19 April 2017

Shiny: Carpet

Caring for your car’s carpet via routine maintenance only requires a couple of household “tools” and a good stain cleaner. We recommend Meguiar’s Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner. Start by dry brushing the carpet with a firm bristle brush, which helps loosen dirt and gets the fibers to stand upright. Follow by vacuuming to remove any debris. Then spot treat stains by spraying directly on the stain about 4-6 inches away. Squeeze the trigger slowly and hold once a steady stream flows. Let it sit and penetrate for about 15-30 seconds. Afterwards, lightly agitate with a brush or a thick terry towel. Blot the area dry with a separate clean dry cotton towel until clean. Repeat this as needed, then allow the area to dry before using or covering with a mat. Finally, admire your results and take your car for a well-deserved drive.

Products Highlighted:

G9719 Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner

15 Reader Comments

  • 1
    Carl Beck Clearwater, FL April 26, 2017 at 19:02
    Not Carpet Related - but worth a mention: Meguiar’s Glass Cleaner - it is worth seeking out and buying for the Garage. Far superior to the household brands for automotive glass cleaning.. especially used on the inside glass.
  • 2
    Ricardo Redneb Marsville ontario April 26, 2017 at 22:14
    What's with the ball room music. Is this Hagerty's Cleaning with The Stars' Enough to make Liberace roll over..
  • 3
    valerie Winneconne, WI April 27, 2017 at 14:13
    For the '91 Cadillac: try one of the spray carpet deodorizers, like Febreze... test on a hidden spot before you use it all over; also try wiping down surfaces with straight vinegar.. again, test on an inconspicuous spot before using all over. It may take a complete interior cleaning with automotive upholstery and carpet cleaners to do the job. ... park it outside in the sun with the windows down, if possible.
  • 4
    tom b ohio April 27, 2017 at 16:26
    if its really stained bad use my secret mix 1/3 laquer thinner 1/3 simple green 1/3 hot water let it set 10 min after you scrub in and wet vac out takes out almost any thing a little stinky for a day nut better than scrapping the carpet been using it over 20 yrs good on seats also
  • 5
    Ronald A. Gooden Florida April 27, 2017 at 05:39
    What about cleaning the whole carpet, vacuuming will not do the job.
  • 6
    Wesly J. Naples, Fl. April 27, 2017 at 19:36
    Liquid soaps most often leave a residue which will draw more soil to the area. I recommend Capture, it is a dry cleaning powder that can be completely extracted (along with the dirt) using a vacuum. Eliminate odors with Odor-Ban and charcoal briquets. Air 'fresheners' only mask the odor.
  • 7
    Barry Scovel Seattle April 27, 2017 at 10:25
    I bought a Little Greenie portable shampooer from Bissell, less than $100. works well and easy to move around in a car.
  • 8
    william Vroman ingleside,Il. April 27, 2017 at 10:35
    Not carpet related, but any suggestions on removing the closed up car smell. Our "91 new to us Cadillac was closed for maybe a year or two and I am having an issue with removing that odor. Thought I had it licked until I ran the air conditioning last week end.
  • 9
    Jim Bond Southeastern Orange County April 27, 2017 at 11:38
    I love ❤️ the music - it makes a dirty dreary job seem light and fun. And I used to be in a punk band 🕺
  • 10
    Peter CA April 27, 2017 at 11:54
    Appreciate the "Making your classic reliable" series, (printing those) but this was a worthless advertisement.
  • 11
    Wayne Florida April 27, 2017 at 12:54
    My guess is no copy write fees to pay on this generic (stock) tune.
  • 12
    Trish Barrie, ON April 28, 2017 at 09:08
    I highly think this would remove the ground in salt stains. they take a lot of elbow grease!!!
  • 13
    Chuck Conyers Ga April 28, 2017 at 10:58
    For the Cadillac smell, I use Zep Air and fabric spray Blue Sky scent https://m.lowes.com/pd/Zep-Commercial-Air-and-Fabric-Odor-Eliminator-Blue-Sky-Air-Freshener-Spray/3621270 Soak down the carpet and leave the doors open and windows down outside as often as you can over a few days. Repeat as necessary. For the AC smell, try spraying Lysol into the outside air intake vents just under the windshield with the AC running. Often mildew etc in the vents is the cause and Lysol will kill it.
  • 14
    Laren Hesseltine Spokane April 29, 2017 at 00:33
    Maguiar's is an over-priced gimmick. Just about any carpet cleaner would work just fine. I used to feel that Meguiar's was top-notch. But, the last time I tried Meguiar's I was using the Cleaner Wax product. The Cleaner Wax dissolved some rubberized plastic on my vehicle. The damage was significant, and melted moldings that led to future water damage. I emailed Meguiar's and was told that the small-print directions warn against use on plastic and rubbers. What car these days does not have plastic and rubber parts? So---Make sure you get a magnifying glass and read all the fine print on the Maguiar's labels! Wliiiam Vroman: A/C ducts can be deodorized with Lysol. If your Cadillac has cabin filters---Change the cabin filters. For interior odors, place pans with ammonia on the floors of you car, and leave the pans of ammonia over night. The ammonia will absorb odors. I had a car that had been owned by a sloppy fast food eater/s. The interior smelled like a rendering plant. Ammonia solved the problem. For A/C ducts, try Lysol---or some other similar product, especially through the fresh-air intake.
  • 15
    John Brown Canada April 30, 2017 at 11:38
    William : You might want to inspect your air handling system ducts. It is common for mice etc to make their homes in vehicle air cleaners and duct work while vehicles are in storage

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