Stains are absolute eyesores, especially on our car upholstery. Aside from being unpleasant to the eye, dirt and stains can give off a bad odor that can linger throughout the whole cabin. Still, no matter how much we try to avoid it, car seats still get stained.
The good thing is that there are different ways to remove upholstery stains. This article from Philkotse.com will focus on how you can remove blood stains from your car’s upholstery.
When dealing with blood stains, it’s strongly advised that you remove the stain as soon as you see it. Heat and time will make the stain set deeply in the upholstery, which may cause an unsightly permanent mark.
Stains are absolute eyesores, especially on our car upholstery.
Before we learn about the different methods to remove blood stains, prepare the following materials:
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Step 1. Blot the stained area with either a paper towel or a cloth. Do not rub the stain because doing so will only push the bloodstain deeper or spread it further on the upholstery. Try a dabbing motion to remove as much blood as possible. Also, change the paper towel or cloth if needed.
You can use either a paper towel or a cloth to blot excess blood
Step 2. Create a saltwater solution by combining a cup of cold water and two teaspoons of salt. Transfer the solution into a spray bottle. Use only cold water, as warm or hot water will only allow the bloodstain to permanently set on the car upholstery. Make sure that the solution is still cold when being applied.
Create a saltwater solution by combining a cup of cold water and two teaspoons of salt
Step 3. Spray the stained area with the saltwater solution. If a spray bottle is unavailable, use a dampened clean cloth. Change the cloth as needed. If you’re dealing with a large bloodstain, start on the side then dab your way towards the center. Doing so will prevent the stain from further spreading.
Spray the stained area with the saltwater solution
Step 4. Repeat spraying and dabbing until the stain is completely removed or the cloth isn’t absorbing any more blood. Then, blot the affected area with a clean dry cloth to absorb the remaining solution.
Step 5. Dampen a piece of cloth with cold water to rinse the excess solution from the area. Do not scrub the affected area. Dabbing motions will be enough to draw out the remaining solution effectively.
Step 6. Dry the area using a paper towel or dry cloth. Press the stained area gently. If you see that there are still visible stains, it could mean a permanent stain. However, you can try a stronger method to eliminate the stain.
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Step 1. Make a cleaning solution by mixing two cups of cold water and a tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent.
Step 2. Apply the solution to the affected area. Dampen a piece of clean white cloth with the cleaning solution then apply it to the stained area.
Step 3. With a toothbrush, brush the affected area gently. Do not use a scrub brush because you might scrub the stain too vigorously, causing it to penetrate deeper into the fabric. Using a toothbrush will prevent you from brushing the stain too hard, thus preventing the stain from spreading or permanently setting in the car upholstery.
With a toothbrush, brush the affected area gently
Step 4. Rinse the solution by using a clean white cloth to blot the affected area. If the stain is still noticeable, re-apply the cleaning solution then scrub it again using the toothbrush. After scrubbing, rinse the affected area again using a clean white cloth.
Step 5. For the final rinse, use a cloth dampened with cold water. Rinse the excess cleaning solution thoroughly by dabbing the affected area.
Step 6. Dry the area using a cloth towel. Blotto pull out the remaining moisture until most of it is absorbed and removed from the upholstery.
Step 1. Mix two parts cold water and one part baking soda to create a baking soda cleaning solution. Baking soda contains chemical properties that make it an affordable and effective stain removing option.
Step 2. Use a clean cloth to apply the solution to the affected area. Leave it for 30 minutes before trying to rinse the stain.
Step 3. Rinse the affected area with the use of cloth completely dampened with cold water. With a dabbing motion, thoroughly rinse the affected area until you remove as much stain as possible.
Rinse the affected area with the use of cloth completely dampened with cold water
Step 4. Blot the remaining moisture using a dry towel. Try to absorb and remove as much moisture as possible from the fabric upholstery.
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