Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2001 08:36:39 EST
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From: Rico Sapolich <JKrevnov@AOL.COM>
Subject: Re: Cleaning Seats
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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
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
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