mild laundry detergent (you know, the one you use to wash your delicates) to remove the stain. You can combine this trick with the above baking soda trick or you can try to use it on its own and see how well the stain reacts. Stains that are not oil-based can typically be removed easily with this upholstery stain removal trick.
Try Putting Salt on the Stain (if it is oil-based)
Just like baking soda, salt can absorb oil from oil-based stains. So if you have tomato sauce or a salad dressing on your car seat, you can get rid of it by placing salt on it. You should leave the salt to sit there for some time until you notice the stain has dried completely. Then you can either use baking soda or a laundry detergent (or both) to wash away the stain.
Remove Soda and Milk Stains with Water
Gentle stains, such as soda and milk stains, sometimes can be removed without using any products. You can try cleaning these stains with water, by soaking a cloth with a bit of water and rubbing at the stain). Usually, these stains come off easily this way. If not, you can try the first two tricks listed above
What do you think of these tricks? If you find yourself with a dreadful car stain, try out these four easy upholstery stain removal tricks and see how effective they are.