You just came back from the vet with your dogs and noticed that your car carpets are all soiled and covered with their hairs. You can go to get your car carpets, upholstery and entire interior get washed professionally, but at the same time, you can save some money and clean the carpets yourself.
Type of stains and how to remove them
If you are planning on cleaning your carpets and upholstery of the car, first of all, empty the car of all the stuff you keep in there.
- You can easily remove stains by spraying some glass cleaner on the spot. Let it sit, and then blot it out with a clean cloth or paper towels. Glass cleaner is very suitable for removing soils and stains from car upholstery and carpets because it doesn’t leave any soapy residue.
- For greasy and permanent stains on the carpets of your car, you can use a little paint thinner on a white cotton cloth and treat the stain. You may want to try the thinner on a small bit of the carpeting in the trunk or another hidden place first, to see if any discoloration occurs.
- Another neat tip to remove nasty stains from your car carpeting is to spray it with some hairspray and let it dry and fade out, and then rinse it away carefully with a cloth dabbed in some cool water.
- If your pet or kid vomited in the car, you should dilute it immediately with water and baking soda, and then wash it off with a cloth and cool water. Soak up the extra water with some paper towels or a dry cloth.
- For any alcohol spills on your car carpets, use water to dilute them first and then dry them off with a towel.
- Blood stains should be treated with a water and laundry starch paste which need to be let to dry and then rinsed out.
- In case your car carpet is faded, you can bring back the colour by mixing a cup of clear ammonia with 3 cups of water. Use a sponge to soak the faded carpet or the areas which have lost their colour.
- If your pets have left an unwanted odour after that ride to the vet, you can easily neutralise it by sprinkling the carpeting or upholstery with some Borax and letting it sit for about an hour before vacuuming it up. A couple of treatments with Borax will make sure the carpets are disinfected and any fleas or other insects re-killed.
- Coffee spills, which are one of the most common spills that happen to nearly every driver or passenger, can easily be treated with glass cleaning spray. Once again, glass cleaner is great for removing stains from your car carpets and upholstery, and best of all doesn’t leave any soapy residue.
To keep your car carpets well looking and to increase their durability, you should regularly clean them with a vacuum cleaner. Just like the carpets at home, the car carpets need regular vacuuming and cleaning in order to reduce the risk of damage to the fibres from the dirt and residue, and to keep them good looking and healthy.
In addition, to keep your rubber car mats looking as good as new, you should treat them with liquid shoe wax, which will keep them protected and will make them much easier to wash.