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How to Clean Your Bus Seats

by Ellie Beck

One of the most intimidating things about a bus is keeping it clean. If your bus sees a lot of action, it's difficult to tell what might have happened during a trip. Keeping up with the seats can extend the life of your bus, though, so it's good to make a habit of cleaning the seats regularly.

General Cleaning

Whether your bus has vinyl or cloth seats, mix up a batch of warm water and some soap. A few drops of soap to a gallon of warm water should be sufficient. Use a cloth or a soft-bristled brush to work the soapy water into the seats and remove dirt and grime. Rinse with a damp cloth dipped in fresh water and then let the seats dry. Go easy on the water when you're cleaning cloth seats since you don't want to encourage mold to grow. Once the seats are clean, you can get a good look at any stains or goopy spots that are left over.

Ink Stains

Ink stains are unfortunately really easy to acquire and sometimes difficult to remove. Whether you're dealing with ink on vinyl or on cloth, turn to rubbing alcohol. With vinyl seats, add some rubbing alcohol to a cotton pad and use firm pressure to scrub at the ink stain. Apply additional rubbing alcohol as needed. If the seats are cloth, you shouldn't scrub because that can cause the ink to spread. Add rubbing alcohol to a cotton pad but dab the alcohol into the ink stain. It takes longer, but the stain will come up.

Oily, Greasy Stains

On vinyl seats, a mixture of warm water and baking soda can start you off right. Wipe the area with the baking soda and water, then use a mix of hot water and soap to finish the job. Rinse well and look for any residue. For cloth seats, you don't want to soak the seats because that can cause mildew to form. Instead, use a bit of rubbing alcohol on a cloth and dab it into the greasy spot. Keep at it until the grease spot is gone.

Liquid Spills on Cloth Seats

It's important to note how to handle liquid spills on cloth seats. Immediately start blotting as much as you can. You'd be surprised how much liquid you can pull out of the fabric and the padding just by blotting over and over. Once you have most of the liquid out of the seat, you can proceed with cleaning the actual spill.

Now that you know how to clean the seats in your bus, you can keep your bus looking great for years to come. If you need a new one, however, contact an expert in bus sales today. You can get yourself a "new to you" bus that you already know how to care for perfectly.