You will often see people cleaning out their cars by vacuuming but very rarely will you see someone cleaning their car’s seat belts. In today’s article, we will be discussing how to do exactly that, so you can truly make sure your car is clean.
Ways to Clean Car Seat Belts
- General Cleaning
We begin this article with the most general way to clean the seat belt and that is by pulling it as far as possible and to spray the belt with a cleaner at the start.
From there you can simply scrub the seat belt with soap and water. Additionally, you can wipe the seat belt down with a microfiber towel or just any cloth to dry it off.
It is also helpful to let the seat belt dry out in the sun if possible. That is really it for the general cleaning portion, it is nothing out of the ordinary just yet.
- Stain Removal
As for stain removal specifically, the ingredients that you need become more specific. You prepare as if you are going to wash the dishes by creating a water and dish soap mixture.
Again you get a brush to scrub the stain but use a dish soap mixture specifically and highly focus your scrubbing on the stain itself. What makes this different from general cleaning is that you are going to want to use a steamer on the stained area following the scrub.
If you do not readily have one available you may be able to rent one from your local hardware store.
- Removing Mold
Hopefully, you never run into this issue because regular, effective car cleaning should stop mold or mildew from growing in your car.
However, if this does become a problem you should certainly know how to fix it. This time rather than using dish soap you are going to want to add vinegar to the dish soap mixture as well.
You then return to scrubbing the seat belt and finishing with the microfiber towel, so the vinegar is really what makes the extra difference here.
You can simply add this step when you are removing stains or general cleaning to remove mold before it truly becomes a problem as well.
- Odor Removal
There are many ways to do this and as you are washing the seat belts using the methods above, odds are that the odor has already been removed.
However, if you would like to double-check, you can simply spray air freshener on the seatbelts. This will also affect your car of course, so you may want to leave all the windows down and let it air out after spraying them down.
Either way, this is a simple fix and yet another way to clean your car seat belts.
- Fabric Protection
This last way to clean your car seat belts ensures that you are protecting them in the long run.
Of course, washing everything with soap and water as well as scrubbing it hard can result in some damage to the fabric.
For this method, all you need to do is purchase a fabric protectant spray to spray on your seat belts after you clean them.
We hope you found this article helpful and enjoy your clean seat belts!