How to Clean Mustang Car Seats


Sometimes the seasons take their toll on our cars.  Our kids, dogs, or places we visit can wreak havoc on our interiors, too.  (And let's face it, if you're in your car a lot, you are sure to make a mess at some point!)  So what is the best way to clean car seats?  

Seats can be made of several different materials, and cloth seats shouldn't be cleaned the same way leather seats are cleaned.  Let us take a look at how to clean car seats by material.


Cloth - This is the hardest to get right, since a bad cleaner could leave rings or mess up your upholstery, leaving you with a permanent mess.  The trick is to find or make a cleaner that is right for your specific seats while removing stains and making your vehicle smell fresh and clean.  Using an all-purpose cleaner can do the trick, but always try the cleaner out in an inconspicuous spot first to make sure that it doesn't remove any color, leave a stain, or change the look or feel of the material.  Follow directions and pat with a damp cloth (water only) to remove any cleaner residue.  Allow to dry and reapply as needed.  If it's a really bad stain you might want to do several light cleanings and take care of it in layers.  Do not heat dry, though.  If it dries and the stain is still there, you don't want to set it in forever by using heat on it.

You can also make your own cleaner using these household items:

  • Use club soda.  Lightly spray it on the stained area and use a brush to scrub away the stain, then wipe it away with a clean towel.

  • Use a baking soda solution.  Mix ¼ cup of baking soda with a cup of warm water, then use a light layer of the solution and a toothbrush to scrub away the stain.  If the stain is difficult, let the solution sit for around 30 minutes.

  • Use a vinegar mixture.  Mix a cup of vinegar, a few drops of dish soap and about a gallon of hot water in a bucket.  Then dab the mixture into the stain and use a brush to scrub it out of the seat, use clean water to rinse the seat off.

  • Use laundry detergent.  If you don't have a specific upholstery detergent/cleaner, you mix some laundry detergent with hot water and dampen the stains with it.  Use a towel with cold water to rinse the detergent off the seat and scrub the stain away.


Leather - Leather can be easier or more finicky, depending on the type of leather.  A typical slick leather can usually be cleaned with a damp cloth, leather cleaner, or by using the vinegar mixture mentioned above. If you have a suede-type of leather, dabbing leather cleaner with a soft cloth or simply using water on a soft cloth is usually your best bet. 

Multiple Materials

Multiple Materials - You may need to use different options if you have seats with more than one type of material.  The best thing to do is to try a soft cloth with water first, then try different solutions or cleaners in spots that you cannot see to figure out which works best for your car.  

So if you are wondering how to clean car seats, or more specifically, how to clean your Mustang car seats, try the options listed here.  Be patient if several cleanings are needed, and never scrub your seats!  Especially if they are soft leather or suede.

If you have any questions about your Mustang interior, you can always ask a service professional at Ames Ford Performance in Ames, IA!  Or if you desire a newer interior, test drive one of our vehicles for sale today!
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