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Old 30-12-2016, 11:15 AM   #1
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Upholstery cleaning

Just wondering what other people's methods are on cleaning stubborn stains for seats and roof linings? I have seen some using a rotary polisher? Looked good? What kind of bonnet or attachment would you use for that

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Old 30-12-2016, 11:52 AM   #2
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I would never put any kind of power tool near a roof lining. They are famously delicate and I strongly suspect you'd ruin one in short order.

For seat fabric I just use 10% APC (Surfex HD as it happens) and a suitable brush. Lightly dampen fabric with APC, agitate with the brush using circular motions, wipe firmly with a close-loop pile MF towel dipped in warm water and wrung out hard. Repeat if needed. Never found a stain I couldn't shift with this method, and I have two small boys in the back of my car! That said this is on pretty tough Toyota upholstery, also works well on the slightly plusher fabrics in eg a Honda Jazz, but have never tried it on eg Alcantara or similar.

Roof linings need a pretty careful approach otherwise you'll get sagging and watermarks. I usually spray a very little 10% APC onto a damp MF and lightly dab / wipe the offending area. Then I blot dry with kitchen towel.
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Most important are the chemicals you use for cleaning, the rest is what you really prefer, and common sense

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Old 30-12-2016, 04:53 PM   #4
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Dedicated fabric cleaners for me, wowo's is a good one, strong enough for stains and dirt but light enough for Alcantara. Be v careful with the rooflining, a lot of manufacturers use cardboard glued behind the lining to aid soundproofing, they dont handle moisture well.
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Old 30-12-2016, 04:57 PM   #5
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Adams carpet and upholstery cleaner I find excellent. Spray it on brush it in, leave to dwell for 30seconds then rub off with a clean microfibre cloth. Have used this in the car and house it's brilliant even on baby sick!


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Surely steam cleaning is the best answer?

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I have seen videos on YouTube where people have had good results using steam to clean interiors including roof linings, but glue can be damaged by heat as well as water, so steam is another possibility but not a miracle cure. I also don't think it would be as effective as detergents on any kind of oily or greasy stain on upholstery.
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I have seen videos on YouTube where people have had good results using steam to clean interiors including roof linings, but glue can be damaged by heat as well as water, so steam is another possibility but not a miracle cure. I also don't think it would be as effective as detergents on any kind of oily or greasy stain on upholstery.
You can still use an apc/interior cleaner with a steam cleaner

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Personally I'd stay away from steam where adhesives are used/important for bonding like the roof liner.

I use 10% APC or dedicated upholstery cleaner (Swissvax fabric concentrate 1/3 mixed with sparkling water).
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Another vote for the Wowos upholstery cleaner. The fabric sealant is very good too
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