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Should you steam clean car seats?

Postby Spic & Spanners Valeting » Wed Dec 17, 2014 11:53 am

I've just watched Car SOS on TV and they where restoring an old mk 3 RS escort 1600i. They took the seats to be sorted and the restoration guy was showing the damage to the thin piece of foam within the layers of fabric caused by steam cleaning. He said the steam has affected the the glue that laminates the layers together, and the foam has disintegrated.

I don't use a steam cleaner as I have always been of the opinion that they are good for sanitising but don't actually remove / extract any of the dirt.

What's your opinion on the damage they may cause and there effectiveness as a valeting tool?
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Re: Should you steam clean car seats?

Postby Kleen Machine » Mon Dec 22, 2014 12:36 am

They can cause a lot of damage especially on older cars the heat can lift the already hardened glue on some fabrics, ie head linings and that. But saying that so van a shampoo. Old classic you have to be so careful with any way. Even with multi purpose cleaners , because they can stain or take off the white marks off older switches etc .
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Re: Should you steam clean car seats?

Postby PiP » Tue Dec 23, 2014 9:29 am

From my technical perspective, I would think that an extraction machine is the sweet spot for seats.

There is a lot of half information out on the web, when it comes to fabric cleaning. Most detailers and even detailing brands are ill informed on the appropriate chemicals to use. For instance, on the well known UK forum, ask what to use on a dirty seat and I would bet that the majority of people will suggest to use G101. The reality is that this is going to be an incorrect solution in many cases. Taking that product as example, it is not designed to be residue free. The surfactants in there are neither volatile, nor do they dry to an easily removed powder. They will sit in the fibres, somewhat sticky, and will accelerate resoiling. The alkalinity of the product could also be a problem - not necessarily so, but leaving the pH so raised is known to cause issues such as increased colour transfer and rot. It is not such a big deal if you are using an extractor but manual cleaning should not be done this way. There are products out there which are suitable for manual fabric cleaning, typically because the ingredients are designed to dry to a fine powder, something which can be easily removed with a vacuum (and, importantly, are not sitting there and accelerating resoiling).

Unfortunately, even as a pro, I wouldn't wish to guess what any particular detailing product actually is. Even if the brand claims that it is totally safe for manual cleaning, I would take it with a pinch of salt. For anyone doing this professionally, I would recommend that they always use the extractor to ensure that the problems, as described above, do not occur.
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Re: Should you steam clean car seats?

Postby kev1789 » Wed Dec 24, 2014 4:08 pm

I always apply a stronger fabric cleaner as a "spot " cleaner for the heavily soiled parts and wer vac with a much weaker concentration to minimise any left over solution causing dodgey stains. I don't own a steamer and I haven't needed one as of yet. Good advice as usual PIP


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Re: Should you steam clean car seats?

Postby Kleen Machine » Sat Apr 04, 2015 8:51 pm

Good Reply Pip, we was always told to spray carpets and seat with water after cleaning and re vacuuming to get ph levels down o as you say stop re soiling . I now us a dry foam .

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