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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:41 am    Post subject: Removing fabric seat covers for cleaning Reply with quote

My 2000 Mexican Beetle has got VERY pale cream cloth seats and as you can imagine, they're a bit grubby.

I'm wondering about removing the covers and washing them in the clothes washing machine. Has anyone else done this, or is it a really stupid idea?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:49 am    Post subject: Re: Removing fabric seat covers for cleaning Reply with quote

Done it with Westfalia seat covers and rear cushion covers, it works, gentle cycle with Woolite hung out to dry.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:53 am    Post subject: Re: Removing fabric seat covers for cleaning Reply with quote

busman78 wrote:
Done it with Westfalia seat covers and rear cushion covers, it works, gentle cycle with Woolite hung out to dry.


That's encouraging!

Did they shrink at all? I can imagine it'll be hard to refit them.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:59 am    Post subject: Re: Removing fabric seat covers for cleaning Reply with quote

Very little shrinkage, used cold water no drier. From age there were a couple seams that required a little needle and thread.

If the cover does not come off easy, like mid seat ties or rings with stays just remember it will be as hard or harder to put back on. Cutting loose is easy while reattaching can be a bitch.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:13 am    Post subject: Re: Removing fabric seat covers for cleaning Reply with quote

I would suggest having an auto detailer clean the seats or get your own upholstery steam cleaner. The amount of work/force necessary to strip & recover the seats is likely to destroy the covers. Removing the covers from foam filled cushions is one thing, trying to strip them from the foam/sisal/steel seat is quite another.

VW also likes to make the locking strip out of cardboard, this does not fare well in the wash cycle.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:23 am    Post subject: Re: Removing fabric seat covers for cleaning Reply with quote

I've had good results with products like these:
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:25 am    Post subject: Re: Removing fabric seat covers for cleaning Reply with quote

Go to autogeek.net and go to the forums and search for auto seat cleaning posts or the tutorial. Lots of ways to do it depending on the dirt level.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:48 am    Post subject: Re: Removing fabric seat covers for cleaning Reply with quote

TDCTDI wrote:


VW also likes to make the locking strip out of cardboard, this does not fare well in the wash cycle.


That one thing alone is the end of this idea!

They were very dirty and I have used the various types of diy upholstery cleaners you get from car parts stores with some success. The seats are definitely cleaner, but they're not clean enough yet.

I'll have to get someone in to come and do it properly with a steam cleaner or something.

Thanks for the replies Smile
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