Vinyl Upholstery Care Tips

Vinyl fabric is used in many different items today such as cars, boats, furniture, and clothing. It’s become largely popular thanks to its resistance to dirt, water, and soil. Because of its resilience it can last for a long time if taken care of properly; however, if not taken care of and cleaned it can quickly deteriorate. VIP European Auto wants to give you a few tips on how to take care of your vinyl upholstery. 

1. Vacuum

You want to begin cleaning your vinyl upholstery by vacuuming your car. It is best to go from top to bottom, no different than cleaning everything else. When you vacuum be sure to have a smaller vacuum to catch all the crumbs and dirt that may fall between the seats crevices.

2. Gently Clean

When you have finished vacuuming your entire car it’s time to begin deep cleaning your vinyl upholstery. Use a mild soap and water to clean the care gently. You can either use a very mild dish detergent or you can purchase a vinyl cleaner. Use a soft, damp cloth to clean the vinyl to pick up any dirt, grime, and debris on the seats of your car. Once you feel that you’ve cleaned the upholstery enough take a new cloth and water to wipe away all soap and finish with a nice dry towel to prevent any water stains. You want to be sure to clean the inside of your car every few weeks to prevent any buildup of dirt and grime over time.

3. Remove Difficult Stains

If there are any particularly difficult stains to remove in your car use a small amount of rubbing alcohol to help loosen the stain. If there is a stain from new blue jeans or maybe a ballpoint pen it can be beneficial to use a small amount of rubbing alcohol. However, be sure to test the rubbing alcohol on a smaller, less visible area of the upholstery to avoid any stains that become worse. 

4. What Not to Do

While we have given you 3 good vinyl upholstery care tips above, we want to tell you want to avoid. When cleaning your car you don’t want to have any excess water pool up in the crevices of the upholstery. You want to avoid any hard cleaners, chemicals, and brushes. When you use anything too hard on vinyl upholstery over time the vinyl will break down and deteriorate.

We hope that our vinyl upholstery care tips help you on your next car cleaning spree! You want to be sure to keep up the cleaning every few weeks to prevent any build up of dirt and grime over time. Be as gentle as possible and your vinyl upholstery will last you a long time. If you feel as though you need an upholstery fix contact VIP European Auto today. We specialize in carpets & upholstery, seat repairs, and convertible tops!