Best Car Upholstery Cleaner
Does the best really exist?

Why pick any car interior cleaner when the best car upholstery cleaner is what you are really after!

Finding the best of anything is not as simple of a find as asking someone like myself. Ultimately the best is going to come down to nuances that only you can decide what is best for you and your world.

With that said, I am willing to bet that you would like to know what I think is the best upholstery cleaner based on my decades of professional detailing experience.

After all...

do you really want a quality upholstery cleaner, or a really clean car! Of course you can't just have the end result without first finding and choosing a top rated car upholstery cleaner.

Car Upholstery Cleaners:
Darren's simplified approach!

In today's world of advanced chemical engineering there are limitless choices when it comes to finding the best of anything. This represents both the good news and the bad news.

If you enjoy hours upon hours of research then you will not be disappointed, as there are even more opinions than there are upholstery cleaners and you will quickly come to the conclusion that you are chasing your tail from one review to the next.

Let me be direct and straight....

  • The industry's top priority is to separate you from your money.
  • The industry would have you buy more products, not less products.
  • Instead of buying 10 different cleaning products, I can show you how to get away with a single car upholstery cleaner that can be used on everything in your car.

"From leather, to velour, to cloth upholstery... if you know what to buy, you can get away with a single car upholstery cleaner and save yourself not only frustration, but a bunch of money!"

Follow along and see what I consider to be the top rated upholstery cleaners and see if I don't simplify you and your world.

Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner

Simple Green 13005CT Industrial Cleaner and Degreaser, Concentrated, 127.8 Fl Oz, Pack of 1

  • My "go-to" all purpose cleaner that is safe for virtually any cleaning in any car.
  • Leather, velour, cloth, carpeting, etc.
  • Concentrate allows you to custom blend based on your needs.
  • Ideal for the beginning professional as you can use this product for endless cleaning tasks for both interior and exterior.
  • This is a gallon size of concentrated all-purpose cleaner that can be custom diluted to fit your needs and so versatile as to handle so many tasks of the auto detailing process.
  • I dilute Simple Green down 10:1 when using this product to do all my cleaning and shampooing on the interior of the car (This means one part Simple Green with 10 equal parts of water added)

Darren's Tips: It may seem strange to many of you that I do not use a dedicated car upholstery cleaner as my "go-to" product for cleaning and shampooing car upholstery. I have found like most areas of auto detailing, that the industry wants you to buy endless dedicated products and fill your garage shelves with endless products.

For this reason I have found alternatives that are more economical and can simplify my world by using less products, not more products.

Simple Green is one of those products!

Best Car Upholstery Cleaner:
The right cleaning brushes

Rubbermaid Professional Plus Scrub Brush, Scrubbing Brush (FGG23712)

  • The scrub brush I use professionally
  • Not too stiff; not too soft
  • I use this on virtually every material within a cars interior: leather, vinyl, cloth, velour, etc.
  • Remember; you remain in control (if you find using this scrub brush scary at first, simply go at it easy until you gain the confidence

Kirkland Signature Ultra High Pile Premium Microfiber Towels (36-Pack)

  • Micro-fiber cloths are the only cloths I use in detailing regardless of the job
  • More absorbent, softer, and lint free (ideal for cleaning car upholstery)
  • I use these exact micro-fibers on 80% of all my detailing tasks for both interior and exterior use

Bar5F Empty Plastic Spray Bottles 32 oz, Chemical Resistant, Professional, Heavy Duty, Fully Adjustable Head Sprayer, Pack of 3 (Grey)

  • The actual spray bottles and spray heads I use professionally
  • Perfect for using your custom blended cleaning solutions

Best Car Upholstery Cleaner:
Dedicated car upholstery cleaners

I understand that there will be some of you who simply want dedicated car upholstery cleaners packaged for use on your cars interior. While I don't follow the industry rules, I understand this dilemma. For this reason I have included the recommendations below:

3D Upholstery and Carpet Shampoo

3D Upholstery & Carpet Shampoo - 16 oz | High Foam Stain Remover | Clean & Deodorize | Odor Eliminator | Cleans Seats, Rugs & Carpet

  • Another of my favorites.
  • Concentrate so you can custom blend.
  • Safe for all your car interior cleaning.
  • Leather, cloth, carpeting, velour, etc.
  • More appropriate size if you are a driveway detailer or just getting started in the business.

Best Car Upholstery Cleaners:
Ready to Use (RTU)

For those looking to simply take care of their own personal car or a little gun shy about signing onto a concentrate that will make gallons of upholstery cleaner, then these ready to use versions will also deliver professional grade results and might prove to be the winning balance for you and your world.

Car Guys Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner (actually an "everything cleaner")

CarGuys Super Cleaner - The most effective All Purpose Cleaner available on the market! - Best for Leather Vinyl Carpet Upholstery Plastic Rubber and much more! - 18 oz Kit

  • Professional ready to use upholstery cleaner.
  • Just spray and clean.
  • A top rated car upholstery cleaner
  • One way to truly simply your life and considered by man as the best car upholstery cleaner ever.

Griot's Garage Carpet Cleaner

Griot's Garage 11104SP Interior Cleaner - 35 oz.

  • Another top rated, ready-to-use car upholstery cleaner.
  • Well known company and a professional grade cleaner.
  • Another way to keep things super simple.
  • You will not be disappointed.

Best Car Upholstery Cleaner Summary

Now that you are among the select few of society called teh "informed", not only are you prepared to get what you really want....a very clean car. But you can now pay this information forward and help me spread the world to any of your family and friends. Simply share this link to your favorite forum or social media site and help pay this forward!


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