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How To Clean Fabric Seats & Carpet

How To Clean Fabric Seats & Carpet

If something spills inside a vehicle, it doesn't just make the interior look awful but also may leave a bad odor. Cleaning fabric seats may be seem tedious due to the sensitive material. Fabric seats may be cleaned using a drill and a Chemical Guys Drill Attachment Brush. It will be quick and easy and no stain will stand a chance against you.

The key to cleaning seats the proper way is knowing what material you are working with. Some seats may be a lot more sensitive than others, such as perforated seats. Perforated seat should not be over saturated and must be treated with caution. We recommend cleaning fabric seats with Fabric Clean. Chemical Guys Fabric Clean is an upholstery shampoo that removes stubborn stains from carpets and seats. Chemical Guys manufactures 3 different types of brushes with different types of nylon bristles to attack any stain. The Red Brush is for Heavy Duty, Yellow is Medium Duty and the Gray one is for light, superficial stains. Now it’s time for cleaning!

Getting Started

Remove all large items from interior. With smaller items, we recommend placing them in a plastic bag and storing them in a safe place. Then, you may begin vacuuming the interior of the vehicle.

Once the vehicle has all large items out of the interior, continue with the vacuum step. Vacuuming is a key step when it comes to removing stains from fabric seats because it picks up all loose dirt and debris from the surface.

Check to see what kind of stain you are working with. Light stains can be removed with Lightning Fast Stain Extractor. Just simply spray the surface and scrub with the Nifty Detailing brush and wipe off any residue. For heavy duty stains, we recommend Fabric Clean, as it easily breaks down contaminants, filth, and stains from any fabric surface inside a vehicle.

Once you have your choice of chemical ready and diluted properly, begin to saturate the area you will be working on depending on the level of grime it’s in. If it’s a light stain, lightly saturate the surface, and if it’s pretty bad, then allow moderately saturate the surface. Do NOT oversaturate the surface because you will have a lot of excess cleaning you will have to do in order to absorb the product and filth that comes of it.

Cleaning Fabric Seats

Time Needed

15 - 25 minutes





What Else You’ll Need

  • Vacuum
  • Drill Brush
  • Drill
  • Nifty Interior DetailBrush
  • Workhorse Microfiber Towel

By Hand Brush

Nifty Interior Detail Brush

Start off by analyzing the stain or grime on the fabric to tell which Nifty Brush you will need. If the stain is superficial, use the black Standard Nifty Interior Detail Brush. If the stain is super heavy, we recommend the yellow bristle Heavy Duty Nifty Interior Detail Brush.

Begin to scrub the surface with your Nifty Interior Detail Brush up and down and left to right in a 2x2 cross-hatch motion. Continue to saturate the area is necessary throughout the scrubbing process to actively work the product. Buff off any leftover residue product and grime with a Workhorse microfiber towel.

By Drill Brush

Drill Brush Attachment

Start off by analyzing the stain or grime on the fabric to tell which Drill Brush Attachment you will need. If the stain is superficial, use the Gray Light Duty Brush. If the stain is super heavy, we recommend the Red Heavy Duty brush. If you are not sure, use the Yellow Medium Brush. Once you have chosen the brush, insert the drill brush to your drill and securely tighten it.

Turn on your drill brush attachment on a low-moderate speed and begin to work the surface in a 2x2 cross-hatch motion. Repeat the cross-hatch motion about 2 times for light grime and 3 or 4 times if moderate/heavy grime.

By Towel

Workhorse Microfiber Towel

Analyze the level of grime and make modifications on your product dilution ratio if necessary. Use a Yellow Workhorse Microfiber Towel (Interior) for wiping down the surface of the fabric or carpet.

Begin by saturating the surface that you will be working on either lightly for light grime and moderately for medium/heavy grime. Gently and vigorously agitate the surface in a cross-hatch motion to pick up grime. Use a dry workhorse towel to buff off any residue and grime.

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