Best Ways to Keep Your Car Upholstery Clean

Maintaining your car’s interior is just as important as keeping the exterior clean. Many people spend almost as much time in their cars as they do in their actual homes. Because of this it’s good for both your health and the longevity of your car’s interior, to deep clean it occasionally. 

Although it might seem like a tedious task, cleaning your car’s upholstery doesn’t have to be difficult as long as you know what you’re doing. To help you out, we’ve prepared this quick guide that will show you all the tips and tricks you need to not only maintain your car’s interior but also perform your very own car upholstery cleaning.

Start by vacuuming

Cleaning the interior of your car isn’t something that most people do too often, however it’s recommended that you clean the inside of your vehicle once a month. Thoroughly vacuuming your car seats makes the rest of the cleaning process much easier. This does not only remove dust, dirt and food crumbs from your upholstery but also prevents it from getting pushed in further into the seat padding. 

It is recommended to use a soft brush so you can comfortably clean all the creases in the seats.

How to clean leather upholstery

Nowadays, leather upholstery has become the standard for many car manufacturers. Although it is fairly resistant to stains and usually deals well with wear and tear, it can start to stiffen and crack if it isn’t cleaned properly. 

After vacuuming it’s time to apply a specialised leather cleaner. When purchasing one, make sure to choose a more mild one as stronger ones can strip the leather of its natural oils. If you’re not sure which one suits your car the best, make sure to ask the employees in the store for an opinion.

Once you’ve chosen your cleaning product, rub it into the seats with a sponge or microfiber cloth using a circular motion. After you’re done, let the product do it’s magic and let it sit for a while. Most products recommend being left to dry naturally, so it’s best to clean your car upholstery on a day where you won’t necessarily need to use your vehicle. If you want to speed the process up, you can leave your windows slightly open to allow moisture to escape. 

How to clean cloth upholstery

Cloth interiors are becoming harder to find, especially in newer models, however if you own an older car or simply chose to stray away from the leather options, it’s still a good idea to occasionally perform a thorough car seat cleaning.

When you’re choosing your detergent, cloth gives you a bit more leniency compared to leather. Most regular upholstery cleaners will do the job just fine. Before cleaning all of your car’s upholstery, start by spraying a less visible area and make sure it doesn’t damage that area before moving on. When applying the cleaner make sure to damp the areas and not soak them completely as it will dry much slower and can potentially damage the material.

After letting the detergent sit for a few minutes, take a clean microfibre cloth and gently rub the affected area to dry it as much as possible. Leaving your windows slightly open will also speed up the drying process just like with leather seats. 

Choose a mild cleaner, as strong ones can hurt the leather

If you’re not sure which one suits your car the best, make sure to ask the employees in the store for an opinion.

Consider car seat covers

Regularly cleaning your car seats will ensure they look as good as new for years to come, however not everyone has the time to put in the necessary effort. We advise those people to look into temporary seat covers. Nowadays there are plenty of models available that you should be able to find one’s that you like. If not, you can always get custom made ones to fit your needs perfectly. Most covers are extremely easy to put on and just as easy to take off and throw in the washing machine. 

If that doesn’t sound like something for you, then you can always take your car to professional upholstery cleaners. At Clean Expert our qualified experts are ready to take your vehicle and make it’s upholstery look as good as new in no time. Visit our website, book a quote and relax knowing your car is in the most reliable hands possible. 


  • George Kosev

    George Kossev is a highly experienced and dedicated carpet cleaning specialist with over 15 years of expertise in providing top-quality carpet care solutions. As the owner of Clean Expert, George has built a reputation for excellence, reliability, and unparalleled customer service in the carpet cleaning industry.