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Old 03-04-2014, 09:31 PM   #1
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Unhappy Car seat is water-stained

So I was washing my car this last weekend. Since I have side wind deflectors on my focus, I thought "I need to get some water on window area that's covered("protected") by the deflectors." I angled my hose and spray water onto the underneath of the deflectors. After doing this twice (driver and passenger side), my heart stopped for a while realizing that I left the windows cracked a bit. I opened my doors and sure enough, the windows were cracked and I just basically sprayed water straight into the interior.

I tried to air dry the seats as much as I can. But in the end, the driver seat has really ugly water stain on it. It looks almost like what your magazine looks like if you spilled coffee on it. Never thought water could do such damage.

It is dark so I can't take good picture of it. Maybe in the morning I will post a picture of what it looks like. Have any of you done this before? What would be the best way to fix this? Thanks for your help in advance.


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Old 03-05-2014, 09:27 AM   #2
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Here's the picture

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There's several stain lifters at any auto parts store. I suggest doing a search for that in google, reading reviews of several, and picking the one with the best reviews. I used resolve on my first car that had years of dirt and outside on the inside. A tire brush, resolve, spray bottle with water, and a shop vac did a decent job on it. Spray resolve. Scrub with brush. Spray water generously. Pick up with vacuum. Repeat as necessary.
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Does anyone know where to find the fabric type of the seats/upholstery?
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You could soak the rest of the seats to match and have a slightly darker shade of grey than everyone else...

Orrrrr you could clean it as mentioned above.

Or there are local companies that specialize in water damage cleanup.

OR You can get replacement seat covers from a Ford Parts counter and any upholstery shop should be able to replace it, but you will spend a LOT of money going this route.
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With as small of an area as you have it shouldn't take too long to clean with my method. My Sentra (car mentioned in my first reply) took all of an hour and a half and most of it was dirt. A water stain shouldn't be too difficult to remove. The seat should be out of the car though. It gives you more angles to work with.
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I don't like the fabric of our seats. That mesh with the holes in it. What's up with that? Couple of times I eat a chocolate bar and somehow sat on a piece of chocolate and it went into those holes on the seat bottom. Arrrghh. Hate to say it but the junky little Chevy Spark I rented last year had better seat fabric.
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So I was washing my car this last weekend. Since I have side wind deflectors on my focus, I thought "I need to get some water on window area that's covered("protected") by the deflectors." I angled my hose and spray water onto the underneath of the deflectors. After doing this twice (driver and passenger side), my heart stopped for a while realizing that I left the windows cracked a bit. I opened my doors and sure enough, the windows were cracked and I just basically sprayed water straight into the interior.

I tried to air dry the seats as much as I can. But in the end, the driver seat has really ugly water stain on it. It looks almost like what your magazine looks like if you spilled coffee on it. Never thought water could do such damage.

It is dark so I can't take good picture of it. Maybe in the morning I will post a picture of what it looks like. Have any of you done this before? What would be the best way to fix this? Thanks for your help in advance.
The problem with the fabric (same as on a '06 Ford F150) is that it water stains easy....I've tried cleaning the seats with Resolve but with little luck....Google it (how to remove water stains out of cloth seats on '12 ford focus) since others who have had this issue and got it out....then after the water stain is removed, get it Scotch Guard-ed for future prevention.
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This is the result after I cleaned it.



I used ZC-54 Ford's Professional Strength cleaner that I saw in the manual. It's liquid but turns to foam when sprayed (it's sprayed like whipped cream). Rub with damp rug then followed by clean rug. Allow air dry. So far it works awesome.

http://www.amazon.com/Ford-ZC-54-Pro.../dp/B000NU3OF0
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I used murpheys oil soap on my 03 when I spilled a 1 gallon thing of water on my seat and left it stained.
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