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Cleaning Seat Cushions

Fbeaver

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2006 Black Raven and Shale XLR-V
When I got my 2006 XLR-V with the Shale interior I noticed the driver’s side seat cushion was a very different color than the passenger’s side. It was very dirty, in fact it was almost brown. This is how I remedied that.

First I poured some gentle foaming hand soap into a bucket of warm water. It doesn’t matter what brand of soap as long as it’s gentle foaming.

Using a natural horsehair shoe brush, I gently washed the seat cushion, rinsing the brush out often. While I was at it, I also did the seat belt. When I poured the water out I was amazed at how dirty it was.

Then I took a soft towel and gently rubbed the seat cushion and seat belt. Again, I was amazed at how much dirt came off on the towel.

After the seat cushion dried a couple of days later I wasn’t satisfied with how clean it was so I did the above procedure again.

After it dried a second time it was almost the same color as the passenger’s side but not quite so I did the procedure a third time. This time, I also sprayed on a light coat of Tuff Stuff. For good measure I did the passenger side too.

I discovered what looked like a ketchup stain on the passenger side seat belt that the Tuff Stuff took right off. Since this was originally a southern California car, I suspect the ketchup stain came from someone eating at In-N-Out Burger.

After the third cleaning both seat cushions finally appeared to be the same color and I was satisfied. It was well worth the effort just for the improved appearance.

Even if you have an Ebony interior, if you clean your seat cushions I bet you’ll remove a lot of dirt from them you probably didn’t even know you had.

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Rob

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Awesome! I'm going to move this into the Care and Maintenance forum!
 

Fbeaver

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Athens, AL
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2006 Black Raven and Shale XLR-V
OK, thanks. I didn’t notice that general forum or I would have put it there to start with.
 
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