Do you enjoy keeping your vehicle looking great? While car washes and waxing are important, the area that is probably in most need of attention is your car’s interior. The cabin of your car is where you enjoy the ride. Making sure it is clean and fresh will enhance your driving experience and extend the life of your upholstery.
Dust and dirt travel well and you and your passengers will transport unwanted gunk into your car’s cabin. Finding a great upholstery cleaner allows you to dispatch that dirt and grime caused by daily use. There are a few things to consider when picking the right cleaner for you. Does it leave a residue? Is there a lot of scrubbing required to make it effective? Is it able to handle more difficult debris? With so many products on the market, it is hard to find the one that is just right for you.
Don’t panic. We have sifted through the myriad of options to find the best of the best. Here are our top ten picks for great car upholstery cleaners that can handle even the toughest jobs.
CarGuys starts off our list with a very strong product. It is a multi-surface cleaner which allows you to limit the number of products you need to address the interior of your vehicle. It is very versatile and works a majority of the interior elements of your car with the exception of glass and instrument panels.
Super Cleaner doesn’t leave any film or residue behind which also means there is no need to rinse with water after use. It works effectively on stubborn dirt and stains as well. Overall a premium product well worth the price point.
Fabric Clean Carpet and Upholstery Shampoo and Odor Eliminator is a great product for those who don’t like strong chemical smells. With a powerful degreaser that erases stains and naturally occurring microbes to break down the components that cause odor, you will be amazed at the results.
Fabric Clean avoids some of the usual suspects such as ammonia, bleach, and other harsh chemicals that can affect the color of the fabric. The product itself does the heavy lifting, so there is little need for vigorous scrubbing. One of the best dollar for dollar products in the industry.
Turtle Wax has had a great reputation in the car care industry for decades. This product lives up to that hefty mantle. It’s branded Odor-X control is very effective and it comes with an attached micro scrub brush that is excellent for getting those hard to reach crevices.
This product leaves a “silicone shield” residue that helps keep dirt and grime from returning. This is a great product for dealing with strong odors and ground in dirt. It is a strong addition to the Turtle Wax legacy.
Turtle Wax’s second entry on our list is perfect for deep cleaning stubborn stains. It has an attached micro scrub brush as well as a bonus microfiber towel. This stain remover utilizes oxygenated cleaners to break apart and lift stains from the material.
This is perfect for deep cleaning and does a great job removing odors as well. It works on multiple surfaces such as carpet, vinyl, upholstery, and plastic. This multi-purpose cleaner can become your one-step option for almost anything in the cabin of your vehicle.
Woolite is probably more famous for their laundry room products, but this is a strong contender in the car-cleaning arena. It has an attached brush and can be used on tough stains. For tough stains, you can leave the product in for up to two hours to allow it to break down the grime.
Woolite can be used on to remove biological pet stains such as vomit, urine and feces. It does an amazing job of lifting the soil from the material while capturing the odor and refreshing the space. This leaves your car looking and smelling like you just drove off the new car lot.
Meguiar’s is a trusted name in car care and this product is one of the reasons why. It provides a deep clean with an easy to use dispenser. The nozzle on the can is perfect for spraying large areas to clean as well as pinpointing small spots for stain removal.
The foam works quickly and penetrates tough stains, but it is also great for regular maintenance. Application is easy and after the product dries, there is no residue making it a true one-step solution. This is a great option for many common situations.
Mother’s Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner excels at lifting dirt from fabric and carpet. It is mild enough to work in your home but still strong enough to deal with tough stains. Combining this cleaner with a good brush and a quick vacuum, you will see great results in no time.
It is a water based and environmentally friendly, which is great for sensitive materials. Don’t let its mild nature fool you though, it still cleans like a professional grade product. This is a great option for dirt heavy stains and even organic stains such as chocolate.
Weiman brings a non-toxic, eco-friendly option to our list. This is a great product if you have kids or pets since surfaces will remain safe after use. Works well on any fabric or upholstery either in your home or in the car. This is not a product for the vinyl or plastic in the vehicle.
It does a great job of lifting stains and controlling odor caused from soiled areas. Weiman leaves behind a protective layer, which makes it harder for dirt, dust, and odors to reattach to the fabric. A great way to refresh the look of your car without some of the harsher chemicals.
Another water based cleaner on the list is Bissell’s Spot & Stain Fabric and Upholstery Cleaner (perfect for materials with a “W” or “WS cleanability code.) With the attached brush, stains can be gently agitated and removed with ease. Bissell also leaves a protective layer to help repel future dirt and odor. One thing to watch with this product is color fastness. Test on a small area first and then apply to the rest of the soiled area.
Chemical Guys second entry on our list is a powerful cleaner that boast incredible implementation speeds. If you need to get a stain out immediately, this is the product for you. It is highly concentrated and can be diluted for regular maintenance use as well. Diluting this with water at a 20:1 ratio give you a lot of bang for your buck.
This product protects color well and can be used in a variety of ways. It can be sprayed and immediately wiped clean or you can leave the product in the fabric for a short time to increase its stain lifting power. This versatile product will delight you with the results every time.
These are our top ten picks. Each one of these product has a proven track record and a lot of satisfied users. I am confident that you will find exactly what you need with one of these fine vendors and your vehicle will look like new again. Your car will thank you for it.