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Old 07-14-2010, 08:53 PM   #1
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Default What should I use to clean the interior that will be safe?

My 04 STI's seats are dirty. I've been researching how to clean car upholstery and people use carpet cleaners that get the seats really damp and soapy. I've read on here, a lot of people recommend that you steam clean the STI seats. I have a carpet cleaner with an attachment, but im afraid that it will ruin the seats. Should I buy a steamer or is it safe to use the carpet cleaner. If both are ok, which one is more effective?
Also what are the stock seats made out of?

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Old 07-14-2010, 09:44 PM   #2
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A fabric brush and Tuff Stuff fabric cleaner. I've been using it for over 25 years without any problems.

Note: if you use it to clean the head-liner, do not use the fabric brush, but instead use only an old cotton towel.
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Old 07-14-2010, 11:17 PM   #3
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Tuff stuff is the best!!! ive tried several products but tuff stuff is the absolute best!

Spray, wait 40 seconds and wipe... clean as new! it even took out 3 year old water stains (hard water) from my STi rear seat.
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Old 07-15-2010, 10:21 AM   #4
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Also what are the stock seats made out of?

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Alcantara.
http://www.alcantara.com/en/products...ra-fabric.html

Oh, and right on page 1:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2008180

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Old 07-15-2010, 12:59 PM   #5
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Has anyone used scotch guard protectant and sprayed their interior with it? Does it work? feelings on it?
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Old 07-15-2010, 02:12 PM   #6
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Has anyone used scotch guard protectant and sprayed their interior with it? Does it work? feelings on it?
I used it when I first got my wagon, on the front seats. It did repel water pretty decently, and if I recall it lasted quite a bit. I opted to not put it on my seats just now, due to me cleaning the seats more often.
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Old 07-15-2010, 05:18 PM   #7
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Has anyone used scotch guard protectant and sprayed their interior with it? Does it work? feelings on it?
I sprayed all my seats, floor mats, and the cabine with scotch guard on the 2nd day of owning the car. I just purchased a 2010 2.5i 2 speed auto impreza. Haven't spilled any liquid on the seats, but floor did repel water from wet shoes.
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Old 07-15-2010, 09:11 PM   #8
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My 04 STI's seats are dirty. I've been researching how to clean car upholstery and people use carpet cleaners that get the seats really damp and soapy. I've read on here, a lot of people recommend that you steam clean the STI seats. I have a carpet cleaner with an attachment, but im afraid that it will ruin the seats. Should I buy a steamer or is it safe to use the carpet cleaner. If both are ok, which one is more effective?
Also what are the stock seats made out of?

-Nate
the carpet cleaners with the wet/vacuum attachment work very well on the upholstery. I've used those on several vehicles (the current subaru included) and no problems, just clean. I don't know if there is any difference between steam & carpet cleaners, but what you have should work just fine
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How about the interior shine stuff in the spray bottles. I've heard mixed reviews... Some say it makes it shine but then leads to problems - drying out and cracking - down the road... Little off topic, I know...
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you can find a local supermarket or similar that rents it out. TIP: rugdoctor offers coupon on their website
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Carpet cleaner is OK...At least, their machine is powerful. Also, You have to open the windows for a while to let it dry. If not, it smells bad on the next day.
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