Stains Be Gone! How to Clean Car Upholstery And Carpet
Spills, greasy food, ink, pet stains, all of these are potential hazards to your upholstery. Once these stains set in, ordinary cleaners are not going to get very far in removing them. You need something designed to clean car upholstery specifically, penetrate the stain and remove it without damaging the upholstery itself. We think we have found just the stuff.
Using Upholstery Cleaner
A couple of months ago, we used some Turtle Wax products on a Buick GS convertible with a seriously dingy top. The Turtle Wax Power Out! Upholstery Cleaner did an amazing job on the canvas top, so now it is time to put it to the test – drink stains on a fabric seat. These seats have not been treated with any kind of stain protection, so they really soaked up the grunge. Can the Turtle Wax product get it out?
To start, the seat was swept off. This is to rid the crevices of any crumbs. Next, the Power Out! Upholstery Cleaner was sprayed onto the offending area and then scrubbed with the built-in brush on the top of the can.
Once the foam had been thoroughly worked into the seat, we used a dry shop towel to blot up any remaining foam.
After a few minutes, the seat was dry and the results were in. The Power Out did an amazing job of removing the stains, the section that had been cleaned looks brand new. Now we just need to set the kids to work so they can get the entire seat looking new.
While we could have found some stains on the carpet to clean up, black carpet doesn’t show stains nearly as well as tan house carpet. Additionally, there was a particularly nasty stain in a child’s bedroom that had proven impossible to remove.
Here is the story- a 9-year old boy likes to shut his door with a cat inside his room. The cat then proceeded to, well, “use the lavatory” on the floor. It was not found for several days, by which time, the mess had soaked into the fibers of the carpet and nothing would touch it. So we put the Turtle Wax Power Out! Carpet Cleaner to the test.
The room had been recently vacuumed, so we skipped that step. Just like the upholstery cleaner, the carpet cleaner was applied to the stain
Then we scrubbed like crazy with the built-in brush. If we had a larger area, we would have used a separate brush, but the can brush works for small areas like this.
Once the foam was gone, you could see the process was working. We used a clean, dry towel to wipe up any excess moisture and then let the area dry.
The nasty stain is now history, like it never happened.
Once again, Turtle Wax’s Power Out! proves to be an effective tool against the most stubborn stains. This will remain a staple in our supply closet for sure.
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A life-long gearhead, Jefferson Bryant spends more time in the shop than anywhere else. His career began in the car audio industry as a shop manager, eventually working his way into a position at Rockford Fosgate as a product designer. In 2003, he began writing tech articles for magazines, and has been working as an automotive journalist ever since. His work has been featured in Car Craft, Hot Rod, Rod & Custom, Truckin’, Mopar Muscle, and many more. Jefferson has also written 4 books and produced countless videos. Jefferson operates Red Dirt Rodz, his personal garage studio, where all of his magazine articles and tech videos are produced.
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