Let’s face it, as much as we would like, golf carts don’t come with a built-in maid service. But that doesn’t mean you have to suffer through sticky, stained seats all summer long.
Cleaning your golf cart seats is actually quite simple - all you need is the right materials, cleaning solution and a little bit of elbow grease. Read on for the complete how-to guide!
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies -
What is the best way to clean golf cart seats? To get started, you will need the following items: a vacuum cleaner, mild detergent, warm water, and a soft scrub brush, dry nylon brush or sponge.
The vacuum cleaner will help remove any loose dirt or debris from the seat before you begin washing. The detergent should be free of bleach and other harsh chemicals; this will help ensure that your vinyl or fabric seats remain intact after cleaning.
The soft scrub brush or sponge will help work out any stubborn stains or spots without damaging the upholstery.
Step 2: Preparing Your Seat Cover-
Before you start scrubbing away at your seat, it’s important to make sure your fabric isn’t overly fragile or delicate.
If there are any rips or tears in the vinyl seats material, patch them up using vinyl patches of similar color and texture before proceeding with the cleaning process.
If there are any loose screws around the seat frame, make sure they are tightened up as well so they don’t cause further damage during cleaning.
Step 3: Vacuuming & Washing -
Once everything is ready to go, it’s time to start vacuuming your seat! Make sure you get into every nook and cranny—you want to remove as much dirt and dust as possible before moving on to washing.
Then mix together some warm water and detergent in a bowl until it forms a light lather. Dip your sponge or brush into the mixture and apply it directly onto the surface of your seat in circular motions until all areas are covered with soap suds.
Let this sit for about 5 minutes before rinsing off with clear water to remove any remaining residue from the detergent solution.
Step 4: Finishing Touches -
Dry off your clean vinyl seats completely with a towel before allowing them to air dry completely overnight (or longer). This will help prevent mold or mildew buildup in between cleanings!
You may also want to apply some leather conditioner if you have leather seats—this helps keep them looking shiny and new for longer periods of time between cleanings as well!
Dirt and Dust
As we have all experienced, whether on the links or just out cruising, dirt, dust and grime just know how to find their way into an unexpecting golf cart seat.
When we fail to clean our seats before each outing, these little troublemakers often grow into big troublemakers grinding their way onto surfaces and crevice's of our upholstery and imbedding themselves so when we do finally clean our seats they are heavily stained, making our cleaning job that much harder.
Mold and Mildew
If the stains aren't troublesome enough, it doesn’t take much more time for mold spores and mildew to find their way into our seats.
No matter what the weather conditions are, one humidity day is enough to create the festering of damaging mold and mildew that is difficult to eradicate. This is even more of a concern for those of us who store our beloved golf carts outdoors.
So now the stakes have gotten even greater because these buggers can cause allergic reactions and make your day and experience miserable.
Dealing with Tough Stains
There some stains that will take more than just a rubbing to remove.
A couple of Options to Try:
- Try rubbing alcohol on a white cloth or white paper towel. Rub gently until the stain is gone.
- If that doesn't work try Magic Eraser from “Mr. Clean”. It is highly effective in removal of most stains from many different types of materials. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s specific directions.
It can be easy to neglect our beloved golf carts when it comes time for spring cleaning around the house—but keeping our golf cart seats spick-and-span makes us feel good about ourselves (and our ride!) Using a seat cover is a great way to protect your seats as well.
And now that you know how easy it is cleaning golf cart seats, there's no excuse not do so! So grab some supplies (wash rags, damp cloth, or wet sponge) from home –maybe even enlist an extra set of hands –and give those seats a thorough once-over today! You won't regret it!
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