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5 Best Interior Cleaners For Car Upholstery 2018

Dirty car carpets or interior upholstery can be a tough task to remove without the correct detailing products. For leather upholstery, there are specialized product that are the best at removing dirt from leather seats but not all cars have leather.

The best interior cleaners will remove odors, tough dirt and stains with ease and usually a pleasant smell after use. Your car carpet is the most likely to contain dirt and bad smells but this can be removed easily with the latest car upholstery cleaners.

Best Car Upholstery Cleaners

Car Interior CleanersBrush IncludedOur Rating
Meguiar’s G9719No4.9
Turtle Wax T440R2WYes4.8
Chemical GuysNo4.7
Mothers 05424No4.5
Blue Coral DC22Yes4.5

The interior of your car is where you spend your time driving but still people will neglect giving it a good clean. The exterior of the car will receive hundreds of dollars in detailing products each year, so why not spend the same inside the car?

Before using any car interior cleaners, you will want to ensure that the car has been vacuumed thoroughly beforehand. Any household vacuum cleaner will do the job but what is the best upholstery cleaner for afterwards?

The biggest purchaser of car interior cleaners are taxi and Uber drivers that pick up many passengers. All the muddy feet and carelessness causes tough dirt to build and stains to occur. Ask any of the drivers and you will be sure they would have heard the list below.

Prevent bad smells and messy carpets by using the best interior cleaners for car upholstery listed below.

Meguiar’s G9719 Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner

Meguiar's G9719 Upholstery Cleaner

Meguair’s are the market leaders with the majority of their detailing products and the Meguiar’s Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner is one of the best. There is no denying that you pay a premium for the G9719 cleaner but the strong formula in the foam provides effortless deep cleaning power.

From stains to bad smells, the G9719 will act fast to break them down and leave the carpet or upholstery looking fresh with zero odors. The resulting smell from using this car carpet cleaner is not the usual chemical smell but more of a refreshing smell.

To use it, you will need to spray the foam onto the work area, wait 10 minutes and then scrub with a brush. The brush that I use with this product is the Mothers Carpet & Upholstery Brush that has tough bristles to fight tough dirt. It dries fairly quickly but after 10 minutes, simply vacuum the residue foam up.

The Meguair’s G9719 is the best carpet and upholstery cleaner for removing stains and odors but it does come with a price that puts many buyers off this product.

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Turtle Wax T440R2W OXY

Turtle Wax T440R2W OXY Cleaner for interior

Turtle Wax are a huge detailing company that produce a range of products. This interior cleaner can be used on car carpets, upholstery fabrics, plastic and vinyls with the aim at removing stains and odors with ease.

It contains a triple action formula that cleans, deodorizes and protects the work area for a complete deep clean. Coffee, ketchup and oil are the three most common stains and the Turtle Wax interior cleaner can handle them all and more.

As you can see, the bottle comes with a “Micro-Scrub” brush that will allow you to give the interior work area a deeper clean. There is also a microfiber towel to wipe the cleaner residue off after it has settled on the dirt.

Overall the Turtle Wax T440R2W OXY is the best car interior cleaner for the money with great results for very little upfront costs.

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Chemical Guys Carpet and Upholstery Stain Extractor

Chemical Guys Stain Remover and CleanerThe Chemical Guys Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner is a high concentrated formula that is specifically designed for automotive use. The powerful formula can fight heavy stains with ease without damaging any coloring of the upholstery.

Due to the high concentration (20:1), you may want to dilute the liquid with distilled water before use so that it lasts longer. Like the Meguiar’s carpet cleaner, it is not the cheapest on the market but it does a great job at fighting stains.

Anything from cleaning car headliners to dogs wee, the Chemical Guys cleaner provides excellent results at removing the stain and leaving a pleasant smell. Overall, it is a great alternative that will last longer than the Meguiar’s bottle.

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Mothers 05424 Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner

Mothers 05424 Interior Cleaner

The Mothers 05424 interior cleaner is perfect for all car fabric that has become caked in tough dirt or stains that will not clear. It is the largest at 24 oz and is simply to apply to any stains with the trigger spray bottle.

As with any carpet cleaning, if you do not succeed on your first attempt, repeat it. The Mothers 05424 takes the least amount of time and the bottle contains a large amount for use over and over again.

It can be used in the car and house for all fabric cleaning. It is a pH balanced formula meaning that it will not discolor the fabric you spray it on to. It is a great product for those that are loyal to the Mothers brand.

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Blue Coral DC22 Upholstery Cleaner

Blue Coral DC22 Car Interior Cleaner

If you are looking for the cheapest car carpet cleaner that will last multiple applications and actually work, the Blue Coral DC22 Upholstery Cleaner is a great choice.

Whilst speaking with an Uber driver that picks up hundreds of people a week, he said this was the best carpet cleaner you can buy. After showing myself some results he achieved, I was impressed and even more impressed by the price.

The bottle cap includes a brush that helps you to rub the solution into the car interior. This will reduce your overall cost as you will not need to buy a separate brush. Cleaning anything from coffee stains, tar or tough dirt, the Blue Coral carpet cleaner will easily remove it.

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How To Clean Your Car Carpets Properly

The amount of dirt that can accumulate on the carpet is unbelievable. The carpet in the cars are usually a dark color to reduce the dirt visible. Using a vacuum to most car owners would be classed as “cleaning the car interior” but this is not the case.

If you were to clean your car carpets completely, the seats will need to be removed. This is an extreme case of car interior cleaning but take a look below are the amount of dirt underneath the middle seats of this car.

dirt under the seats

The amount of dirt underneath the seat can become fairly smelly depending on the type of dirt and the age of it. However, the simple fact of the matter is that a vacuum nozzle cannot reach to this dirt.

Below is a 10 step guide to cleaning your cars carpets so that they are completely free of dirt, bad smells and stains.

  1. Remove large objects or dirt.
  2. Remove car mats and place outside of the car.
  3. Remove car seats. (Optional, see video)
  4. Vacuum interior thoroughly.
  5. Choose upholstery cleaner and applicator/brush.
  6. Spray cleaner onto applicator and work it into the work area in a circular motion.
  7. Use a lightly damp wet to wipe off the cleaner residue.
  8. Open all doors and windows to allow the carpet to dry.
  9. Reinstall car seats if they were taken out.
  10. Vacuum car mats before placing them back into the car.

Some deep stains may require step 6 and 7 to be carried out more than once in order to remove it completely. If you have got chewing gum on your car carpets, stick to the old fashioned technique of freezing it with ice cubes. Avoid harsh chemicals that could damage your car carpets with permanent stains.

cleaned carpet after removing seats

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