At American Wear, we know stains – especially automotive stains. We can take care of the stains in your uniforms, but when it comes to upholstery, you’re on your own. After a long day in the shop, it’s never a surprise to find an ugly stain or two on the seats of your personal car. But before you go in for a full detail, try these quick and easy stain removing tips:

Basic Care

  • If possible, clean spills immediately. Dilute them with cold water, and blot with a clean, white towel.
  • Vacuum seats regularly. It keeps dirt and debris out of your car and makes spot-cleaning easier.
  • Don’t allow smoking. It not only leaves and odor, but over time will start to discolor fabric and upholstery.

Spot and Stain Removal

  • Most stains can be removed with a simple solution containing household ingredients, so try this before using heavy-duty cleaners. Combine 1 cup Dawn blue dish soap, 1 cup white vinegar, and 1 cup club soda in a spray bottle, and shake to mix. Spray liberally over the stained areas and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Then scrub circles with a scrub brush and wipe off any excess liquid with a clean towel. Repeat the process for any lingering stains.
  • For heavy stains involving grease or oil, a stronger concoction may be necessary. Take either ammonia or peroxide (but not both) and dilute it with one part water, one part cleaner. Moisten a cloth lightly with the mixture, and then gently blot the stained area. Follow up by blotting the wet area with a dry cloth, and repeat the wet/dry process until the stain is removed. End the process with a clean water rinse and dry.

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