How do I clean deep stains on cloth back seats?

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  1. SPX

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    I've tried scrubbing with fairy washing-up liquid, Vanish stain remover and a couple of more off-beat ways of trying to get rid of these stains.

    Anyone have any ideas or tips?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    Jees, they look rank.

    Try a steam cleaner - I bought one fo rabout £50 and used it on my old Passat. But those seats were black.
     
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    Remove and replace ?
     
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    The more I look at that picture, the more I'm thinking that may be the only way.

    I'm going to have a couple of hours at it in the morning and see how it looks.
     
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    Half formed idea alert...

    I have cream coloured overmats in my current car, they were absolutely stinking when I collected it.

    I laid them out on the drive, doused with water, sprinkled on plenty of the Missus' washing powder and blasted with the power washer.

    Worked a treat. How you get the seat covers off is your problem !!
     
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    You might be on to something here.

    If I can get the covers off somehow, I could put them in the washing machine a couple of times...
     
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    Worth a punt..
     
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    Just to point out that this isn't my car, it's an Audi A4 I took in part exchange yesterday.

    Don't want you lot thinking I'm a scruffy bugger..:rolleyes:
     
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    I think that the seat covers have to come off. I want to clean my car seats and have concluded that it is t he only way to be sure.
     
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    Prochem steam clear will get the stains out. Get a carpet cleaning firm local to you with truck mount steam cleaner. Much cheaper then replacing.
     
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    Yeah, I think a carpet cleaner or a dry cleaner can help you deal with the seat cover. I suggest you buy an alternate seat cover that can be removed to avoid dealing with the dilemma once again.
     
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    Not the OPs car so not likely to be an issue once it's cleaned, the car will no doubt be sold. I have the same issue with a Fiesta belonging to my girls, light coloured seats don't mix well with McDs and makeup. I will be borrowing a Vax carpet cleaner over the next couple of weeks and trying that. If that fails it's covers off and jet wash I suspect.

    Sweatpea, I'm very interested to see how you resolve this one.
     
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    Not much likely to happen today, I'll be updating tomorrow....
     
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    A wet & dry vac would sort this out - helped out on a car yesterday where the seat were in worst condition that those in the pic, ingrained mud harsh

    Took a few attempts but got them back nice, does take a few hours though.
     
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    Bleugh! [​IMG] [​IMG] Imagine sitting on those on a hot day!
     
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    I had a some stains on my front seats, a local car valet charged £10 and used a steam cleaner - the seats were spotless within about 10 minutes.
     
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    Just to update this thread, here is the finished result, the seats were still a bit wet when I took this photo (hence the line)

    To get the seats into the pictured state, it took;
    6 attempts with the wet & dry vac
    2 attempts with carpet stain remover
    2 attempts with Vanish stain remover
    2 final attempts with the wet & dry vac.

    The car was sold on Saturday, but I can't resist commenting on how some people don't look after things- the car when I took it in part exchange was in a right state.
    Even with all that scrubbing and hard work you could still catch a whiff of fags and whatever else they got up to in the car.
     
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    Sweetpea, excellent result. You clearly have a talent. Ever thought of becoming a detailer? As you know they charge mega money too! ;)
     
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    Haha that thought had crossed my mind when I finished cleaning the Audi as well! :D:D

    Just need a semi-pornographic video with me pouring water on the bonnet and I'm away! :p
     

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