How to Remove the 3 Most Common Car Stains
Sometimes, it seems like keeping the carpet in your car clean is as impossible as fitting an elephant into a minivan. Kids with graham crackers, coffee cups haphazardly placed in cup holders and mud-encrusted shoes all contribute to making your car’s carpet look as if it belongs in an antique museum. If you want to make sure the carpet in your car stays in top condition, here are some tips that will help you remove the most common car stains.
Coffee. Everyone loves a cup-a-joe in the morning to make their daily commute better, but no one loves when a sudden stop sends this delicious beverage all over their car’s carpet.
If coffee somehow makes its way onto your carpet instead of in your mouth, be sure to dilute the spill immediately with cool water. Blot the area with paper towels or a clean rag. This should lift the majority of the stain almost immediately. If the stain still remains after it dries, spray the area with glass cleaner and let it sit for 15 minutes. Blot the area one more time and your carpet should look as good as new!
Road Salt. Winter is coming, which means the salt trucks are getting ready to make their rounds. In order to avoid the permanent crusty white stains that come hand in hand with the dispensing of salt, grab a spray bottle and make a ½ warm water and ½ white vinegar solution in it. Spray this solution on any area that has those pesky salt stains and press it with a dry terrycloth towel. Repeat the process until the stain is gone. This method will make sure your carpet shines this winter.
Vomit. Whether it’s from a carsick child or a sick dog, vomit is one stain you don’t want to let sit in your car for a long period of time. The easiest way to remove these types of stains is to both dilute and neutralize it—vomit is acidic and could cause some major damage to your carpets if not cleaned correctly.
Blot the area first to pick up any excess moisture and remove any pieces that might remain on the carpet. Now that the most disgusting part is over, sprinkle some baking soda over the area to neutralize the odor. Make a liquid cleaning solution by combining water and white vinegar with a dash of dishwashing liquid. Scrub the stain with the cleaning solution and then rinse the area with clean water. Afterwards, blot the area dry with a towel. This should keep a stain from forming and the stink of vomit from lingering.
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