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    How to best clean a stained headliner.

    Sunroof was cracked open and it rained which produced a slight stain in a few places on the headliner. What is the best way to clean? Steam? Special fluids?


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    Re: How to clean a headliner (Long)

    Headliners:
    Require special care and attention, as cloth type headliners are assembled with foam backing and usually glued to a fibre roof panel. If the headliner becomes wet, it can cause the head liner to delaminate and fall down. An interior cleaner (303 TM Fabric & Vinyl Cleaner) should be used. Spray onto a terry towel and wipe very gently

    Do not spray products directly onto head lining. Wipe lightly making sure not to leave headliner wet. Inspect and re-clean as necessary. It is better to clean twice, rather than to allow the head liner to get too wet. An alcohol based aerosol glass cleaner may also work for this operation because of its quick evaporation. Vinyl headliners should be cleaned the same way.
    Methodology
    ·Lightly brush the headliner with a natural-latex sponge or a horsehair brush, they have very soft bristles that are gentle and is specially made for headliners or leather surfaces, this will loosen dust / dirt and make vacuuming easier (for very light dust or lint use a rolling lint brush)
    ·Do not use a stiff brush as you may snag or tear the headliner material
    ·Lightly vacuum the headliner to remove loose dust
    ·Spray 303 CM Cleaner & Spot Remover on to a 100% cotton terry towel
    ·Cleaning the headliner a quarter section at a time, use very light and even pressure on the towel to work the cleaner into the fabric. Do not saturate the material or use much pressure on the towel
    ·Use a fresh, clean damp, 100% cotton terry towel to remove the soil / dirt
    ·Frequently rinse the towel in clean warm water to ensure all dirt I soil is removed
    ·If the vehicle is fitted with a sunroof, open it a couple of inches, as dust builds up at the front edge.
    ·Clean this area before closing the sunroof and proceeding to the rear of the sunroof.

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    Thanks Jon


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    Re: How to clean a headliner (Long)

    I was skeptic about purchasing a can of Armor All carpet and upholstery cleaing foam at Target for $3.99. The liner of a recently purchased ,99 Accord was filthy. To my amazement, the grime came right off. I sprayed the foam directly onto a terry cloth and spread the foam to a small section at a time. I scrubbed with the same cloth in a circular motion using light force. I didn't scrub too hard for fear of snaging or loosening the liner. Once the stain was removed, I went over it with a lightly damp terry cloth. Remember, you cannot moisten the liner too much of it will unglue from the foam board. I was so amazed that I thought to take a few pictures, but the battery was dead. Once I was done with the liner, I sprayed the carpets, one section at a time, as directed on the can. Amazing results.

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    Re: How to clean a headliner (Long)

    Thanks so much for the headliner cleaning tips. Do you have something specific for cleaning lipstick (RED!) from our light beige car headliner. I marked my husband's new car and he and I are both crushed! Many thanks. C. Sterling

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    were you wearing the lipstick in question?....

    just kidding; is it vinyl or a fuzzy type synthetic material?


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