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 Posted: Sun Jul 10th, 2022 10:16 pm
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I took the passenger seat out of the truck I recently took to the scrap yard... for the rails. It was filthy, looked like it had soup spilled on it, a dog sat in it frequently and it was smoked in constantly but the rails were good.


I pulled the cover off the back, and got curious as to "how would one clean this". I brought it inside, wife wouldn't let me put it in the washer or dishwasher LOL so we batted around ideas on what would clean it the best.

Decided on laundry detergent.

It was an experiment, the thing was scrap anyway so I took a spray bottle, put about a quarter cup of "All" free and clear and some hot water, like a 6 or 7 to 1 ratio.

I sprayed it down, let it sit for 15 minutes then took the power washer to it. It came 100% clean.  ?


So I removed the bottom seat cover which was worse than the back cover. Soaked it with the special mix, let it sit and sprayed it off with the power washer. Mind you this seat had some rust and oil stains too.

It looks 100% clean. The first one is completely dry today and looks amazing, even smells great kinda has that new car smell since the detergent we use at home has no dyes or perfumes. My wife is allergic to everything so we have to use this type.

Simply amazing the small amount of effort that went into this VS the size of the reward. I really didn't know the covers were that easy to remove though I did have the seat "apart" due to removing the rails, still that only took a few minutes.

I can take an after shot but should have taken a before shot... I didn't because I gave it a very small chance of working half as well a it did.



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I used Armor All carpet & upholstery cleaner on the passenger's seat of my "new to me" 2005 F-150 & it cleaned up great. The truck had seat covers on the seats which I did not want & when I took them off it looked like someone spilled coffee on the seat bottom. I had to clean it 3-4 times but it came out very clean.

This pic was before cleaning,



This pic was after cleaning,




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getting the cover back on the seat can be a challenge :)

the factory seat and carpet materials are very very good and can take a real beating, polyester and nylon can be cleaned to be near new for most of its life!!
power washer for the win



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When I did mine, I turned the seat cover inside out, except for about 12 inches on the closed end.

Slipped the end over the portion of the seat I was working on, get it tight and in place, then rolling of pulling the rest on while keeping things tight.

Was easier than I expected, just take your time.

I did keep the seat covers in the sun to keep them warm. did it help, I don't know but as I said eaasier than expected.



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