Recent Topics
Briggs and Stratton valve clearance
by supton - 05/29/20 02:38 PM
50 cal. shell
by Donald - 05/29/20 01:52 PM
Fleet Farm Rotella T6 Sale + Shell Rebate
by shibby6600 - 05/29/20 01:26 PM
QS Ultimate Durability 5W-30
by js1956 - 05/29/20 12:51 PM
KPVD Eerily Deserted
by wings&wheels - 05/29/20 12:24 PM
BMW N55 Recommendations
by BSchmidt25 - 05/29/20 10:21 AM
Castrol / Mobil 1 blend?
by mbres2000 - 05/29/20 09:40 AM
My Henry 22 Magnum Rifle (pics)
by tig1 - 05/29/20 09:04 AM
overfilled my crankcase by 3/10 of a liter - problem?
by tom in boise - 05/29/20 08:49 AM
Espresso
by buster - 05/29/20 08:34 AM
I didn't believe there were fake spark plugs.
by JustinH - 05/29/20 08:14 AM
New Tire Selection
by artbuc - 05/29/20 07:44 AM
Well question
by supton - 05/29/20 07:11 AM
Cable Modem Thoughts/Recommendat
ions?

by alarmguy - 05/29/20 07:10 AM
Tire choice 2016 Lexus es 350
by Toros - 05/29/20 06:20 AM
Infineum trends: Passenger vehicles (2019)
by Gokhan - 05/29/20 05:11 AM
Another story from the service bay
by clinebarger - 05/29/20 12:11 AM
KIA TYPE 4 (M) ATF
by flinter - 05/28/20 08:49 PM
My new Henry 22 Magnum rifle
by tig1 - 05/28/20 08:45 PM
Newest Members
Kboggs, oldcodger, cwllams1, Danwrig, DanielR
71558 Registered Users
Who's Online Now
96 registered members (Alfred_B, 4WD, 928, AlienBug, 53' Stude, ABN_CBT_ENGR, 6 invisible), 2,391 guests, and 22 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Statistics
Forums67
Topics306,016
Posts5,284,888
Members71,558
Most Online4,538
Jan 20th, 2020
Donate to BITOG
Print Thread
Hop To
Page 1 of 2 1 2
Cloth Seat Professional Cleaning Question #5413356 04/26/20 06:24 AM
Joined: Jun 2005
Posts: 1,359
I
IndyFan Offline OP
OP Offline
I
Joined: Jun 2005
Posts: 1,359
How good are pro detailing shops with shampooing cloth seats? My old Jeep JK seats have cloth that is in good shape, but over the years it has accumulated spots and slight stains. Store bought products like Turtle Wax or Blue Coral fabric cleaners can't get the job done. I'm wondering if it is worth giving a pro shop a try and how much they typically charge?


18 Jeep JLUR Wrangler 3.6 31k
15 Ford Transit 129k, Reman 3.5 @85k
17 Jeep Renegade 2.4 29k
08 Jeep Wrangler 3.8 141k
04 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.7 111k
99 Mercedes E430 Sport 90k
Re: Cloth Seat Professional Cleaning Question [Re: IndyFan] #5413361 04/26/20 06:29 AM
Joined: Sep 2008
Posts: 2,269
B
Boomer Offline
Offline
B
Joined: Sep 2008
Posts: 2,269
Have you tried renting a carpet cleaning machine?


2019 VW Passat 2.0 liter gasoline DI engine, DI, 2,700 miles, Castrol Professional VW 508 0W-20
2017 VW Golf All Track 1.8 liter gas engine DI, 25,500 miles Castrol Professional VW 505 5W-40
Re: Cloth Seat Professional Cleaning Question [Re: IndyFan] #5413373 04/26/20 06:55 AM
Joined: Oct 2004
Posts: 4,166
D
dwcopple Offline
Offline
D
Joined: Oct 2004
Posts: 4,166
^^^
Or buy a bottle of Folex or Super Clean


2019 RAM Big Horn 4x4 Blackout HEMI crew cab
2011 Chrysler 200 Limited 3.6L V6
1998 Mustang GT 4.6L V8 convertible
2019 VW Jetta SEL 1.4T
Re: Cloth Seat Professional Cleaning Question [Re: IndyFan] #5413375 04/26/20 07:08 AM
Joined: Sep 2010
Posts: 12,821
4WD Online Confused
Online Confused
Joined: Sep 2010
Posts: 12,821
For what you will get charged … could probably get this little guy and use it again and again.

bissell.com/little-green-proheat-portable-carpet-cleaner


Last edited by 4WD; 04/26/20 07:09 AM.
Re: Cloth Seat Professional Cleaning Question [Re: IndyFan] #5413391 04/26/20 07:34 AM
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 10,964
Astro14 Offline
Offline
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 10,964
I’ve had good luck using the wand from our carpet cleaner.

Hot water (and soap, if you like) go on the cloth, and then are removed by vacuum. That gets dirt out of the cloth seat.

I just don’t see how spraying stuff on the seat removes anything. Hides it perhaps. Drives it deeper.

To clean something, you need a solvent (water) to dissolve the contaminant, and then you need to remove the solvent.


32 Packard 15W40
01 Volvo V70 T5 0W30 AMSOIL SS
02 Volvo V70 T5 0W30 Edge
02 Volvo V70 XC 0W40 Edge
05 MB S600 0W40 M1
16 Tundra 1794 5W30 Pennzoil Ultra
Re: Cloth Seat Professional Cleaning Question [Re: IndyFan] #5413393 04/26/20 07:38 AM
Joined: Dec 2010
Posts: 57
J
jackz Offline
Offline
J
Joined: Dec 2010
Posts: 57
If you have a wet dry shop vac you can clean them. First vacum the cloth take your time. Buy real furniture shampoo use a soft clean brush to apply. Don;t over wet the seats. Now vacum out the shampoo and then most important use a water bottle of water to mist the seats to rinse out the dirt and cleaner. Try the water rinse twice to get the seat clean. . The shampoo is okay but using the water rinse is much better. Try not to do the cleaning in the direct sunlight but use the sun after the job for quick drying leave the windows down for drying.

Re: Cloth Seat Professional Cleaning Question [Re: IndyFan] #5413410 04/26/20 08:09 AM
Joined: Feb 2009
Posts: 2,446
K
krismoriah72 Offline
Offline
K
Joined: Feb 2009
Posts: 2,446

Re: Cloth Seat Professional Cleaning Question [Re: IndyFan] #5413466 04/26/20 09:20 AM
Joined: Dec 2010
Posts: 57
J
jackz Offline
Offline
J
Joined: Dec 2010
Posts: 57
Thats great but if you rinse it with water it will be clean. Would you wash your clothes with out a rinse cycle. All cleaning needs a water rinse cycle. I own a carpet & furniture cleaning service for the past 39 yrs and really don't like dry cleaning without a rinse cycle because it not clean until it's rinsed but that's just me.

Re: Cloth Seat Professional Cleaning Question [Re: IndyFan] #5413481 04/26/20 09:30 AM
Joined: May 2013
Posts: 129
P
PurpleT Offline
Offline
P
Joined: May 2013
Posts: 129
Some Home Depots rent upholstery cleaning machines (smaller version of a carpet cleaning machine). They come with a three inch clear head that has a sprayer and suction all incorporated in the same piece. The hose leads to the machine that has two tanks. One for the soap/hot water mix and one for the dirty water. I would also suggest several soft bristled brushes and a spray bottle to spot clean places that are stained or heavily soiled. The clear head makes it easy to see when area is clean because the water that is being suctioned back out will be mostly clear. We normally rent the machine for 24 hours which I believe is $65ish. We do all the cars and then do the furniture inside along with the carpeted stairway down to the basement. If you do the cars first then you can let the dry and if some of the stains reappear you can go back over a couple more times. There is a night day difference between theses machines than the small handheld Bissells ones you can purchase.

Re: Cloth Seat Professional Cleaning Question [Re: IndyFan] #5413520 04/26/20 10:23 AM
Joined: Aug 2011
Posts: 4,115
G
gman2304 Offline
Offline
G
Joined: Aug 2011
Posts: 4,115
I bought a bottle of cheap carpet shampoo at Target years ago, and it works great. I liberally spray it on the cloth seats or carpet then blot the stains with a soft cloth dampened with the cleaner. Then I use a soft cotton terry cloth dampened with plain water to rinse out the cleaner, rinsing the cloth often. I then blot the fabric with a dry terry cloth and leave the doors open for a few hours to air dry. I never use a brush to scrub the fabric as it will destroy the nap of the fabric by tearing the fibers if you get too aggressive with the brush. As always YMMV but this has worked well for me for years.

Re: Cloth Seat Professional Cleaning Question [Re: PurpleT] #5413571 04/26/20 11:13 AM
Joined: Jul 2008
Posts: 1,630
E
ecotourist Offline
Offline
E
Joined: Jul 2008
Posts: 1,630
Originally Posted by PurpleT
Some Home Depots rent upholstery cleaning machines (smaller version of a carpet cleaning machine). They come with a three inch clear head that has a sprayer and suction all incorporated in the same piece. The hose leads to the machine that has two tanks. One for the soap/hot water mix and one for the dirty water. ...... The clear head makes it easy to see when area is clean because the water that is being suctioned back out will be mostly clear.

That's exactly how the Little Green works. Recommended by 4WD above. It pays to buy one. They're quite inexpensive and we use ours often.


2000 BMW 528i 5MT M Sport
2007 Honda Accord EX-L 4Door V6 6MT
Re: Cloth Seat Professional Cleaning Question [Re: IndyFan] #5413596 04/26/20 11:43 AM
Joined: Jun 2005
Posts: 1,359
I
IndyFan Offline OP
OP Offline
I
Joined: Jun 2005
Posts: 1,359
Wow, lots of great ideas here. The sprays I used I did rinse and vacuum up. They just didn't get the job done. I've had a Bissel before and it was great, but I think I'd need to make sure the cleaning chemical was powerful enough. I don't remember at least the Bissel brand cleaners being exceptionally strong. I'd imagine there are commercial grade cleaners that will be strong enough but not damage the color or the cloth itself.


18 Jeep JLUR Wrangler 3.6 31k
15 Ford Transit 129k, Reman 3.5 @85k
17 Jeep Renegade 2.4 29k
08 Jeep Wrangler 3.8 141k
04 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.7 111k
99 Mercedes E430 Sport 90k
Re: Cloth Seat Professional Cleaning Question [Re: IndyFan] #5413641 04/26/20 12:15 PM
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 2,298
B
benjy Offline
Offline
B
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 2,298
from a small detailer i worked with. a 50% mix liquid tide + water scrub with a sponge both ways + vac both ways drying as much as possible. with seats being foam you need fans or hot summer sun to dry with windows open. i cleaned my VERY light tan upholstery yearly + it still looked new when traded after 10 yrs + 200 thou miles. cheap + good but labor intensive as i did my whole interior, roof sides + seats. or open your wallet for a pro

Re: Cloth Seat Professional Cleaning Question [Re: IndyFan] #5413717 04/26/20 12:55 PM
Joined: Aug 2017
Posts: 1,538
D
Dave9 Offline
Offline
D
Joined: Aug 2017
Posts: 1,538
A set in stain may not come out no matter what you do, short of bleach that destroys the cloth and possibly foam under it. An enzyme cleaner will help with protein based stains but otherwise, standard foaming carpet cleaner, left to soak for a few minutes (but not left long enough that it starts drying), then remove with a wet/dry vac. It may help to repeat this, first time you are just making gravy. wink

Last edited by Dave9; 04/26/20 12:56 PM.
Re: Cloth Seat Professional Cleaning Question [Re: IndyFan] #5413719 04/26/20 01:00 PM
Joined: Mar 2018
Posts: 1,741
T
TheLawnRanger Offline
Offline
T
Joined: Mar 2018
Posts: 1,741
I filled an empty spray bottle with about 1/10 Ajax dishwashing liquid and the rest with water. I sprayed it on the bat spots and let it soak a few minutes before scrubbing with a rough textured washcloth. It did the job.


2011 Impala
2012 Colorado
Oil: 5w30 synthetic
Filters: Wix 51522 for both
Page 1 of 2 1 2
Previous Thread
Index
Next Thread

BOB IS THE OIL GUY® Powered by UBB.threads™