How to Clean Car Seat Covers

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Motorists and parents giving their car a thorough cleaning might want to strip off the passenger and infant or toddler car seat covers and wash them as well. During the course of normal driving, vehicles become dirty and car seat covers bear the brunt of spills and stains. Cleaning car seat covers gives them a fresher, newer look and also improves the car's interior smell.

  • Remove the car seat covers from the vehicle. Unstrap or untie the cover's straps entirely and gently and evenly pull the cover from the seats.

  • Read the manufacturer's care label on the underside of the seat cover. If you have the original packaging, retrieve the installation or owner's manual. Generally, car seat covers cannot be put into a dryer and must be washed on a gentle cycle.

  • Presoak stained seat covers with a gentle stain remover for at least one hour. Place the car seat covers into a clothes washer. Wash on the "cold" cycle with a gentle liquid detergent.

  • Dry the car seat covers. Hang the washed seat covers from a clothesline and allow to air-dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Unless the manufacturer recommends drying the car seat covers in a clothes dryer, do not dry covers in a machine dryer -- this causes shrinkage, making the covers too small to be reinstalled.

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References

  • "Automotive Detailing: A Complete Car Care Guide for Auto Enthusiasts and Detailing Professionals"; Don Taylor; 1998
  • "Household Cleaning: Self-Sufficiency"; Rachelle Strauss; 2009
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