10 Of The Best Car Upholstery Cleaners Tested

Winter is tough on trim, seats and carpets because they often get wet, there’s more mud and grit tracked inside, plus there’s the risk of damp from condensation. 

The first job is to remove loose grit and other small debris with a vacuum. Our pick of the mains-powered vacs is the Nilfisk Buddy II T, which can also help dry cleaned seats with its wet mode. Can’t get mains power to your car? Our cordless choice is the Vax Blade 2. 

With the dust shifted, it’s time to tackle the hard trim with our interior cleaner Best Buy, Dodo Juice Total Wipe. If you are fortunate enough to have leather upholstery in your car then a specialist cleaner is required, and our current test favourite is Dodo Juice Supernatural Leather Cleaner, crowned Best Buy on multiple occasions.

How we tested them

Our cleaners had to tackle not just ground-in grubbiness but also common stains. We added ballpoint ink, chocolate and margarine to a long-neglected rear seat rescued from a scrapyard. Each cleaner was applied to the maker’s instructions, but we used limited wiping with a microfibre-wrapped sponge applicator to ensure even pressure across each section. We then assessed progress once the seat had dried, plus factored in price.


  1. 1. Simoniz Upholstery & Carpet Cleaner


Simoniz Upholstery & Carpet Cleaner

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Simoniz UpHolstery & Carpet Cleaner

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