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How to Clean the Upholstery on the Interior of a Vehicle

How to Propely Clean Auto Seats

Hey guys, Brian here with Limelight Detailing in Boise, Idaho, and today I wanted to do a quick demonstration of hot water extraction and upholstery shampoo. And so we’re out here working on a Ford F-150 today, and we’re about to shampoo the backseat. I wanted to show you how we do that and why we do it.

What Tool Does Limelight Use to Clean Seats or Carpet in an Auto

You’ll see in a lot of our service descriptions, as well as just other auto detailers around the country, what they use is. There’s all kinds of different tools that guys use for auto upholstery. We use a Mytee Lite 8070 Carpet Extractor. It’s really important when you’re detailing cars, such as shampooing, that you’re using the proper type of extractor, and you’re extracting stuff out of the carpet with a vacuum system.

If you’re just steam cleaning, wiping things down or putting some kind of masking agent that has a scent over the top of it, you’re not actually cleaning the upholstery. It’s really important to us that, when we’re detailing the inside of a car, that we’re actually cleaning the upholstery and properly sanitizing it and pulling things out of the carpet and eliminating the issue, not just leaving them in the car.

What Product Does Limelight Detailing Use to Clean Upholstery

The product that we use is very similar to OxiClean, but this is an all natural product that we use. It doesn’t have any synthetics, dyes or weird odors on the inside of it. So when you’re going to put it on your upholstery, such as the carpet in your truck, it’s not going to leave any lingering smell or fragrance, which is really popular with a lot of our customers. They don’t like to have the synthetic smells or the artificial odors on the inside of their car.

How to Clean the Seats in Your Ford Truck

How we clean it is just spray directly on to the fabric, and you can use quite a bit. You don’t have to just mist it. I like to get it pretty wet because we are going to extract it, and you can tell whether or not you’ve given it enough spray if you see a lot of bubbles start to come up. That means that you’ve saturated it pretty well. Then what I’m going to use is a stiff bristle brush. You can find this at a lot of carpet cleaning stores, or maybe even a Home Depot or Lowe’s, it’s just a carpet cleaning brush. Then what I’m going to do is agitate the fabric and work it into the upholstery.

How Long Should the Cleaner Sit After Agitating the Upholstery?

The cleaner can sit for 30 seconds, maybe a minute. You don’t really have to let it sit there very long unless it’s something that’s really dirty.

How to Ensure Your Upholstery Gets Cleaned Properly

So we’ve worked the cleaner into the upholstery. Now you have all of the dirt, grime and cleaner stuck in the upholstery. There’s a lot of details that, at this point, they’d walk away and call it a day. They might even just try to wipe it down with a microfiber towel, but you’re not actually pulling all the garbage and grossness out of your upholstery. So that’s what we’re going to do right now with our carpet extractor. That’s just a quick demonstration of how we clean carpets and upholstery. What I love about the Mytee Lite 8070 is that it has enough pressure from the motor that it’s getting water into here, and then the vacuum is sucking everything up really strong. You leave with a nice clean car. There’s no weird residues or smells leftover. You know that your car is actually nice, clean and sanitized.

How to Get Your Vehicle Seats or Carpet Cleaned in Treasure Valley

If you have a dirty car, and need the carpet, upholstery or other fabrics on the inside of your vehicle that you’re looking to have freshened up, we’d love to do that for you. Check out our Interior Detail, Mini Detail, Classic or Limelight Detail Package. All of those include the process that you saw here today in this video. You can book your appointment now on our website or give us a call.

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