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Best Car Stain Removers for 2020

Got some ugly stains on your vehicle's carpets or upholstery? Learn all about car stain removers and eight of the best products available.

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Easiest Stain Removal: Folex Carpet Spot Remover


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If you want to remove stains in your vehicle with the least possible time and effort, check out this product by Folex. Not only can it remove the toughest stains from your car’s upholstery and carpeting, but it does it nearly instantly, with no rinsing required. Just spray the stuff on, rub it gently into the stain, then watch the magic happen. Try out these weird tricks to clean your car.

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Best Scent-Free: Carfidant Ultimate Car Interior Cleaner


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If you like to keep your car’s interior clean but don’t like the strong scent many cleaning products leave behind, look no further than Carfidant’s Ultimate Car Interior Cleaner. Free of annoying scents and harmful chemicals, this stuff removes stains and dirt from nearly every surface in your car, without forcing you to drive with the windows down afterward. This is exactly how you should be cleaning your car’s interior.

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Best for Carpets: Chemical Guys Lightning Fast Carpet and Upholstery Stain Extractor


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Designed to remove even the most stubborn stains from deep within the fibers of your vehicle’s carpeting, this product from Chemical Guys is hard to beat. Formulated specifically to remove dirt and grease from carpets without affecting their color, this cleaner works great in other areas inside your car, too. Try these cleaning tips for the inside of your car.

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Best Against Grease: MiracleWipes for Automotive


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Designed primarily to clean grease and dirt buildup on the outside of vehicles, MiracleWipes for Auto work great for cutting greasy stains inside your car, too. With a cleaning agent strong enough to cut engine grease, yet gentle enough to clean interior fabric upholstery, leather, and hands, these car wipes achieve a difficult balance. Here are the other best car wipes for cleaning your car’s interior.

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Best for Leather: Leather Cleaner by Leather Honey


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Automotive upholstery leather is delicate, and cleaning stains off it is tricky without the right leather cleaning product. That’s where Leather Cleaner by Leather Honey can help.

Gentle yet powerful, this cleaner works on all interior leather, faux leather, and vinyl. Just mix the concentrate from the bottle with the right amount of water, spray some on the stain, then rub gently. The odorless, chemical-free solution is sure to remove leather stains no matter how long they’ve been there. These are the cleaning secrets only car detailers know.

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Most Versatile: Aero Cosmetics Interior Cleaner


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Tired of breaking out multiple cleaning products to tackle interior vehicle stains? Then Interior Cleaner by Aero Cosmetics is for you.

Originally formulated to clean airplane interiors, this product works great in cars, too. There’s probably not a surface anywhere in your vehicle that this stuff can’t clean up. Fabric, leather, vinyl, plastic, metal, and glass will all look significantly better after spraying this stuff on and rubbing it in. Even seat belt stains don’t stand a chance. Try this polish for your dashboard (bonus, you probably already have it in your pantry).

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Best Product Guarantee: CarGuys Super Cleaner


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If you’ve had bad experiences with interior vehicle stain removers in the past, you need to try Super Cleaner by CarGuys. Boldly claiming to remove stains from almost any interior vehicle surface, this product puts its money where its mouth is. According to the manufacturer, anyone not satisfied with the results can return their bottle of Super Cleaner at any point for a full refund. Here’s what people that always have clean cars have in common.

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Best for Odor Removal: Turtle Wax T-244R1 Power Out!


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If the stain in your car also left an unpleasant odor, a stain remover alone may not be enough. That’s why Turtle Wax invented this product.

This foaming stain remover comes in a can with an attached deep-cleaning brush. It gets rids of dirt and grease while breaking down anything left behind that may be causing a lingering odor. The plastic brush bristles are designed to work the cleaner deep into carpet and upholstery fibers, making sure that whatever caused the stain and smell are 100 percent gone. Next, read up on the cleaning tricks car washers won’t tell you.

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