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pressure wash my seats?

my kids are filthy animals. the 2nd and third row seats are disgustingly dirty, grimy and stained. I am thinking about removing the seats, spraying them down with LA's Totally Awesome Cleaner and then taking a pressure washer to them. has anyone else pressure washed their seats, and if so, how did it turn out?

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Yes, I have 3 kids and would make long trips with them, the damage they can do a to a vehicle while they are young is immense.

IMO, pressure washing a seat is too harsh, it "might" do damage. Perhaps if the pressure washer has an adjustment for the lowest setting for temp and pressure, it might be ok to use.

Removing the seat does wonders for thorough cleaning of the seat and carpet/floor. I have been able to thoroughly clean absolutely disgusting seats with just a brush and fabric shampoo mixed with warm water, then using a wet/dry vac to vacuum out the dirty soapy water sucked up by the fabric and foam. May have had to repeat it several times. The wet/dry vac will get the seats 3/4 dry if you take your time with it, if the wet/dry vac is still sucking up dirty/dark water out of the fabric cushions, that means you need to go back and repeat with the brush and soapy warm water, until it sucks out at least mostly clean water. After you get it 3/4 dry with the wet/dry vac, leave them in the sun to dry fully and re-install them after doing the same to the carpet.

Usually, pulling the carpet is more work than it is worth, you have shampoo the carpet and wet/dry vac it while its still in the vehicle.

And there is nothing wrong with putting it all back together still damp, and leaving the windows open for it to dry as well, provided it doesn't rain on the vehicle while the windows are open. It might take several days before it dries out completely.

Shampoo, honestly any good cleaner mixed with warm water does great, using the spray cans you can purchase at auto stores are too expensive and slow to thoroughly soak and do an entire interior, they are more a spot remover/spot treatment deal. In the past I have just mixed some laundry detergent and simple green in a pail of hot water to use a brush to shampoo the seats and carpet with the seats removed.
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Oh, BTW, bolts that hold the seats in can sometimes rust and seize over the years. So, be careful, if the bolt doesn't want to give and unbolt, it might be wiser to elect to clean the seat while it is still in the vehicle. I have snapped off bolts that hold in seats, fixing that becomes 10 times harder than cleaning the seat while it is still in the vehicle.
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