Car cleaning may look like an easy job to the public because it takes such a short time, so it couldn’t be that hard. Yet that could not be further from the truth.
To achieve that clean, soft feel for your car, there are a lot of things that are considered and car carpet cleaning is at the heart of car cleaning and applies for both professional car wash and home car cleaning.
For the professionals, there is modern technology that has come to your aid, in terms of better equipment, materials and cleaning fluid. With or without these techniques, there are some issues that require different tactics to give better service and have better results. This is especially so for those hard to reach places of a vehicle, and some types of stains that are quite stubborn.
Here are tips for DIY car carpet cleaning
Steam or Shampoo?
- Grease or coffee stains – Use a solution of one-part liquid dish soap, one-part club soda and one-part vinegar. Spray it over the stained areas and let it sit for a while then scrub the area. To dry faster, you can steam dry the area, or simply wait it out.
- Paint thinner rubbed on greasy spots may get rid of them. Once you rub it on, you can put salt or cornmeal on the stain to absorb the grease overnight, then vacuum. Do try the paint thinner on a discrete area of your car’s carpet first to ensure it won’t change the color.
- Blood stains – Cover with paste of dry laundry starch and cold water. Once it dries, you can brush the residue off.
- Vomit – You might get such on the car due to carsickness, or the result of a wild night of drinking. Neutralize this stain using club soda or water mixed with baking soda.
- Alcohol spills – These may discolor your carpet. They need to be diluted with hot water immediately. Do remember not to drink and drive.
- Ink stains – Did your pen leak all over your upholstery? Try some hairspray on the area. Salt may also work, just let it sit there then brush it off.
- Stains from drinks – One part dish soap and two parts hydrogen peroxide sprayed on the area will fix this.
- Pet hairs – use an air compressor to blast the hairs out, then brush the material using nitrile gloves. A pumice stone or pet brush may also work.
Everyone has their preferences for the car. Using shampoo does bring great results without causing damages in future, thus it is the best option.
Generally, to get a clean car at home, you can use hot water, dish detergent and a cup of white vinegar. Use a hard brush to work the mixture into the carpet fibers, let it sit then use towels to dry it.
It is always good to take your car for a professional cleaning every once in a while. Do visit Franklin Carpet Cleaners
, the leading car carpet cleaning service in the Tennessee area.