There is a sense of fulfillment in having a Jeep Wrangler in your garage. However, it also comes with a great challenge to properly maintain the cleanliness of the vehicle all the time. The way the Jeep is structured is prone to dirt, especially if you are not using the top on the vehicle.
For this reason, it is essential to learn how to clean Jeep seats. This part of the vehicle is the most difficult to maintain since the dirt can reach up to the internal part of the Jeep seats. In this article, we will be presenting methods and techniques in cleaning different types of Jeep seats.
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Cleaning the Jeep Seats the Simple Way
Many uninformed Jeep owners think that cleaning the seats of their Jeep is difficult. However, this is not the case if you know what to do. The cleaning process is very simple, but you need to have suitable cleaning materials to achieve the optimum result.
Also, there are different types of seats in the vehicle, but the most popular are the cloth and leather seats. We will be focusing on cleaning these two types of seats and making sure that every inch of dirt will be removed to make them look brand new.
Materials You Will Need:
- A vacuum cleaner
- A set of brush
- A microfiber towel set
- Extractor vacuum
- Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner – For Clothes Seat
- Leather and Vinyl Cleaner – For Leather Seat
- Leather and Vinyl Conditioner – For Leather Seat
The best thing to do before starting the cleaning process is to remove the sets entirely from the vehicle to maximize the cleaning process. You can put it in an area where all the parts are exposed. Doing this step will enhance your chances of thoroughly cleaning the seat.
How to Clean Jeep Cloth Seats
Step 1: Removing the Surface Dirt
The initial step is to remove all the surface dirt on the seat using the vacuum cleaner. As you vacuum, make sure to get into those crevices where the stitches are. Use a small brush such as a toothbrush to remove the dirt stuck in those difficult places on the seat.
Using this brush effectively removes all those tiny dirt that would otherwise not be removed by the vacuum alone. Make sure to clean all the seat parts covering the front, back, and side parts, including the nooks, crannies, and the stitching of the seat.
Step 2: Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner Application
So, once the surface dirt is removed, you will then apply the carpet and upholstery cleaner. Just spray it over the surface of the seat and use the brush to spread it while constantly brushing the surface.
Use the brush to rub the product into the seat’s surface. You can see the importance of the brush when it comes to getting the best cleaning result. In this step, the brush helps agitate the fiber and allows the cleaner to go deep into the seat for more profound and better cleaning.
After brushing, grab a dry absorbent microfiber towel and wipe the seat down, absorbing the dirt and the cleaner along the way. Make sure to wipe every part of the seat, including the most challenging and hard-to-reach area.
Step 3: Cleaning the Foam Underneath the Seat
The first two steps were made to clean the surface of the Jeep’s seat. The next step is crucial since we will be cleaning the cushion or the foam underneath the seat. It will be beneficial to use an extractor vacuum when cleaning the foam underneath the seat.
The initial thing to do is saturate the surface with water but make sure that the water moisture will go down deep into the foam to dissolve all the dirt stuck in it. After you saturate the seat, you will use the extractor vacuum to suck out all the dissolved dirt underneath.
Always take your time and be thorough during the cleaning. Should you need to make multiple passes on the surface to maximize the result, then do it. You also want to make sure to suck all the water out because in the water comes all the dirt.
If you leave some water underneath, there is a tendency that you will also leave some dirt on the foam. With that said, you might consider spraying it down and vacuuming it twice if you feel that it is still not clean.
Step 4: Cleaning the Other Parts
After cleaning the seat, it will be better to apply the same cleaning process to the headrest, back of the seat, the side, and all the parts to clean the Jeep seat.
How to Clean Jeep Leather Seats
The most important thing to remember when cleaning leather seats is understanding that most seats come with seat covers or coded leather seats. Usually, the leather seat is being added with vinyl or other materials to cover the leather so that it can be protected all the time.
So, we will actually be cleaning the cover and removing all the dirt found in it in this cleaning process.
Step 1: Vacuuming the Seat
Start by vacuuming the seat to remove all the surface dirt found in it. Again, use the brush to remove all the dirt found on the stitches and the hard-to-reach places of the seat. You can put a small amount of leather and vinyl cleaner to remove all the stubborn dirt easily.
You can get a towel to serve as the thoroughly remove all the dirt on the surface. You can even vacuum it again to maximize the surface cleaning and finish it all off. Make sure to clean all the stitching on the leather very well and remove all the dirt.
Finish the cleaning by applying the leather and vinyl cleaner using a microfiber cloth. Wipe the surface of the leather with a premium to heavy pressure to remove all the dirt that remains on the surface.
Step 2: Condition the Seats
The leather and vinyl conditioner will protect the leather seats from outside threats. Applying it to the surface is an essential part of the cleaning process. You can directly apply the conditioner by spraying it to the surface, but there are other ways to do it effectively.
To be more effective, you can use a steamer to have an even better result. When you use a steamer, it will open the seat a lot more. Doing this action will allow the condition to soak deeper into the seat, giving you a better result.
After steaming the seat, dry it with a towel to be prepared with the conditioner application. Now, get your brush and spray the conditioner over it. After the application, wait for a minute to let it soak underneath.
After that, make it dry by using a microfiber cloth. Use the same procedure for the other parts of the seat. Make sure to remove all the dirt first before applying the conditioner.
Learning how to clean Jeep seats is an essential skill to know if you are a Jeep owner. Cleaning the seats is also a part of the overall maintenance of your vehicle, and mastering it well will bring so many benefits to the cleaning and maintenance of the Jeep in general.