How to get coffee smell out of car seat?

Oh! You’re surfing smoothly on the road while drinking from your travel mug when you encounter a pothole. While the hot coffee spill narrowly avoided being shot in your lap, it landed in your car seat.

We were all there. And if the stain hasn’t gotten to the point of being bad, now you have to deal with the strong smell of coffee. While coffee may smell delicious when brewed, you don’t want the aroma to linger in your car for too long.

Also, if you add milk or cream to your coffee, spills can create mold spores. In the long run, that will lead to even more problems.

Here are some tips CarMats has put together to permanently get rid of the coffee smell in your car seats.

Method of Baking Soda

When cleaning up spills, baking soda is a useful ingredient to have on hand. It is affordable, does a great job of absorbing smells, and, thanks to its abrasive properties, stains can be naturally removed.

Better yet, baking soda won’t exacerbate the existing stain. It can therefore be used on any fabric, including leather, without risk. Using baking soda to remove the coffee smell from your car seat won’t endanger it, so you don’t have to be concerned.

  • 1. In a measuring cup, combine 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water. Create a paste-like consistency by combining the solution with a spoon or an old toothbrush.
  • Using a toothbrush or a small scrub brush, apply the paste to the coffee stain. Rub firmly to get rid of tough stains.
  • In order to blot the affected area, use paper towels or a clean, damp cloth.
  • Before vacuuming up any leftover debris, let the area dry.

Vinegar Technique

Vinegar’s acidity makes it a powerful cleaning agent. It can, however, leave behind a disagreeable odor of its own. In the detailed tutorial below, we’ve provided advice on how to handle this.

  • 1. As soon as possible, dab the coffee spill with a napkin or paper towel. For situations like this, it’s a good idea to keep some napkins in your glove compartment. Also, before attempting to clean up a spill, pull over to the side of the road.
  • 2. Combine 1 part white vinegar, 2 parts water, and a few drops of premium dish soap to make a cleaning solution. In a small bowl, thoroughly combine the ingredients.
  • 3. To apply the mixture to the stain, use a hand towel, an abrasive sponge, or a stiff brush. Give it at least 20 minutes to sit.
  • 4. Replace the cleaning agent with a bowl of fresh water. A clean towel should be used to blot away the excess water after liberally applying it to the affected area. If you did everything correctly, the coffee should have stained the towel with clear brown stains.
  • 5. Use a hairdryer to dry the impacted area once the towel comes away clean, indicating that all of the coffee has been eliminated. To ensure complete drying of the spot, keep the car windows open. Additionally, this will lessen the vinegar odor.
  • 6. Spray the car seat with a baking soda-water mixture to remove the vinegar odor. You can remove the mixture with a handheld vacuum after it has dried.

The Method of Essential Oils

The great thing about this method is that you can choose the scent you want to use in place of the coffee smell. Try lemon, orange, eucalyptus, or lavender if you don’t usually have essential oils on hand and would like recommendations.

Only use this technique if you’re addressing the smell directly. Make sure you take care of the stain first, because it won’t help with that.

  • 1. Join some cotton balls to a standard clothespin.
  • 2. To the cotton bundle, add 5-10 drops of essential oils.
  • 3. Depending on the season, attach the clothespin to one of your air vents and turn on the heat or air conditioning. The smell of coffee should disappear quickly.
  • 4. If you discover that one cotton bundle is ineffective, try again with more clothespins. You can attach the additional cotton bundles that have been soaked in oil to as many air vents as you like.

Dryer Sheet Technique

If the stain has been removed but there is still a slight smell, this is a great solution. You can use it even if your car doesn’t have a smell that bothers you but you still want to clean up the interior. It’s also a cheap choice because you probably already have dryer sheets.

  • 1. Take a couple of dryer sheets out of the stack.
  • 2. Put a sheet or two under each automobile seat.
  • 3. Wait one or two days. Without any traces of coffee, the car should smell like recently laundered clothes.

The Expert Approach

If none of the above options work for you or if you don’t have the time to do it yourself, you might want to have a professional detail your car.

Depending on the size of the vehicle and the level of service provided, the price of auto detailing can range from $50 to $150. To get rid of the coffee odor, the technician will likely shampoo the affected seat before waiting for it to dry.

Although the process’ overall length may vary, the drying step alone can take up to four hours, so make sure to schedule enough time for it. If you have heated seats and are concerned about harming the wiring and other components, this is a great option.

The conclusion

Regardless of how much you may enjoy your morning coffee, you don’t want the stale smell of your recent accident to permeate your vehicle. Fortunately, there are a few quick fixes that can permanently get rid of the odor—or at least get rid of it temporarily.

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