Q. How do I clean automotive upholstery?
A. Automotive upholstery cleaning is approached much like standard carpet cleaning. For light touch-ups you can use a foaming shampoo, or an encapsulation cleaner with a brush or car wash mitt. Use approved spot removers for coffee, tar, ink, grease, etc. not readily removed by the shampoo or encap process. Apply the spotter to a towel and gently blot. Towel-dry the upholstery when finished cleaning.
You will find most floor mats heavily soiled and will require hot water extraction. The process would be to pre-spray with a heavy duty carpet traffic lane cleaner or a premium pre-conditioner. Agitate with a horsehair brush, or soft nylon bristle brush. Another method for agitation is to use a car wash mitt and then extract with an upholstery wand using clear hot water in a portable extractor. Again, towel dry when finished and allow good airflow to reduce the drying time.
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