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Seat Covers

Discussion in 'Interior Modifications' started by grn94gt, Jun 30, 2004.

  1. grn94gt

    grn94gt Guest

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    Has anyone washed their seat cover in the washing machine? If so, how did they turn out and did you have any problems getting them back on after they dried?

    Thanks
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    I've washed mine in the washer, and they turned out great, but it really depends on what kind of fabric they are made of.
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    Thanks......I'll give it a try
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    Could someone please tell me why the hell they clipped the seat covers on with metal rings!!!
  5. ar154all

    ar154all The Police never think its as funny as I did.

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    10 years later; The answer: "JUST TO PISS ME OFF!"
    I swear that I am going to duct tape this seat shut!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Edit to add: Yeah, I do it from time to time, just wash the seat covers on 'delicate' or 'gentle' and drip dry. I washed them with a LOT (3 scoops or so) of OxyClean. When I did my Chevy seats, I did them twice, first with Dawn (for the grease stains) then with Oxy. If you put them in the dryer, they seem to get weak at the seems and want to pull apart, although I honestly cant remember what car the seats wanted to come apart in the dryer...so I let them all just drip dry now.

    ALSO: one of those cars (not sure if it was the Escort or not) wanted to leave a bunch of yellow 'backing' in the washer. make sure that you wipe out the drum and wash an empty load to clear any residual gunk out of the machine, that stuff was nearly glued on to my jeans and towels (which was the next load...).

    While your waiting for the seat covers to dry, take out the rug, a little cutting is necessary at the points where the front seatbelts bolt in and around where the dash meets the 'hump', and pressure wash it.

    If the Wife aint home, put all the plastic trim parts in the dishwasher (don't use heat). If she is home, just pressure wash them too...
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    Neuron FEOA Member

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    You can buy the tool and rings cheap. Not that hard to do.
  7. ar154all

    ar154all The Police never think its as funny as I did.

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    I have been using needle nose plyers to open the rings and channel locks to close them... Its not difficult; just a real PITA... I really should do it in the house (where the AC is) instead of the garage, where its 500 deg...
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    chestypuller making the wifes commuter better

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    well thats why they stay on the seat, hog rings. the tools called hogring pliers.
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  9. ShakeZilla19

    ShakeZilla19 My name is ^^^

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    Yeah, fuck dat heat bruh
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    Those are called hog rings and they've been using them in automotive upholstery for years. If you have a set of hog ring pliers they are easy to put on and take off.

    If you want to clean your seat covers I wouldn't do them in the washer. Too much agitation and the thin layer of foam that is in there will degrade just that much more from the agitation. If it were me I would first take some detergent, if it's powder mix it with a little bit of water and make a paste out of it, and whatever degreaser you like(Simple Green, Purple Power, etc.) and spread it on whatever stains you have. Let it sit for around 1/2 an hour so that it soaks in to the stain. Take a deck brush, dip it in the remaining detergent/degreaser solution and scrub the stains. After that I would take a large basin, fill it with water and more detergent, around 1/2 a cup, but no degreaser. If you want them to smell good too add in a little softener like Febreze. Mix the detergent so that it dissolves into the water and put your seat covers in. Agitate them by hand for around 30 seconds and let them soak overnight. Agitate once more in the morning, rinse and hang dry.

    Your seat covers will look, and smell like new!

    John

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