Vanagon EuroVan
Previous messageNext messagePrevious in topicNext in topicPrevious by same authorNext by same authorPrevious page (March 2001, week 2)Back to main VANAGON pageJoin or leave VANAGON (or change settings)ReplyPost a new messageSearchProportional fontNon-proportional font
Date:         Mon, 12 Mar 2001 08:36:39 EST
Reply-To:     JKrevnov@AOL.COM
Sender:       Vanagon Mailing List <>
From:         Rico Sapolich <JKrevnov@AOL.COM>
Subject:      Re: Cleaning Seats
Comments: To:
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="US-ASCII"

In a message dated 3/11/01 4:40:39 PM, jbrush@AROS.NET writes:

<< They are cloth seats and I am wondering if anyone has an good recomendations on how to clean them up as best as I can. >>


Years ago I had a Volvo with grundgy seats. The cloth was tightly woven with no nap. My wife found a recipe for upholstery cleaner which was 1 cup Tide +1 cup ammonia dissolved in 1 Gal. of water. We pulled the seats thoroughly wetted them, scrubbed them with the solution and thoroughly rinsed them. The rinsing may be more important than even the washing. We then spent much time going over them with a wet/dry vacuum. After drying for a couple of days, they looked new. I later thought that running a dehumidifier in the passenger compartment with the seats in place would have greatly speeded the drying.

I was once talking with a Volvo dealer who was also an old Volvo enthusiast. He commented on how durable the old cloth seats were and I told him about my experience with cleaning them. He said all I had to do was to remove the covers, throw them in a washing machine and hang them out to dry. I guess which method is best depends on whether or not you have a pair of hog-ring pliers.


Back to: Top of message | Previous page | Main VANAGON page

Please note - During the past 17 years of operation, several gigabytes of Vanagon mail messages have been archived. Searching the entire collection will take up to five minutes to complete. Please be patient!

Return to the archives @

The vanagon mailing list archives are copyright (c) 1994-2011, and may not be reproduced without the express written permission of the list administrators. Posting messages to this mailing list grants a license to the mailing list administrators to reproduce the message in a compilation, either printed or electronic. All compilations will be not-for-profit, with any excess proceeds going to the Vanagon mailing list.

Any profits from list compilations go exclusively towards the management and operation of the Vanagon mailing list and vanagon mailing list web site.