|Remove those stubborn stains
WITH children running in and out of the car,
your average car interior can be easy prey
for a myriad of stains and odours.
Fabrics are more likely to stain than vinyl or leather. The best
treatment for carpets and fabric is a spray-on fabric guard product. To
protect vinyl and leather, simply use your favourite cleaner and protectant
on a regular basis.
When the inevitable happens, and your three-year-old drops his
mustard-loaded hot dog on your brand-new velour upholstery, stay calm.
Remove as much of the spill as possible by blotting, not wiping, with paper
napkins, paper towels, etc. Don't let the stain sit too long before you get
to work on it. Within a day or two, most spills will set and permanently
stain your upholstery, or become very difficult to remove.
Even without protection, you would be amazed at how easy it is to clean
up most stains with nothing more than a neutral detergent and water. A
neutral detergent has a pH of 7 (on a scale of 0 to 14). Neutral detergents
will not bleach fabric or re- move fabric protection.
Use a spatula or a putty knife to remove as much of the solid material as
possible. The vacuum can also be a lifesaver by removing large particles of
any substance that would stain if you rubbed it or moved it around. The idea
is to remove as much of the contamination as possible before you begin
wiping or scrubbing.
Next, spray the stain heavily with the detergent, and allow it a minute
or so to work. Don't scrub the stain just yet. Use a towel and blot it up.
Spray the stain again, and use a scrub brush with warm water to scrub the
stain. This should remove the remaining elements of the stain material.