How to Remove a Dirt Stain From Cloth Car Seats

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If you are an outdoors lover, there is little doubt that you have tracked dirt inside your vehicle at some point. Muddy soccer players or dirty mountain hikers find a seat in your car, leaving behind an ugly stain. These stains are typically non-greasy, making removal a much easier proposition. Begin with mild forms of cleaning before graduating to heavy-duty products that will attack the stain.

Things You'll Need

  • Clean towels
  • Sponge
  • Spray bottle
  • Detergent
  • White vinegar
  • Foaming upholstery cleanser
  • Baking soda
  • Car vacuum
  • Scrape or brush off any dirt and debris on the car seat. You can vacuum out the dirt later.

  • Soak a clean towel in cold water and blot the stained area. Gently rub the towel on the stain, attempting to absorb the dirt.

  • Add some mild laundry detergent if water alone fails to remove the stain. Use a sponge to lightly scrub the area.

  • Mix together equal parts water and white vinegar in a spray bottle. Coat the stain with the vinegar solution and blot dry with a clean towel.

  • Apply a foam cleaning product designed for car interiors, available at most auto retail centers. Follow the product's directions for removing stains.

  • Sprinkle baking soda on the car seat and allow it to sit for at least 15 minutes. Baking soda acts as a cleaning agent, and it will also remove any odor associated with the stain. Vacuum all visible dirt and baking soda from the car seat.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a hair dryer to dry the area if the car seat is needed immediately. An extension cord or a cigarette lighter adapter allow you to use a hair dryer inside your vehicle.
  • Harsh detergents may set the stain further and are not recommended in this application.

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