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How to Remove Stains From Car Carpet

Updated: Sep 23, 2023

Removing stains from a car carpet can be a bit challenging, but with the right approach and some patience, you can often get good results. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you remove stains from your car's carpet.

Carpet extracting

In 10+ years of detailing, I've found many way to clean stains from vehicles carpets. We do it all the time in our Deep Interior Detail service.

Some like to use store bought carpet cleaner, vinegar and baking soda, scrub brush.

Doing this as a business we have had to modify some steps to be time efficient, Here is how we shampoo our carpets efficiently and effectively.

Materials you'll need

  1. carpet spot cleaner (in our case we use carpet bomber from p and s)

  2. A drill and a drill brush attachment

  3. Extractor or wet/dry shop vac

  4. Towel

Step 1. Vacuum all the debris

Get all of that nasty debris out of your way. any fries, gum, grass vacuum it the best you can.

the carpets need to be vacuum to the best of your ability for the carpet cleaner to soak into the stain.

Act quickly to your stain. Don't be that person to let it dwell there for years. The sooner you act the higher chance the stain will come out.

Step 2. Soak

Now that everything is out of the way and you can clearly see the whole stain. Go to town with your carpet cleaner.

The more the better here. Apply it liberally. You should not have to worry about soaking the seat because you will vacuum or extract the solution later.

Step 3. Agitate

This step is the money maker. This is where you grab your trusty drill and start spinning.

I like to make four cross-hatch pattern passes then check my work.

If those passes dont do the job, do it again. I will warn you, depending on how long the stain has been there. It sadly might not come up fully.

Step 4. Extract

After you've removed the stain, you need to suck up all the nasty juices inside of the upholstery.

Take your vacuum or even better an extractor and slowly go over the soaked areas.

I like using an extractor here, it gives me more peace of mind when removing the liquids from lets say a deep seat.

The seat will still be wet, make sure to leave your doors open for some time to let the car air dry.

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