Even if you limit your passengers to drinking only water in your car, your seats may still be susceptible to unsightly stains caused by spills. However, there are effective ways to eliminate these stubborn water stains and restore your seats to their pristine condition.
Spray extraction device against water stains
Spray extraction devices (AD) are the most effective method for removing water stains from car upholstery. These devices push clean water deep into the fibers of the seats and simultaneously suction it up, resulting in a thorough and even cleaning of the surface. These devices are available for rent at hardware stores and drugstores, and can also provide an opportunity for a complete car wash.
Remove water stains with foam cleaners
Foam cleaners specifically designed for upholstered car seats can be purchased at petrol stations, hardware stores, or online (e.g. on Amazon). These cleaners are easy to use and highly effective. To prevent any color differences after cleaning, it is recommended to spray the entire seat surface. Alternatively, shaving foam can be used as a substitute. Simply apply the foam to the affected area and after a short exposure time, remove the residue with a damp cloth. It’s important to dry the seats thoroughly to prevent the water stains from reappearing. A dry cloth or careful use of a blow dryer can be used to dry the seats.
Sparkling and distilled water
At first glance, using water to remove water stains may seem counterintuitive. However, soda can be surprisingly effective in loosening these stains. Simply sprinkle the stains with soda and use a kitchen towel to soak up any excess moisture. Next, dampen a clean cloth with distilled water and gently dab the edges of the stains, working from the outside in. Finally, use a dry cloth or gentle blow dryer to dry the seats thoroughly.
Remove water stains with household cleaners
You may already have some cleaning and household remedies in your pantry that can be repurposed for removing water stains.
- Glass cleaner: To remove water stains, you can spray colorless glass cleaner onto the affected area and let it sit for a short period of time. Then, use a damp cloth to wipe away any residue.
- Detergent: Liquid detergent can be used similarly to foam cleaners to remove water stains from car seats. Mix a small amount of detergent in a bowl of warm water and rub it onto the affected area. Allow it to sit for a short period of time, then use a damp cloth to wipe away any residue. Finally, be sure to thoroughly dry the seats.
- Baking soda: Create a paste by mixing a small amount of baking soda and water, and apply it to the water stains on the car seat. Let the paste sit for a few minutes before removing it with a damp cloth. This method is not only effective at removing the stains, but it can also help eliminate any unpleasant odors.
- Salt: If you are dealing with fresh water stains that are still damp, sprinkling salt on them immediately can be helpful. The salt will draw out the fluid from the seat. Then, remove the salt and dab the edges of the stain with distilled water. This should prevent water stains from forming.