Best Car Seat and Interior Cleaners of 2022
These products are the best car seat cleaners to help keep your upholstery smelling fresh and looking good.
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Best Car Seat Cleaner Overall
Chemical Guys Nonsense Invisible Super Cleaner cleans every car surface possible — interior and exterior — and cleans them exceptionally well. For upholstery (leather and cloth) and carpets, it removes old, dry stains and gives all the seats and floor mats an effective refresh.
Nonsense Cleaner is dye-free and scent-free, plus it’s pH-balanced, which prevents it from distorting the seat color. It’s considered a low-foam formula that won’t expand too much after dispensing, which helps avoid oversaturation. Nonsense Cleaner is a concentrate. You can dilute it to a 20:1 ratio for regular cleaning, or 10:1 or even 8:1 for tough stains and deeper cleans.
Best Overall, Runner-Up
Another all-in-one wonder product is CarGuys Super Cleaner. Unlike Nonsense Cleaner, CarGuys Super Cleaner works on interior surfaces only (except for glass, instrument panels and touch screens). But it’s powerful on cloth and leather upholstery, and carpeted floors/floor mats.
For regular cleaning, spritz the liquid onto a microfiber cloth and apply to the seats and floors. Spray it directly onto a tough or old stain — no dilution necessary.
Best Car Seat Cleaner Foam
Meguiar’s Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner lives up to Meguiar’s longstanding reputation. The can comes with a detachable brush for agitating the foam into the cloth, and it features two spray settings — one concentrated, the other wider. It leaves behind a new car scent that earns top marks from Amazon reviewers for subtlety.
Reviewers also offer this tip: The can is highly pressurized, so a little spray goes a long way.
Best Leather Car Seat Cleaner
To remove dirt and stains without messing up your leather’s color and finish, try TriNova Leather Cleaner. This product is pH-balanced to ensure colorfastness on your leather upholstery.
Spray the cleaner onto a microfiber cloth, not directly on the seats. This leather cleaner works well, but keep in mind it’s not a conditioner. While a conditioner isn’t necessary, some reviewers found conditioning to be a worthwhile extra step.
Best Steam Cleaner
Looking for a chemical-free way to clean your car seats? Give Dupray Neat Steam Cleaner a spin for sanitizing as well as cleaning. Steam cleaning is also particularly effective against organic matter like pet urine and vomit, as well as dried mud and winter road salt caked into carpeting/floor mats.
The Dupray Neat Steam Cleaner heats water to 275 F and runs for up to 50 minutes with a full tank. It only weighs nine pounds so it’s easy to haul out to the car. The six-foot steam hose comes with several attachments that should reach every corner of your car.
Best Car Seat Cleaner Shampoo
Chemical Guys Foaming Citrus Fabric Clean Carpet and Upholstery Shampoo could also be categorized as best smelling — several Amazon reviewers describe the citrus scent as “fresh lemons.”
This shampoo produces a lot of suds, but it can take a little elbow grease to work up a lather. A stiff brush or drill brush attachment can help. But don’t let that deter you. Amazon reviewers frequently post before and after pictures of used car seats restored to near new condition, making it worth the effort.
Best Car Seat Cleaner for Pet and Kid Messes
The bio-enzymes in Rocco and Roxie Professional-Strength Stain and Odor Eliminator feed on the ammonia in pet urine and also completely erase all hint of vomit, blood and other organic substances. Gross but good to know.
Spray this cleaner directly onto the upholstery and carpet and give it an hour or two to work, according to Amazon reviewers. As always, test for colorfastness in an inconspicuous spot before use.
Best Car Seat Cleaner Bargain
As its name implies, it’s really tough on stains and deep-down dirt. One possible downside: Some Amazon reviewers report sensitivity to the fumes during use. Always follow the manufacturer’s directions on the can. Wearing eye protection and a face mask make sense as a precaution.