Steps on How to Clean a Headliner

how to clean a headliner

Nowadays, car owners can go to any extent to adorn and embellish the exterior and interior of their cars. Fancy things like versatile fabric seats, car accessories, extra headlights and stickers are in trend.

As much as the decoration of a car is valued, the maintenance and hygiene of the car’s interior should also be taken care of. The car ceiling or headliner is probably the most neglected part when it comes to tidiness. The car ceiling can get fairly dirty over time due to some factors that we will discuss as we proceed. Since the ceiling is so high up, cleaning it becomes a challenging task. Following are a few steps that can teach you a proper method on how you can clean the ceiling of your car without disturbing the adhesive.

Step 1: Get rid of grime from the ceiling

get rid of grime from the ceiling

The first step is to loosen the dirt and filth on your car’s ceiling, which can be done by using a microfiber cloth. This cloth is crafted from fabrics that collect most of the grime from the ceiling. The method is to use a clean and dry microfiber cloth and with a gentle hand, run this cloth along the direction of the grime on the ceiling fabric.

Step 2: Deep clean the headliner

After cleaning the dirt on the surface, move to the deep cleansing of the roof. This can be done by using an upholstery cleaner that is specifically designed to be compatible with the fabric type of your ceiling. Transfer this cleanser into a spray bottle and spray it across the entire headliner. This will remove any dust that was not eliminated by the previous method.

Step 3: Removing the cleanser

Use a fresh microfiber cloth to wipe down the cleaning product from the ceiling. The microfiber cloth will remove the cleaner, stain, dust or filth that might have stayed. After this, the ceiling will look brand new.

Step 4: Removal of grease stains

Grease stains are hard to remove. An upholstery cleaner might not be able to perform this task. For this, a mixture of water and distilled white vinegar is to be used in 3:1 ratio. Soak a microfiber cloth into this mixture and gently scrub it against the stains to remove them.

Step 5: Final cleaning

If your car’s ceiling is still dirty even after the first application of the upholstery cleaner, use the cleanser again after it has completely dried. This is necessary because if the fabric is still damp while using the cleaner the second time, there is a chance that the glue might get detached from the headliner.

Step 6: Eradicating odor

eradicating odor

Unpleasant smells of things like smoke or food can be easily removed from the chemicals used in the process, but if these odors still remain, a pleasant smelling air freshener can be sprayed inside the car. However, you need to make sure that the headliner is not soaked with the air freshener as it can damage the glue that keeps the ceiling intact.

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