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SA-focus 01-17-2013 12:58 PM

how to clean headliner
Ive read plenty of threads about headliner stains and how they replaced the whole headliner, but i would like to know how some of ya have cleaned the headliner. My two boys like touching around the back of the car alot and ive noticed some smudges on the headliner that have started to bother me... my ocd... lol. just wanted to make sure its ok to clean the headliner and see what others have done to clean it. i have some scotch guard spray i use on my seats to clean and protect and would like to know if this would work also. May be a simple question but i would just like to make sure before i do so and i wouldnt want to have to replace the headliner if i screw up. thanks for answers ahead of time.

PratoN 01-17-2013 01:27 PM

I wouldn't touch it if I were you...

My dealership tried to clean the stain (is that link still working?):

hotleadsingerguy 01-17-2013 02:13 PM

Mine came with a stain and Ford couldn't fix it. They attempted to order a new one and Ford denied the claim saying "User-caused issue". It never got cleaned, no matter how hard I or the dealership tried.

Whatever that headliner is made of, it sucks up stains and keeps them forever.

SA-focus 01-17-2013 09:35 PM

man i was thinking they were just surface stains from dirt or whatever else they got their hands on. but i dont want to make it worse than what it is so ill probably leave it alone. thanks for the input.

e30og 01-17-2013 11:58 PM

Try a tide pen or something simple like hot water on a very small section and see if it helps

Dysan911 01-18-2013 07:04 AM

be-careful. I used a little damp microfiber towel once and it left a water stain where I tried cleaning. I was told you should use some woolite to clean spots on the headliner but I've never tried it yet.

noahsfocus 01-18-2013 08:07 PM

No expert here but seems any water or water based cleaning methods will make it worse and leave horrible stains. This headliner is the worst material ever. Someday I hope to get a custom leather headliner installed or something other then the stock one. All headliners.accumulate road grime after time and need cleaning. Impossible to do with this one. Have to replace it and I wouldn't want another stock one that's forsure!

GoldenHour 01-20-2013 01:28 PM

you could dye it a darker color -- black.

e30og 09-11-2013 08:01 PM

hate to resurrect a dead thread but I will be ripping this mother out and re-upholstering it in the future, hopefully sooner than later. every so often there are more and more that show up and I cannot stand it anymore. Unfortunately the ST's black one is only in HB shape, not to mention its almost a grand

SilverPony2001 09-11-2013 08:16 PM

Couldn't you take it to a detail shop, and see if they could get it out? They would probably have the most experience with this type of problem.

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