One of the first things you notice when getting into your own car is the cleanliness of your interior. Upholstery and interior fabrics can get water, oil, soda and all sorts of other stains over the years.
Give yourself peace of mind by using some of the best cleaners to get those stains out and make your interior upholstery look great and keep it protected from spills. We’ve gone through the effort of reviewing some of the best interior car upholstery care products of this year so you know exactly what to get. Here are the best car upholstery care products of 2020.
10. Turtle Wax Ultimate Upholstery Stain & Odor Eliminator Kit
The Ultimate Upholstery Stain & Odor Eliminator Kit from Turtle Wax offers a suite of products for cleaning and maintaining your interior upholstery. Included is a premium microfiber towel, an essential cleaning tool for any kit. The Power Out Upholstery Cleaner & Protector has a built-in detachable scrub brush so that after you spray the foam cleaner onto your upholstery or targeted area, you can agitate the area to work out any stains and pull up any dirt. It shouldn’t require a lot of effort to work the stains free. This cleaner excels at getting out water and liquid stains from your carpet also.
If you have any lingering odors, you can follow up with the Odor-X Odor Eliminator & Refresher spray and buff that into the area with the microfiber towel to help eliminate odors from cigarette smoke, rotted food, mildew, pets or more. This kit offers powerful cleaning to take stains and dirt out of your upholstery, interior carpet and fabrics and then a solution for eliminating lingering odors. While this wasn’t at the top of our list, we were still impressed with how effective this kit ended up being.
9. Optimum Power Clean
Power Clean by Optimum is an emulsifying degreaser that utilizes enhanced polymers in order to break down stubborn stains. Comes in a convenient spray bottle that can be used full strength for your exterior needs, but is powerful enough that it should be diluted at a 5:1 or 10:1 ratio for your upholstery care needs. At a diluted solution of 5:1, this Power Clean can also be used to clean your headliner, console, plastic interior and trim, vinyl trim, and interior carpet. This cleaner is solvent and VOC free, and contains no harsh or hazardous chemicals.
Spray Power Clean on your upholstery or otherwise that needs cleaned, allow time for the cleansing action to occur, and agitate with a quality bristled brush or your best microfiber towel. Follow up with a wet towel to rinse the power clean solution away and dry thoroughly. Repeat as needed. This versatile cleaner is powerful and safe to use for cars, RVs, motorcycles, boats, and trucks.
8. Coconix Upholstery, Vinyl and Leather Repair Kit
For vinyl and leather that needs repaired, the Vinyl and Leather Repair Kit by Coconix will allow you to restore and match color by filling in and touching up cracks, tears, rips, burns, and more. The compound will allow you to patch up midsize and wide rips without any additional tools. You won’t need a heat gun, putty, glue, or patches with this. You’ll get professional looking results and you can use the colors provided to match the color and shade of your old or new genuine leather, faux, synthetic, imitation or even premium upholstery.
The compound is a mixture of glue and paint that will cure to resolve the tear, scratch, or imperfection in your vinyl and leather. There is enough included to repair approximately a 1 inch wide rip or tear. Keep going over the tear or blemish several times until the compound sets in and you should have a restored vinyl or leather product in no time.
7. Blue Coral Dri-Clean Upholstery Cleaner with Odor Eliminator
This Upholstery Cleaner by Blue Coral comes in a pack of 6, and has a streak-free formula that will bind to dirt, grime, dust, and more without leaving behind any residue. You can spray this cleaner directly from the tip of the bottle and use the scrub cap to really dig into your floor mats, carpet, upholstery and lift those set in stains and dirt out. This even includes an odor eliminator that will combat musty set-in smells and let your car smell the way it should, fresh and clean.
Safe for chrome, painted surfaces, and trim as well, just use a microfiber towel or applicator pad to wipe those clean after applying to prevent any scratches. This upholstery cleaner can be applied in direct sunlight without worry, as it goes on easy and comes off just as easy.
6. Sonax Upholstery and Alcantara Cleaner
This Upholstery and Alcantara cleaner by Sonax was developed specifically to clean the surface of your alcantara interior upholstery and trim. If your car has an Alcantara interior, you may have trouble finding the proper cleaner to properly treat it when it gets dirty. Alcantara is an imitation suede, and gradually the surfaces collect dirt, spills, and oils which can lead to it folding down, getting matted, or taking on even a silver glossy surface.
This cleaner goes on as a foam so it stays on the surface, and we recommend using a soft nylon brush to gently pull the dirt, oil, and other grime out of your alcantara. After some brushing, simply wipe what’s come to the surface off with a quality microfiber cloth to bring back the original look and feel of your alcantara. With this Alcantara cleaner, you can revive the original look of your interior alcantara. In addition, it’s multipurpose so it can be used to clean the other upholstered interior as well. Safe to use on carpets, vinyl, and other upholstered and interior surfaces.
5. Chemical Guys Total Interior Cleaner & Protectant
Another product by Chemical Guys, this Interior Cleaner & Protectant is all you need when it comes to taking care of your upholstery. It utilizes a formula that will gently clean your surfaces without the risk of spotting, staining, or etching them. Practical uses include cleaning virtually almost any interior surface, and it will leave behind a lasting protective layer that will shield your upholstery from UV damage.
This cleaning solution is soft enough to use on hard, clear, shiny, or even soft surfaces in your interior. The best thing about this cleaner and protectant is its versatility. This disinfectant cleaner will take light dirt, dust, and stains from your upholstery and can also be used to clean your cupholders, clear off fingerprints, and leave them protected in the future as well. While it will still linger around to protect your surfaces, it won’t leave behind any noticeable residues, and your upholstery and surfaces won’t look greasy or feel oily.
4. Chemical Guys InnerClean Interior Quick Detailer and Protectant
Cleaning your upholstery has never been easier with this all surface InnerClean Interior Quick Detailer by Chemical Guys. Available in baby powder or pineapple scents, this all purpose cleaner will work fast to bind to dirt, body oils, dust, and other grime on your upholstery so it can be easily removed. Spray the target area with a small amount and the dirt will wipe off easily with a decent microfiber towel leaving your interior clean, protected from dirt and smelling great.
This non-greasy cleaner will let you quickly detail your car’s interior without leaving behind a greasy mess. We recommend this for vinyl, hard plastic, or leather interiors. When using to clean leather, follow up with a proper leather conditioner afterwards. Not recommended for cloth headliners or lightly colored upholstery as this may discolor it slightly.
3. Eagle One Interior Detailer
Third on our list of the best car upholstery care products of this year, we chose the Interior Detailer by Eagle One. This Interior Detailer spray is great for upholstery that has a rigid or hard surface. Especially on interior plastics, this will help hide scuff marks and other unsightly scrapes. For hard surfaces and interior plastics, this will help restore its beauty.
This spray for interior detailing comes in a convenient aerosol spray canister to allow faster and more even coverage. We recommend using a microfiber towel to buff out your hard interior surfaces with some spray applied beforehand. This dries quickly and won’t leave behind a sticky film or residue. If you’re tired of your interior plastics looking tired, give this a try.
2. Spray & Wipe Interior Detailer by Turtle Wax
This Spray & Wipe Interior Detailer by Turtle Wax is handy to have ready in your vehicle. The Spray & Wipes comes in a travel size bottle that features dry disposable microfiber-like towels with an included spray bottle. You can choose to wipe down your interior with the dry lint-free towels or use the spray to clean and deodorize your interior surfaces as needed. Because the liquid is in the spray bottle, this means that unlike traditional wipes, these will never dry out and lose moisture. You simply spray as much as you need for each application.
This spray is safe to use on vinyl, plastic, rubber, leather, electronic screens and more. For small targeted areas, spray on each wipe and clean the desired area. For larger areas, spray directly on the surface and wipe down with a clean cloth from the spray & wipe container. For jobs small and large, this is a great choice.
1. Interior Cleaner by Aero Cosmetics
When it comes to the best product for cleaning the interior of your car, the Interior Cleaner by Aero Cosmetics is the perfect answer. This aviation grade cleaner is safe to use on all interior types including leather, vinyl, carpet, trim, plastic, and many more.
After spraying what you want to clean, wipe with a damp towel to apply the cleaner and use a separate towel for drying. This will pick up dirt, get out coffee stains, take care of grease stains, and it won’t leave your surfaces with smudges or have them looking glossy or slick. For the price and quality, this just can’t be beat.