Stains on cloth seats


Old 03-13-10, 08:06 PM
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Stains on cloth seats

I just bought a 2005 Ford Escape SUV. It is extremely nice, but the front passenger cloth seat has a pretty bad stain. The guy I bought it from told me the stain was there when he bought it from the original owner. Before I picked it up yesterday, he bought some cleaner at Wal-Mart and proceeded to try to get the stain out. It actually made it look even more noticeable.

He suggested taking it to an upholstery specialist, one that possibly has some type of steam cleaner. He also thought they may have some more powerful cleaners that would do a better job. I do want want the stain removed, as best as possible, but I don't want to spend a fortune. The seats are really nice, and I don't want to just cover up the stain with seat covers.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 03-14-10, 08:09 AM
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The problems you'll have in removing it is, the stain's been there too long. The longer it's there, the harder to remove. The other problem is you don't know what it is. Different things remove different stains better.
You can try dissolving a denture cleaning tablet in 2 cups of distilled water, then rub it into the stain with a clean cloth.
Instead of Walmart, go to an auto store, like Pep Boys, and buy an upholstery cleaner made for cars.
A body shop or one of those detailing places may be your best bet tho.
Good luck!
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I'm not the best housekeeper in the world, but I do clean my house once a year weather it needs it or not.

And I have a dog that likes to get the couch dirty...

And after about 8 years of the dog on the couch, spilling food on the couch, etc., I decided it needed cleaning!

(Getting the picture?)

Anyway I rented one of those carpet cleaning machines and also got the upholstery cleaning tool...

I poured hot water into the machine and used their cleaning fluid, then went at that couch. It actually came spotlessly clean! I was amazed to say the least.
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The secret to getting out most stains is to use the right solvent and that implies you know what made the stain

Also, adding chemicals to stains in an attempt to remove can backfire and set the stain more firmly

At this point, I'd go for hiring a pro
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