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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.


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