- Posted by Sanderson Lincoln
- On October 26, 2016
You’re hustling to work for a morning meeting with a client when you accidentally spill your coffee right onto your leather seats. Your first concerns might be avoiding getting burned by the hot coffee and making sure the incident doesn’t cause you to run late for your meeting – then you may start to worry about your car.
Dealing with stains in your vehicle isn’t fun or easy, but it is something the average car owner should be prepared for. There are auto detailing services that can help with stubborn stains, but if you treat them early enough, you can likely handle most stains on your own.
Use this guide to learn more about how to remove coffee and other tough stains from your car.
Treat Stains Immediately
If you spill coffee while driving, stopping to take a moment to address the spill as soon as possible should help you clean it up without too much hassle. It’s best to deal with any spill quickly, before a stain has time to set. Consider keeping a small towel tucked away in your car for just such emergencies. A small, clean towel is also useful addition to your first aid kit, if one is not already included there.
Begin the cleanup process by placing a soft sponge or absorbent towel on the stain area without applying pressure. Allow the sponge or towel to naturally absorb as much of the liquid as possible. Use a vacuum to remove any solids like coffee grounds that may have also spilled onto your seats.
Use a Quality Cleaner
Once excess liquid and any solids have been removed, treat the area with a stain remover designed for your interior. We recommend using a leather cleaner or Motorcraft Spot and Stain Remover for carpet and upholstery.
Many quality cleaners do not require rinsing with water. Be sure to follow the cleansing directions as detailed on the product package. As you wipe up the cleaner and any remnants of the stain, apply only light pressure to the area with a clean towel. Repeat this process as necessary, as some tough stains may require multiple treatments.
If you’re cleaning leather seats, take extra care not to harshly scrub the area. Consider following up with a leather conditioner after the stain has successfully been lifted.
When the damage seems too daunting, working with a professional ensures your car is restored to normal without any worries about further damage. Our friendly team at the Sanderson Lincoln car dealership in Phoenix is happy to provide assistance with basic car maintenance and vehicle care in Phoenix and the surrounding Valley of the Sun area.