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I bought a used Toyota Corolla several months ago. It
turned out to have a rather bad smell of body odor, which I
hadn't noticed at the time. It's overwhelming when the car
interior warms up. So now it smells like b.o. plus some
awful air freshener. I would like to have the car's
upholstery shampooed, in hope that a good cleaning will
help. So my question is, where can I get a good, thorough
auto upholstery shampoo? I am not interested in a fancy
auto detailing package, just a good upholstery cleaning.
Other ideas for odor elimination are welcome too. Thank
baking soda and fresh coffee grounds are my two go-to things
for odor. try dusting the inside of your car with baking
soda and leave it for a few hours then vacuum thoroughly.
then sprinkle fresh coffee grounds around and drive around
with that for a day or two, then vacuum again. good luck.
b.o.'s bad enough when it belongs to someone you know...
I just bought a car that I didn't realize belonged to a
smoker. I looked for someone to shampoo it and couldn't
really find anyone; those who did charged about $150 and
still didn't guarantee it or couldn't do it without heavy
perfume. I opened up the car all day with several open
containers of vinegar and baking soda around the car with
wet towels, closed at night, turning the towels once per day
to keep them wet. That helped the most. Then I took out all
the rugs and such to air. I bought a spray foam upholstery
cleaner, but the top broke off and it didn't work that well.
If you have access to an outlet, you could rent a rug
shampoo machine with attachments. I scrubbed all the vinyl
parts with a spray whose name I don't recall atm (black
spray bottle) - that was the most work; cleaned all the
windows and will change the cabin air filters this weekend
($22 usautoparts.com, came the next day compared to $35 at
the dealer). Then I sprayed all the upholstery and rugs with
Maguire's odor eliminator that I got at Kragen, which has
some perfume, but doesn't stay very strong. That helped the
most. If there's an unscented Febreeze, that would be fine
too, but more expensive. I can still smell it faintly, but
it's much better and I haven't done the filter yet. If I'd
had more elbow grease to shampoo, it would be all fine now.
Can anyone recommend a way to clean our increasingly dirty
rust-colored ultrasuede sofa? It's almost four years old and
while I've been able to easily spot-clean with water and Dawn,
the seat cushions are getting kind of nasty and I would love to
either have a service come to our place or buy some sort of
cleaner myself that can take care of cleaning the entire sofa
without staining it, discoloring etc. The seat covers do come
off, so if it's possible to dryclean I could try that (any
drycleaners who do ultrasuede reliably?). But the arms and back
could really do with a clean as well.
And turning the cushions over would just be deferring dealing
with the grime (although it's tempting...)
Thanks for any suggestions!
Grimy no more
People that clean carpets do upholstered furniture too. I
recommend Bob's Khem clean, they don't use all the chemicals
that the big ones do. My ultrasuede couch comes out looking new.
Uses them regularly
We were told to use rubbing alcohol when we bought ours. Our
couches look new. We have cleaned anything and everything off
of them. I suggest you grab some rags and test clean a section
out of site using generous amounts of straight alcohol. See
I just had Mark from SunClean (BPN recommendation) come and
clean my couch, carpets and area rugs. I highly recommend him--
he's prompt, works hard, does a great job, and delievered on
every promise. Add to that you you are using only safe,
environment and kid (and adult) friendly cleaners, as well as
supporting an independent family business--and what have you
got to lose?! Call Mark 510.263.0321 www.suncleancarpetcare.com
it's easy being green
On a recent visit, my 2 1/2 year-old nephew put his autograph
with black ballpoint ink on my beige microsuede couch. I didn't
treat the ballpoint inkmarks with my regular stain-remover (for
laundry) because I was afraid it would just make it worse. What
works best (prefer to hear from people that have tried the
Thanks in advance
It even worked on an ink stain on clothes that had been washed many
(I'd test first on a hidden spot on your couch, just in case, but think
it'll be fine) Amazed by hairspray for inkstains
I recently had my beige microfiber sofa professionally cleaned and wow!
Brand new again! My son wrote on the sofa with a Sharpie. I had
actually forgotten about that until we had the sofa cleaned and I
noticed the ink was gone. Microfiber seems to really show grease stains
- grubby little hands, spilled milk - but after having it professionally
steam cleaned, it looked brand new again.
My sister told me about using hair spray to dissolve pen ink in fabric.
If the Hair spray leave some lacquer residue a watered down solution of
Rubbing alcohol should dissolve the lacquer from the Hairspray after the
hairspray has gotten rid of the ink. You should try this on small patch
of the couch suede out of sight first to make sure that this will not
discolor or leave residue. Try both the hair spray and the rubbing
alcohol in a hidden spot first hair spray solution
I just thought I'd write saying that I do not recommend Stanley Steemers for upholstery cleaning. I saw a few positive messages on BPN so I called them, but they didn't do a good cleaning job, they whipped through it in 20 minutes, and then they dumped the waste water on my plants in the front yard without asking me! I said, wait a minute, what about the chemicals? And they claimed they didn't use chemicals, even though I saw them spraying stuff all over the furniture. I decided not to have them come back to clean better because I really didn't feel like dealing with them again.
Someone recently gave me a very nice glider chair that's been
used by two separate families. It's clean and in good condition,
but the cushions smell *terrible*, sort of a combination of baby
powder and the residue of body fluids! Airing them out has not
helped; in fact, moisture in the air seems to make the smell more
intense! Any other suggestions? (The cushions are foam covered in
a polyester fabric, and the label says ''do not dry clean''.)
Thanks a million!
Try putting them outside in the full, hot sun for as many days as it takes. When I lived in Mexico this is how everything was disinfected. It works with shoes, bedding, etc., pillows, so I'm pretty sure it will work for cushions. I don't know if it will fade badly enough to have to be covered again, but it's worth a try if you can't stand the smell. Good luck.
If a cold water wash and drying in sunlight doesn't work, (I know it says dryclean only, but what have you got to lose?) buy some foam and quilters batting at a fabric store. Use a serrated bread knife to cut the foam to size, wrap it with batting, make a muslin cover to hold it all together while the outer cover is in the wash, and that's that!
I got a couch once that smelled ''old''. I washed the polyester cushions in a set-tub I had (or bathtub), with strong non-toxic soap that I liked the smell of, then dried them outside for a couple of sunny days. This was quite an undertaking but it worked. Of course you risk the chance that despite the effort your unique smell might still be there. (I also got new upholstery for the whole thing.)
Also you could buy new custom cut foam or latex, though these are more expensive options.
I'm actually interested in hearing what others did too. Good Luck.
Hi - we need to get our couches cleaned and were wondering
if anyone knew of a great cleaner who will come to the
Check out Appleby Cleaning at
They're located in San Leandro but work throughout the
area--I've had them clean our rugs in Oakland and now in
Lafayette. They've been around for years, and have long-
term employees. A professional, high quality operation. I
haven't had them clean any upholstery but my in laws have
had their rugs and sofas done by Appleby for *years* and
have always been pleased with their work. They're not the
cheapest but they're great!
Two years of toddler abuse has left our furniture in pretty
bad shape (wish I had thought of slipcovers at the outset!).
It's too far gone for spot cleaning. I'm wondering
whether professional cleaning might be the solution or if I
should just bite the bullet and re-cover/replace/slipcover
the furniture. If anyone has experience with professional
upholstery cleaners I'd appreciate some
advice/recommendations. Also, I suspect that a home/rental
steam cleaner wouldn't be great at this, but if anyone has
tried that approach, I'd like to hear how well it worked.
I would like to recommend Stanley Steemer in San Leandro
(tel. 510 614-6833) for cleaning of upholstery and carpets.
We have a toddler who trails his meals all over the house
and have had them come to our house and steam clean the
carpets and upholstery for two years now. They are always
prompt and very professional, and we have had excellent
results with the cleaning. We also had them do a protective
coating on carpets and furniture that allows stains to just
be cleaned with water and lasted for about a year (though
only promised for 6 months) on our light colored carpet. I
was about to reupholster two badly dirtied chairs as well,
but they cleaned up very well, except where nap of fabric
was physically worn (arm ends). It is way cheaper to clean
than to reupholster, so I'd try cleaning before committing
to redo upholstered furniture. The cleaners were very
honest with me when they came about whether or not the
damage could be cleaned, and the results exceeded my
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