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We've done a few winter trips with kids jumping in and out of the car covered in snow, which then melted leaving seats wet on occasion. The other day I looked at seat surfaces more closely, and saw the staining/discoloration as shown in the enclosed picture.
Has anything experienced anything similar? Any ideas on how to remedy this?
This is my first car with cloth seats in ages, and the light color of the upholstery is not doing me any favors.
Last Edit: Mar 10, 2016 21:26:56 GMT -5 by afadeev
Post by tommoloughney on Mar 10, 2016 20:34:29 GMT -5
Sorry about that. In a past life I owned an automobile detailing company, so I'm familiar with cleaning stains. I used an extractor but I doubt you have access to one. However this product (see link below) is awesome for removing upholstery stains. Use it with a wet/dry vac to remove the excess solution and dirt and you'll be fine:
Quick update - thanks to Tom and everyone else for suggestions on remedies, on and off line.
I ordered all of the recommended products, and all worked... fractionally. Then I rolled out our wet vacuum cleaner (or whatever those things are called), and it took the stains out after 2-3 cycles.
Fast forward to today, and my kids are now jumping in and out of the car on the way to/from the pool. Guess what happens in you put a wet but on a seat - the water drying line leaves a stain!
It looks like the stain forms when water dissolves whatever fabric stain-repellent chemicals are embedded in the seat fabric. After the water dries up, the over-saturation of those chemicals at the drying line is visible as a stain.
At least now I know how to fix it (before lease return date).