11 Best Car Interior & Upholstery Cleaners on The Market

11 Best Car Interior & Upholstery Cleaners on The Market

How does the inside of your car look? As much as people see the outside of your vehicle and all its glory, the inside of it is even more important. Why? Well because some studies show that the inside of your vehicle reflects the way you behave. Can you find a link? We certainly can. If someone is disheveled and sloppy then the inside of their car will look the same. The dust, dirt, and probably a few empty cans, will find their place inside of the cabin. 

Whether you believe in this statement or not, one thing we can all agree on is that a neat looking interior of the car is very important for the overall look of your vehicle. So, once in a while, the leather seats, dashboard and the upholstery need a bit of love from you as a driver. 

A clean car cabin can also help you in various aspects. It has been proven that drivers sho don’t have a ton of papers on the side seat and who’s cabin isn’t dirty and smelly drive 13% more carefully. Maybe this number isn’t very big, but why wouldn’t you up your driving game with just a few simple tricks? Start by cleaning your car’s interior.

Therefore, in this article, we’ll talk more about all the products which can help you maintain your car interior and keep your upholstery in good condition. We know that sometimes cleaning can be very boring and in most occasions, you would rather let a professional do it instead. But still, if you like your vehicle like your child then maybe you would like to give it a gentle touch by your hand. And as a plus, some quality time with your car is never enough.

In the list below, we’ll give you some of the best cleaning products on the market. They might seem similar, but each one of them has it’s pros and cons and hopefully, we’ll cover everything so you wouldn’t need to spend much time browsing the Internet.

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This product comes from a reputable company. CarGuys are like Ferrari in a car world. Pretty luxury. Therefore, the price of this product is pretty high. But, there is a reason for it. This cleaner is absolutely amazing. It’s safe to use pretty much on any surface you may have in your car and on any type of upholstery. It can also be used on vinyl and leather trim, which is a big plus. 

CarGuys guarantee a nice clean with this product. They say it will brush even micro particles of dirt you may have attached to the interior of your car. And, we can say that they are correct. Another great thing about this cleaner is that it doesn’t leave some kind of residue after being used – besides a fantastic smell.

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What We Liked

  • High quality, very versatile, lasts long

What We Didn't Like

  • Price

When you saw multi-purpose, we bet you had a smile on your face. And who wouldn’t. It’s always great to have a product which you can use in various ways and in various places. It is a foam, in contrast to other cleaners on this list. It can be used anywhere but it’s best used on soft upholstery and floor mats. 

Other than that, this really is a great product. For only $10 you’ll get a pretty big can (22 ounces) so you have an enough covering space. It goes without saying that you should wash your foam after cleaning a specific part of your interior. Just to make sure the dirt didn’t stay on it and in order to clean even better in the future.

What We Liked

  • Average price, multi-purpose, great to store

What We Didn't Like

  • Medium to low quality, doesn’t last too long

The Chemical Guys are another manufacturer on this list which is great. Their products can often be found on most “Top 10” lists. And frankly, they deserve it. Their products are really great. They offer great quality for a reasonable price. The upholstery shampoo is great for one thing – fabrics. And if we can be subjective, it’s probably the best one for it on this list. It cleans great and can get basically the smallest dirt from your fabric.

The good thing about it is that it doesn’t contain any abrasive-cleaning agents like bleach or ammonia. And we all know how these can be bad for basically any surface they touch. At the same time, the shampoo is remarkably mild and has a built-in odor eliminator. So if you own a dog, this might be the product for you. For $10, you get a lot.

What We Liked

  • Designed specially for fabrics, no toxic chemicals, has a built in odor eliminator, price

What We Didn't Like

  • Can’t be used for anything other than fabrics, you may need more of it to create a foam

This is yet another fantastic product on this list. It comes in a huge bottle and costs around $10. So, if you need a bit more than a regular cleaner because your interior is in a really bad spot – this is a way to go. It’s mild and can be used on any type of surface. Other than cars, this product can be used on, believe it or not, inside house objects. Think of sofa, carpet or other stuff that gets dirty fast. So, if you opt for this product, you’ll kind of kill two flies with one hit. You’ll have a great product for keeping your car interior in a great place, but also to clean your household items.

And, why wouldn’t you utilize this product to make sure both your car and your household items are in great condition? Seems like a win-win situation for us.

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What We Liked

  • Large package, small price, non toxic formula

What We Didn't Like

  • Not the top quality, doesn’t have a fantastic smell

This upholstery cleaner is doing what it’s supposed to do. It can tackle a range of stains like coffee or food. It can clean small dirt and also comes with a neat brush that’s built into the cup – which is great if you want to clean hard reachable places.

But one thing where this cleaner really excels the others on this list is the fact that it is formulated with special odor eliminator named “Odor-X”. And it eliminates odor insanely good. But, one thing that it really needs to be praised for i – it eliminates the odor of cigarettes. We all know how hard can this be but this product does it with ease after a few applies.

What We Liked

  • Powerful odor eliminator, in-built brush, safe to use

What We Didn't Like

  • Medium to high price, can’t be applied on every surface, does have a “chemical” smell

Meguiar’s is another great product which can be found as a member of most “Top” lists. It’s a bit high-end but at the same time it’s quality speaks for itself. This is a professional cleaner which is designed to really work on deep stains and odor. It is also very quick-applying. This means that you can apply it and it will work in minutes. Most other products need some time to get the train going and they usually need to stay on the surface in order for them to work.

But, that’s not the case with this cleaner. It basically do its job in seconds and doesn’t leave any residue after it. It comes in a 19 ounce can so you can really use it a lot if you notice various stains around your cabin. It has a great smell to it as well, so good, you won’t need a scent tree ever again.

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What We Liked

  • Quick acting, dries in minutes, doesn’t leave residue, has a great smell

What We Didn't Like

  • For $12 bucks it’s price is a bit high, not perfect for small stains and dirt: too aggressive

This is what you could call an overall good product. It does what it’s supposed to do. It cleans the coffee, coke and food stains good enough. It also comes in a big package so it really is good value for money. 

Other than that, there really isn’t much too much about this product. If you are a novice when it comes to cleaning car interior and want to go safe and buy a proven product, this will work. It will help you get your upholstery clean and remove all the dirt and dust you may have. This product could serve as an entry point to a bit more professional products that are on this list. Try it out and see how it works. Maybe this cleaner will be everything you’ll ever need.

What We Liked

  • Good value for money, safe pick

What We Didn't Like

  • It isn’t premium and there are better options on the market

If your upholstery, floor mats or carpets have been damaged by coffee, food, lipstick and so on this is a perfect solution for you. It can tackle a wide range of stains some of which you didn’t even think could be removed. 

The cap has a built in brush which can help you tackle those stains even harder and deeper. So, overall, this is a great product which can really help you out when it comes to deep stains.

What We Liked

  • Effective for a variety of stains, built in brush in cap

What We Didn't Like

  • You can empty it very fast, there are better options on the market

Another great product that comes from Chemical Guys. And there’s a reason to it. Every their product on this list is different on its own and has its pros and cons. This extractor is designed for soft fabrics like upholstery and other soft type of your car interior. It’s specialized for stains that have just occurred. So, if you just spilled your coffee onto your seat then you know which product you need to have near you.

It is also extremely easy to use. Just spray some of the product on the stain and use a brush to brush it out. You don’t need to apply much pressure since the chemicals in the product will work everything for you. It also has a good smell to it and built-in antibacterial enzymes which will help you disinfect the surfaces after you’re finished with cleaning. How sweet is that?

What We Liked

  • Great for recent stains, works fast and doesn’t leave residue, easy to use

What We Didn't Like

  • A bit higher price coming in at $15

One of the best seat cleaning products out there. It is capable of penetrating through dirt and hare-to-spot stains. This product is very strong and battles tough stains in no time. The well balanced pH formula will protect your upholstery from decolorization and therefore you can use this product safely basically anywhere in your cabin. 

One thing to notice is that this product doesn’t eliminate odor. A minus but we can close one eye to it knowing how good it really is for battling tough stains. But overall, this cleaner comes from a reputable manufacturer and you will be okay with it.

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What We Liked

  • Easy to apply, trusted brand

What We Didn't Like

  • Price and leaves a strong smell after using

Last but not least, this product is a bit different from the others on the list. First of all, this is a concentrated solution for cleaning upholstery and carpets. What this means is that it needs to be diluted before being applied. It comes in a 16-ounce bottle and it should be diluted like this : one part of shampoo to 16 parts of water. It might sound strange to create a cleaning product like this, but if you want to battle that dirt hard, this is the way. And you’re also going to save some money in the long run.

What you’ll get is a strong product which is capable of destroying basically every single coffee, food or dirt stain you may have. Good stuff.

What We Liked

  • Good value for money, lasts long

What We Didn't Like

  • You need some preparation in order to use it

Product Guide

If you want to clean your interior you need to know a couple of things first. First of all, check which type of stain (we picked this as an example) is. Is it hard, deep, soft and so on. You should always try to clean everything with a few drops of water and some cloth. But, if the stain or dirt won’t go away then you should take other measures. That’s when specific cleaning products such as the ones listed above come in handy.

You should also know what type of product you want. Are you looking for a professional solution for your car at a higher price, or you just want to go with well known brands that are average but will still do the trick? Even if you pick a more expensive product for a stain which isn’t so dramatic, you won’t make a mistake. Every single product that is listed above will do what they describe – clean the dirt and stains.

One last thing. Be aware that not every product is good for all types of car interior issues. Some products only work on soft materials while others are multi-purpose and will probably work on any surface out there. All in all, if you want to clean, let’s say floor mats, but buy a soft stain cleaner, you won’t have a good time and you won’t solve your issue. That’s why you should always know what is product used for.


To sum up, hopefully after reading this article you got the information you needed. Now you know which are the best car interior cleaning products out there and all their pros and cons. The truth is that there isn’t a right or wrong pick when it comes to cleaning products. The fact that this decisions i a bit more complicated than let’s say, picking the best dinner table cleaner is because this is your car we’re talking about. And we surely don’t want to mess up your beauty by decolorizing it or ruining your seats from stains even more. 

But, one thing we can say and stand behind it is that every single one of the products listed above is tested and has thousand of reviews online. So every single product is proven and we can assure it won’t damage your car interior in any way. For everything else, you will just need to get one of the products yourself. This list is made kind of subjectivity and in order to find what is the best product that works for you, you’ll need to test them yourself first. And, what next? Well, it’s up to you. But, the car won’t clean itself. So, roll up your sleeves, and start cleaning!


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