Top 8: The Best Car Upholstery Cleaner Reviews
Cleaning your car can be a pain, am I right? For a long time I dreaded it, even though I knew that a dirty interior was unacceptable. So what changed? Well, the process simply became easier. If you head out to your local store today, you’ll find hundreds of products that make cleaning convenient.
However, not all of these products are good or suitable for your upholstery. That’s why I’ve done some digging and come up with a list of the 8 upholstery cleaners and tools that you should be paying attention to.
I promise that you won’t avoid cleaning your car interior ever again.
The Top 8 Best Upholstery Cleaners and Tools
CLEANING AND PROTECTION
1. 303 (30606) Fabric Guard Trigger Sprayer
# THE PERFECT WATER AND STAIN REPELLENT GUARD FOR YOUR FABRIC
Unlike the other cleaners on this list that work to clean your fabric, the 303 Fabric Guard Trigger Sprayer works to protect your fabric.
When applied to clean and dry fabric, the 303 Guard works to replenish any stain and water repellency that has been lost from your fabric. By doing so, it ensures that your car upholstery remains resistant to any spills and stains that may occur in the future. This in turn increases the longevity and attractive appearance of your upholstery.
The 303 Fabric Guard works perfectly on natural and synthetic fibers, and can be
used on car upholstery, rugs, RV covers, leather interiors, and fabric convertible tops.
This Guard also works to inhibit the growth of mildew and mold, while ensuring that the colorfastness of your fabric holds.
However, the strong odor of the Fabric Guard means that you should always use it in a ventilated space.
303 Fabric Guard Restores Sunbrella Fabric:
2. Sonax (321200-755) Upholstery and Carpet Cleaner
#THE GENTLE CLEANER FOR YOUR UPHOLSTERY AND CARPET
If you put off your cleaning for too long, you’ll find that dirt and grime has embedded itself into your car upholstery, fabrics, ceilings, carpets, plastics, and door panels. Finding a cleaner that can effectively remove this dirt while maintaining the integrity of your car interior is difficult, but not impossible.
The Sonax Upholstery and Carpet Cleaner is a great option for all car owners struggling to get rid of stubborn dirt and stains. This cleaner uses surfactants (cleaning agents) which attach themselves to contaminants that have embedded themselves into your fibers.
Once this bonding occurs, odors will be trapped and neutralized, leaving your car smelling fresh and clean.
While the Sonax foaming-action formula is great on grease stains, you might need to combine the cleaner with home cleaning solutions for getting rid of ink stains.
3. Griot’s Garage 10956 Interior Cleaner
#THE BEST CLEANER FOR YOUR SURFACE COLORS
One of the biggest fears of a car owner is to use a product that permanently damages the appearance of their upholstery. And with all the chemicals and dyes found in today’s cleaners, this fear is not unfounded.
Luckily for both of us, I’ve come across a residue-free cleaner that retains the original color of your surfaces.
The cleaner I’m talking about is Griot’s Garage Interior Cleaner, which promises not to spot, fade, or alter the dyes of your surfaces. This allows you to clean without the fear of your colors running and ruining the appearance of your interior (always spot test this cleaner on after-market-dyed leather).
Despite its gentle handling of your interior colors, this cleaner will effectively remove stubborn stains from your car seats, door panels, headliners, dash, carpets, and floor mats.
The interior cleaner is safe for vinyl, fabrics, and leather surfaces.
Because the Griot’s Garage Interior Cleaner is not a concentrate, your cleaner will not last for very long.
4. Meguiar’s D10801 Super Degreaser
#THE AGGRESSIVE CLEANER FOR ALL YOUR TOUGH STAINS
If your car is full of tough stains that refuse to come out, then you need to invest in an aggressive cleaner that can eliminate the toughest stains. That’s where the Meguiar’s Super Degreaser cleaner comes in.
This fast acting cleaner has been created to handle the toughest cleaning jobs, and will work through the most stubborn grease build ups with ease.
Simply spray the diluted Super Degreaser onto your stain (it is a concentrate and therefore needs to be mixed with water), and then wipe off the dirt and grime that has been causing you trouble.
This versatile Degreaser can be used on your car interiors (including leather upholstery), wheels, tires, and engine bay to name just a few parts.
The residue-free Degreaser also leaves behind a lovely herbal fragrance, which is refreshing if you are accustomed to nasty odors.
Remember to use the Super Degreaser in an open area where you do not have to breathe it in, as the spraying mist is harsh.
How to SAFELY Degrease Your Engine Bay:
5. Meguiar’s D10101 Detailer All Purpose Cleaner Gallon
#THE ALL-ROUND CLEANER FOR YOUR INTERIOR SURFACES
If you would like to recondition your interior surfaces, then Meguiar’s Detailer All Purpose Cleaner should be on your radar. This amazing cleaner works to lift dirt from your upholstery, carpet, leather, and vinyl, using a combination of optical brighteners and fabric softeners that leave your interior looking clean and new.
Unlike other car cleaners that barely foam, the foaming action on the Meguiar’s Detailer All Purpose Cleaner is nothing short of superior.
The only gripe that I can find with this cleaner is its shipping costs, which are almost equal to the price of the product.
Luckily, this cleaner has a 1 gallon capacity, so you won’t be shipping it regularly.
6. Mothers Carpet & Upholstery Brush
#THE MOST ERGONOMIC BRUSH FOR YOUR CARPET AND UPHOLSTERY
If you are looking for a brush that offers amazing scrubbing power, look no further than the Mothers Carpet & Upholstery Brush.
This lightweight brush has been designed with a comfortable non-slip grip, allowing for a firm hold when you are loosening embedded dirt.
The ergonomic brush has also been designed with stiff bristles with scratch-free properties.
While these stiff bristles allow you to remove deeply embedded dirt, they might be too tough for some fabrics such as leather. That’s why you need to test out the brush on a hidden area of fabric, to ensure that the bristles do not damage the fibers of your carpet or upholstery.
7. Mothers Detail Brush Set
#THE MOST EFFECTIVE BRUSH FOR YOUR CAR DETAILS
While most brushes aim to loosen dirt that has embedded itself into your carpet and upholstery fibers, the Mothers Detail Brush aims to eliminate dirt in hidden areas.
This Detail Brush is designed with a comfort grip, soft scratch-free bristles, and a useful rubber tip. All of this makes the brush excellent for emblems, trims, vents, seams, and other tight crevices in your car.
However, the soft bristles tend to bend easily (especially during tough jobs), meaning that you will need to replace your brush frequently. Thankfully, they come in an affordable set.
8. Detail Buddy Premium Detail Brush
#THE TOUGHEST DETAIL BRUSH FOR YOUR WHEELS, INTERIOR, LEATHER, AND TRIM
While the detailing brush described above comes with soft bristles that easily bend, the Detail Buddy Premium Detail Brush comes with solvent resistant bristles that can easily handle tough cleaning jobs.
This detailing brush is perfect for removing dirt and grime that has found its way into your emblems, trim, vents, and seats, and it is gentle enough to extract the dirt without damaging your interior.
Furthermore, the 2-inch long bristles allow you to reach further into tight crevices, meaning that no dirt is left behind.
You should not use this versatile detail brush on paint surfaces as it might cause minor scratches.
As you can see, the upholstery cleaners and tools given above all excel in a unique area. It is therefore up to you to choose the cleaner(s) and tool(s) that is most suitable for your needs, and then get started with cleaning your car exhaustively.
Based on the list above, which upholstery cleaner and tool do you plan on using? Let us know in the comment section below. And don’t forget to share this helpful list with your fellow car lovers.