How to Get Stains Out of a Car Seat

Sticky dashboards, grubby handles and greasy steering wheels can all be solved with a swift wipe down, but what about the upholstery?

Often overlooked (although never under-used) our car seats receive a lot of wear and tear. From coffee to ketchup stains from those drive-thru mishaps, after a while your car seats can end up looking somewhat grubby. Here is how to tackle those unsightly car-seat stains.

How to clean car seat upholstery

Even if you’ve managed to avoid major spillages onto your car seats, over the course of time they will naturally start to look less than their best. Cleaning for upkeep is especially important for light coloured car seats to keep them from looking scruffy.

  1. For beautifully clean and fresh smelling car seat upholstery, simply follow these 3 easy steps using Vanish Gold Foam:
  2. Shake the can well and spray from an 80cm height over the area that needs treating. Always spray the carpet cleaner downwards, never upwards.
  3. Work in the foam using a colourfast clean brush or a clean damp mop/sponge. Leave for 2 hours, or until dry.
  4. Simply vacuum the seats thoroughly.

How to remove stains from a car seat

As with most types of stain it’s best to take immediate action as soon as you know about the stain, but what you do first will depend on the type of stain you’re dealing with.

For liquid stains such as coffee and fizzy drinks, you’ll need to blot the area with a damp cloth.

For ‘dry’ stains like mud and chocolate, you’ll need to start by scraping off any excess substance with something hard like a spoon or piece of card, as blotting them may just work the stain more into the fabric.

Once you’ve either brushed away the excess dry substance, or pre-blotted the spill, it’s time to use Vanish Carpet Cleaner + Upholstery, Gold Oxi Action Stain Remover Spray to treat the stain, following these simple steps:

  1. Spray the product onto the stain area blot gently.
  2. Let the product soak in for up to 5 minutes and then blot again.
  3. If the stain is particularly tough or dried in, repeat steps 1 and 2.

Our top tip for removing stains from car seats is to blot, not rub! When you rub at a stain you can often fray the fibres of the fabric, working the stain in deeper, and potentially damaging your item.

How to clean a child or baby’s car seat

Cleaning a baby’s car seat can involve all different kinds of stain, from food to juice, bodily fluids to crayon and ink! So, it’s best to first remove the seat from the car to give yourself a little more space to work.

  1. Remove the car seat and untie the belts and straps.
  2. If you’re dealing with a serious mess, wipe away any chunks or debris and vacuum the car seat thoroughly.
  3. If your car seat has a removable cover, take this off and pop it in a wash with (or, as advised by the car seat brand) with Vanish Gold Oxi Action Stain Remover Gel.
  4. If your car seat is not removable, follow the steps for how to clean car seat upholstery.

Much like cleaning the permanent upholstery in your car, removing stains from a baby’s car seat works best if done soon after the damage is done.