Grrr... any tips for cleaning car interior?

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Your dealer ship may offer detailing I just had our car done it was just under $200 for a complete cleaning and shampoo of seats
 

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Hydrogen peroxide (the 3% solution sold in the first aid supply section) is great at removing urine odor and staining from upholstery and carpets, even old stains. Followed up with 90% isopropyl alcohol you can dry the cleaned, damp areas quickly in a well-ventilated area.

Works on mattresses too and the whole thing costs less than $5
 
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This is nothing new. Every parent in the world has cleaned a diaper blowout in the car or off the carpet. Its not the end of the world.
 

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Friend of mine used to clean carpets for a living, said a lot of consumer products actually make it worse because they don't dry fully, and they leave some residue which then attracts more dirt.

Methyl-Ethyl Ketone (MEK) or Isopropyl Alcohol are VERY effective but may not be safe on some materials, test a small area first - and DO NOT use Acetone, it dissolves plastic and all sorts!

I've had good results with those, or automotive brake cleaner, but again check what's in it and test it on a small area first.

All of the above are bad to inhale and very flammable but evaporate quickly and leave zero residue.
MEK is pretty nasty stuff - don't use it if you don't know what you're doing.

Best bet would be a enzyme based cleaner specifically for urine. Try one of the pet stain carpet cleaners (just make sure it says something about 'enzymes' on the label).
 

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I have been doing car detailing my entire life, ( soon will be 69), all kinds of good products out there, but a very basic and a very good cleaner is a spray can of window cleaner, the ammonia and general cleaning ability of glass cleaner is perfect for a fast and thorough clean of cloth, vinyl or leather seats, work great on glass and plastic interior, coffee on headliners or dirt from hands will clean sun visors and headliner where it gets rubbed all the time, just try it, glass cleaner in a spray can is cheap !!!!!
 

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I have been doing car detailing my entire life, ( soon will be 69), all kinds of good products out there, but a very basic and a very good cleaner is a spray can of window cleaner, the ammonia and general cleaning ability of glass cleaner is perfect for a fast and thorough clean of cloth, vinyl or leather seats, work great on glass and plastic interior, coffee on headliners or dirt from hands will clean sun visors and headliner where it gets rubbed all the time, just try it, glass cleaner in a spray can is cheap !!!!!
Ammonia is horrible for the long-term care of leather....really destroys it over time Never use it on leather
 

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Ammonia is horrible for the long-term care of leather....really destroys it over time Never use it on leather
I am not talking long term use, talking about when a car gets traded in and cleaning it up, doing a one time detail, I was also mistaken, just looked at the glass cleaner can and there is no ammonia in the spray can cleaners, I know the leather cleaners u can buy at auto parts stores can also be bad, just cleaned a VW and it took the color off of the leather, so went back to the glass cleaner.
 
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I am not talking long term use, talking about when a car gets traded in and cleaning it up, doing a one time detail, I was also mistaken, just looked at the glass cleaner can and there is no ammonia in the spray can cleaners, I know the leather cleaners u can buy at auto parts stores can also be bad, just cleaned a VW and it took the color off of the leather, so went back to the glass cleaner.
Using ammonia even once ruins leather, so that one-time detail just screwed someone out of leather seats/interiors...sad
 

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Umm yeah my van stinks of pee no passengers that's how I like it.
When my van reaches end of life just crush it for all I care lol
 

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reread my first text Daniel, I talked about everything in interiors, and please stop, this is ridiculous. I am done.
 

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reread my first text Daniel, I talked about everything in interiors, and please stop, this is ridiculous. I am done.
What ever you say darlin'. You advised using ammonia to clean leather - no one should. That all.
 
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