At one point or another, we’ve all experienced some type of stain in our vehicle’s interior. Some stains you can remove yourself, while others may require a more complex procedure. One of the main items that determines whether removing the stain is a do-it-yourself job or one that requires some help from an auto detailer is how long the stain has been there. The longer coffee, juice, grease, mud and other elements sit, the deeper the stain and the harder to remove. 


There are many products available that allow you to clean a stain (upholstery cleaner is everywhere!). There are also home remedies that can help. Spilled coffee? Try blotting with cold water on a paper towel. Next, spray some glass cleaner on the stain, let it sit for around 5 minutes, and blot with some cold water and a paper towel. It is important to note that blotting works better than scrubbing. Scrubbing a stain can sometimes make it sink in even more. For ink stains, hairspray has been known to work. Spray some on the stain and blot with a damp cloth. How about that greasy bag of fast food that sat on the seat too long and left a mark? Mix some paint thinner with an equal amount of water, apply it to the stain with a clean cloth, sprinkle some salt on it and then let it sit for several hours before wiping up.

These are just some suggestions on cleaning common stains and it should be noted that you should test a homemade remedy out on a small area before committing to the whole stain.

Try an Interior Shampoo

For stains that have been sitting too long or just won’t come out, Capitol Shine can help with that. Our Interior Shampoo package will leave your upholstery and carpets looking amazing. This is a complete interior detailing that includes: 

  • Clean Windows and Mirrors Inside and Out
  • Wipe Dashboard and Console
  • Vacuum Inside and Trunk
  • Apply Air Freshener
  • Clean and Dress Leather, Vinyl and Rubber
  • Shampoo Seats, Mats, Carpets & Door Panels
  • Spot Clean Interior Roof
  • Fine Clean Dash and All Components

Interior Protective Coatings

Preventative measures always work best. You may have heard of our awesome paint protective coatings, however you may not know that Capitol Shine also offers protection for your interior as well. Our full range of protective coating products cover textile, leather, cloth, plastic, suede, rubber and more! An interior coating with Capitol Shine’s Ceramic Pro helps liquid to bead up and stay on the top surface, making cleaning simple and preventing stains. Capitol Shine’s Ceramic Pro is:

  • Durable
  • Super Hydrophobic (liquids bead up!)
  • UV Resistant (helps against fading)
  • Stain and Spill Repellent 
  • Wear Resistant

If you are interested in taking preventative measures against stains on your vehicle’s interior, Capitol Shine’s Ceramic Pro is the answer. Send us a message to learn about pricing and more. 

To schedule your Interior Shampoo, Ceramic Pro estimate or any of our other services, head over to our scheduling page and make an appointment! Please schedule at least 24 hours in advance to insure time and date.