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Title: Dirty Headliner
Post by: kristi84 on August 07, 2007, 07:49:27 PM
Hi Everyone,

Does anyone have a good recommendation on a product to use on the beige headliner for dirt?

Thanks!


Title: Re: Dirty Headliner
Post by: clarkeaj on August 08, 2007, 05:36:52 PM
Rug Dr.  That ought to work with the small attatchment.  I'm planning to do that with mine soon.


Title: Re: Dirty Headliner
Post by: diceallion on August 08, 2007, 05:45:12 PM
I am due as well, especially with the rain DATEK took in last week it kinda discolored above the A-Pillar on the passenger side.  And I also have reason to believe the previous owner opend a can of shaken Cola...


Title: Re: Dirty Headliner
Post by: Aztekkn on August 08, 2007, 05:47:47 PM
Let us know how it works all, Aztekkn needs some headliner cleaning as well.


Title: Re: Dirty Headliner
Post by: diceallion on August 08, 2007, 06:30:46 PM
Well I won't be doin any headliner cleaning for a loooooooong while.  Is not on my list of things todo, but on my wish it was done for me list..

Let us know how it works all, Aztekkn needs some headliner cleaning as well.


Title: Re: Dirty Headliner
Post by: badaztek1 on August 08, 2007, 06:44:32 PM
I need to do mine it had pop marks on it when I bought it but I can live with them so far.


Title: Re: Dirty Headliner
Post by: clarkeaj on August 08, 2007, 07:10:58 PM
I will keep you posted as soon as I do mine.


Title: Re: Dirty Headliner
Post by: CartierBear on August 09, 2007, 09:28:28 AM
I would try some Spray upholstery cleaner that you rub in and vacuum out.  I dont know if its still true but i always read not to ge tthe headliner too wet or it messes the glue up. 


Title: Re: Dirty Headliner
Post by: Aztekkn on August 09, 2007, 05:37:01 PM
I always read not to get the headliner too wet or it messes the glue up. 
Hense why I was waiting for someone else to try it. :P


Title: Re: Dirty Headliner
Post by: diceallion on August 09, 2007, 06:03:38 PM
Tried without wanting to...  I am the shmuck!!!   :huh:

I always read not to get the headliner too wet or it messes the glue up. 
Hense why I was waiting for someone else to try it. :P


Title: Re: Dirty Headliner
Post by: Sebastian on August 10, 2007, 09:35:41 PM
Go to Wall Mart and get the Tuff Stuff Spray uphosltery cleaner.
I had grease and oil on my headliner after doing the Rear Radio control install job and was pissed to no end.
The Tuff Stuff cleaned it better than it was when I got the Tek.

Item of note: The Scrubby head is part of the cap on the Tuff Stuff can, comes off. Yes it has a hole in it, but Pull it off, spray and lightly scrub with the brush part.
Also I never had to vacuum after using the Tuff Stuff, I just wiped it down with a clean rag.

WARNING:
When your done with the roof, you'll want to do the floors too. ;)


Title: Re: Dirty Headliner
Post by: diceallion on August 12, 2007, 07:08:16 PM
Thank you so much Sebastian, I will definitly include that in the todo list now... 


Title: Re: Dirty Headliner
Post by: Jetaway on September 02, 2007, 07:46:13 AM
Hi Everyone,

Does anyone have a good recommendation on a product to use on the beige headliner for dirt?

Thanks!

Spary upholstery foam may work for ya, though it got a little streaky on me.  Ended up using an "extractor," (e.g., The Green Machine) that shoots some water out and then sucks it back up.  Not a job for the timid.;)  And if you do it, you'll definitely want to do it when begining a annual or semi-annual cleaning because water, dirty, soapy, or otherwise tends to end up on windows, seats, and the floor.

Jetaway


Title: Re: Dirty Headliner
Post by: Draconis on February 13, 2008, 05:31:04 AM
I think I'm going to try the Tuff Stuff this weekend, if I can get around to it.  I'm always looking for excuses to take pictures, so I will if when I do it.  Roxanne's headliner is a little dirty!  I only wish there was a magic eraser for cigarette burns  :rolleyes:  Although that's not a biggie for me, being a smoker...


Title: Re: Dirty Headliner
Post by: 03Aztek on February 13, 2008, 02:16:08 PM
I think I'm going to try the Tuff Stuff this weekend, if I can get around to it.  I'm always looking for excuses to take pictures, so I will if when I do it.  Roxanne's headliner is a little dirty!  I only wish there was a magic eraser for cigarette burns  :rolleyes:  Although that's not a biggie for me, being a smoker...

I'm a smoker too, and I'd cut my hand off if I got a burn in my headliner. I've had the butt come back in the window a few times and managed to get 2 burns in the carpet, but they're barely noticable unless you know where they are and are looking. Plus, they're under a floormat so I can live with those. Headliner or seat...I'd be a little less happy bout that.
But I did notice your pack of smokes in your picture gallery. I never thought of using that compartment, and I must say, I tried it out and like it much better. I always kept mine under the radio


Title: Re: Dirty Headliner
Post by: Draconis on February 14, 2008, 01:24:27 AM
I think I'm going to try the Tuff Stuff this weekend, if I can get around to it.  I'm always looking for excuses to take pictures, so I will if when I do it.  Roxanne's headliner is a little dirty!  I only wish there was a magic eraser for cigarette burns  :rolleyes:  Although that's not a biggie for me, being a smoker...

I'm a smoker too, and I'd cut my hand off if I got a burn in my headliner. I've had the butt come back in the window a few times and managed to get 2 burns in the carpet, but they're barely noticable unless you know where they are and are looking. Plus, they're under a floormat so I can live with those. Headliner or seat...I'd be a little less happy bout that.
But I did notice your pack of smokes in your picture gallery. I never thought of using that compartment, and I must say, I tried it out and like it much better. I always kept mine under the radio

Yeah, fortunately the burns are from the previous owner and not me, but luckily all except for one (there's 5 or 6 burn marks) are on the visor, which can be replaced fairly cheaply, and the one on the headliner is not really black at all, more of a "scuff" in the fabric rather than an obvious burn.  So it looks like I have a something to add to my project list -_-

Yeah, that little compartment is much easier to reach than anywhere else I tried.  Now I just have to remind myself to grab them when I get out of the car at home...


Title: Re: Dirty Headliner
Post by: Sebastian on February 14, 2008, 01:46:12 AM
oops I was wrong, and have been for several months, its not Tuff Stuff.

Its Turtle Wax Interior Carpet Cleaner. Green and Yellow can, with a Yellow, plastic, scrub brush on top.


Title: Re: Dirty Headliner
Post by: 03Aztek on February 14, 2008, 01:59:08 AM
I think I'm going to try the Tuff Stuff this weekend, if I can get around to it.  I'm always looking for excuses to take pictures, so I will if when I do it.  Roxanne's headliner is a little dirty!  I only wish there was a magic eraser for cigarette burns  :rolleyes:  Although that's not a biggie for me, being a smoker...

I'm a smoker too, and I'd cut my hand off if I got a burn in my headliner. I've had the butt come back in the window a few times and managed to get 2 burns in the carpet, but they're barely noticable unless you know where they are and are looking. Plus, they're under a floormat so I can live with those. Headliner or seat...I'd be a little less happy bout that.
But I did notice your pack of smokes in your picture gallery. I never thought of using that compartment, and I must say, I tried it out and like it much better. I always kept mine under the radio

Yeah, fortunately the burns are from the previous owner and not me, but luckily all except for one (there's 5 or 6 burn marks) are on the visor, which can be replaced fairly cheaply, and the one on the headliner is not really black at all, more of a "scuff" in the fabric rather than an obvious burn.  So it looks like I have a something to add to my project list -_-

Yeah, that little compartment is much easier to reach than anywhere else I tried.  Now I just have to remind myself to grab them when I get out of the car at home...

I do have one on my sunroof cover. I was driving, and my friend in the back seat tried to ash out the sunroof. idiot. But I plan to eventually re-cover that anyhow so I try not to look at it.

Can't wait till you try this. Let us know how it goes. I can look past the sunroof, but the water stains on my headliner really bug me.


Title: Re: Dirty Headliner
Post by: Draconis on February 14, 2008, 03:50:10 AM
oops I was wrong, and have been for several months, its not Tuff Stuff.

Its Turtle Wax Interior Carpet Cleaner. Green and Yellow can, with a Yellow, plastic, scrub brush on top.


Good to know!  luckily I hadn't gone to the store yet :mellow:

I think I'm going to try the Tuff Stuff this weekend, if I can get around to it.  I'm always looking for excuses to take pictures, so I will if when I do it.  Roxanne's headliner is a little dirty!  I only wish there was a magic eraser for cigarette burns  :rolleyes:  Although that's not a biggie for me, being a smoker...

I'm a smoker too, and I'd cut my hand off if I got a burn in my headliner. I've had the butt come back in the window a few times and managed to get 2 burns in the carpet, but they're barely noticable unless you know where they are and are looking. Plus, they're under a floormat so I can live with those. Headliner or seat...I'd be a little less happy bout that.
But I did notice your pack of smokes in your picture gallery. I never thought of using that compartment, and I must say, I tried it out and like it much better. I always kept mine under the radio

Yeah, fortunately the burns are from the previous owner and not me, but luckily all except for one (there's 5 or 6 burn marks) are on the visor, which can be replaced fairly cheaply, and the one on the headliner is not really black at all, more of a "scuff" in the fabric rather than an obvious burn.  So it looks like I have a something to add to my project list -_-

Yeah, that little compartment is much easier to reach than anywhere else I tried.  Now I just have to remind myself to grab them when I get out of the car at home...

I do have one on my sunroof cover. I was driving, and my friend in the back seat tried to ash out the sunroof. idiot. But I plan to eventually re-cover that anyhow so I try not to look at it.

Can't wait till you try this. Let us know how it goes. I can look past the sunroof, but the water stains on my headliner really bug me.

Heh, I noticed yesterday as I was driving home that there was a cigarette butt in between my rear glass and my spoiler, on the top.  Went to get it out throw it away, and saw that it was not my brand, but my girlfriend's.  I told her next time to throw them out to the side instead of up over the roof  :rolleyes:

I'm probably doing and interior clean on Friday.  I noticed yesterday that the water stains on mine are worse than I thought, so I'm hoping it works pretty well.  I will definitely update, probably with before/after pics if I can get the before ones to come out right.  Who's bright idea was it to put in a light-toned headliner?  They could have gone with a dark gray and still fit the color scheme...  ^_^


Title: Re: Dirty Headliner
Post by: 03Aztek on February 14, 2008, 01:52:22 PM
Heh, I noticed yesterday as I was driving home that there was a cigarette butt in between my rear glass and my spoiler, on the top.  Went to get it out throw it away, and saw that it was not my brand, but my girlfriend's.  I told her next time to throw them out to the side instead of up over the roof  :rolleyes:

I'm probably doing and interior clean on Friday.  I noticed yesterday that the water stains on mine are worse than I thought, so I'm hoping it works pretty well.  I will definitely update, probably with before/after pics if I can get the before ones to come out right.  Who's bright idea was it to put in a light-toned headliner?  They could have gone with a dark gray and still fit the color scheme...  ^_^

Eee I hate that. Didn't burn any paint did it?

But yeah, the hadliner is waaay to light. For something that's nearly impossible to clean it should be mandatory for all vehicles to be a dark color.


Title: Re: Dirty Headliner
Post by: Draconis on February 15, 2008, 04:58:17 PM
oops I was wrong, and have been for several months, its not Tuff Stuff.

Its Turtle Wax Interior Carpet Cleaner. Green and Yellow can, with a Yellow, plastic, scrub brush on top.


Went to the store yesterday and picked up this, some Eagle 1 nanowax, Rain x, new wiper blade, air freshener, etc.

And I've decided I'm way too tired today to clean Roxanne, I just got done helping my girlfriend move, so It'll be done tomorrow!

We're supposed to have some sun tomorrow (it's been snowing the last 2 days), so that should help me take some pictures for you guys!


Title: Re: Dirty Headliner
Post by: Draconis on February 27, 2008, 02:03:58 AM
alright, quick update.

Got around to cleaning her out last weekend, but by the time I was finished, it was dark, and we've had snow here since then, so I haven't been able to get the "after" pics that I want.  It's supposed to be sunny today, so hopefully I'll be able to snap a few in the a.m.

I have to say though, that the Turtle Wax Interior Carpet Cleaner works wonderfully on water stains, they're totally gone from my headliner now!

Like I said, I'll try and take some after pics in the morning, and I'll post those with a full description on how I cleaned it.


Title: Re: Dirty Headliner
Post by: Draconis on February 27, 2008, 12:56:25 PM
alright, so here are the before/after pics of the headliner.  Again, imo the Turtle Wax Interior Carpet Cleaner worked wonders on the headliner.  The can comes with a stiff plastic brush head, which I was wary of using since I didn't want to tear up anything around where I already have cigarette burns, so I also bought a small microfiber cleaning pad (sponge) and popped the brush part off of the can.  I sprayed the foam on there, then scrubbed it in with the microfiber pad, let it dry, and ran a flat vacuum attachment across it (which in all probablilty was unnecessary for the headliner, but that's what the can said to do  :mellow: )

these pics are kinda big, and I don't really know if you'll be able to see the difference, but to the eye, my headliner looks new again!
(http://toric20.hypermart.net/headliner1.jpg)
(http://toric20.hypermart.net/Headliner2.jpg)

So, I would definitely recommend the Turtle Wax cleaner for the headliner.  It was kind of so-so on the actual carpet, although since my mats/carpet was pretty muddy from the weather we've had recently, it probably would have worked better if I had steam cleaned it first, then used the Turtle Wax cleaner on any stains.  I plan on steam cleaning the carpet once summer hits (no point when it's still snowing  ^_^ )


Title: Re: Dirty Headliner
Post by: tanktek on February 27, 2008, 03:04:57 PM
Hummm, Ill have to get some of that stuff. Ive got a wierd stain on my headliner in the green tek that I want to get rid of.


Title: Re: Dirty Headliner
Post by: wma_30hz on February 27, 2008, 04:12:41 PM
That's a noticeable difference!

I picked up a can of Turtle Wax Oxy Interior1, multipurpose carpet upholstery cleaner last weekend (before I saw your post) as the '04 has some funkiness about the headliner that's gotta go. I'll report back when I get a good day to work on it.

Speaking of good days... Monday afternoon, it's 70 and sunny; Tuesday morning @ 3am we had tornadoes and hail; Tuesday night and this morning, snow flurries. Gotta love Alabama weather...


Title: Re: Dirty Headliner
Post by: 97drexelgrad on February 27, 2008, 04:48:47 PM
I seriously need to clean my entire interior.  I read somewhere where they said to spray some cleaner on the mats then hit it with a powerwasher.  What do you think about that?


Title: Re: Dirty Headliner
Post by: Draconis on February 27, 2008, 05:05:24 PM
I seriously need to clean my entire interior.  I read somewhere where they said to spray some cleaner on the mats then hit it with a powerwasher.  What do you think about that?

like the ones at the self-serve car washes?  That actually sounds like a good idea, I think they've got enough rubber backing to withstand the spray, so you shouldn't have to worry about threads coming out.  I'll have to try that, 'cause of course, they're muddy again after only a few days.  stupid snow... ^_^


Title: Re: Dirty Headliner
Post by: 97drexelgrad on February 27, 2008, 05:10:01 PM
yes, those high pressure ones.  I have a 3500 psi unit I was thinking about using


Title: Re: Dirty Headliner
Post by: 03Aztek on March 02, 2008, 03:45:08 PM
I only have carpeted mats for the front, and they're pretty dirty. I did use our carpet cleaner on them, but still, dirty. I got some of those $10 rubber mats for the front and back at Wal*Mart to keep on top and keep the carpet ones nice....best $10 ever spent. Just take a wash cloth and wipe....clean again.

As for the headliner....I really want to get my stains out, but I'm just a bit nervous about it. Any tips Draconis?


Title: Re: Dirty Headliner
Post by: diceallion on March 02, 2008, 07:41:41 PM
Very nice work Draconis, a noticible difference and something I will definitly MUS DO this summer, I also have head liner stains from where I HAVE NO CLUE, but there there. 

OK, next on the list turtle wax interior carpet cleaner.

Draconis, take time to post a unique comment on the procedures you used and the quality of the product with your overall score in the product review section.


Title: Re: Dirty Headliner
Post by: Draconis on March 03, 2008, 06:30:36 AM
As for the headliner....I really want to get my stains out, but I'm just a bit nervous about it. Any tips Draconis?

It was really easy with the stuff that I used, and even with my 6 or 7 cigarette burns up there, didn't tear those holes any larger or anything.  Note that I did not use the included brush applicator that came on the can of Turtle Wax Interior Carpet Cleaner, I broke that off of the cap and sprayed the headliner, then rubbed down (lightly scrubbed) the area with a small microfiber pad (small round sponge covered in microfiber cloth that was like $4 @ Walmart).  I have a feeling that the brush applicator would tear the headliner, as the bristles are plastic, but any sponge or soft cloth should work.  Spray it on, rub it in, and run a vacuum across it once it's dry (honestly, you could probably skip that part, didn't seem to do much on the headliner, though is necessary for carpet), and you're done!  One application was all it took to get the water stains out, I next time I clean it I'm gonna re-apply and scrub some smaller areas that still show light stains (which used to be much worse), but all in all it does a real good job.

Draconis, take time to post a unique comment on the procedures you used and the quality of the product with your overall score in the product review section.

I'll have to do that when I get a chance...  you mean I have to actually organize my thoughts so people can understand me? ^_^ :mellow:


Title: Re: Dirty Headliner
Post by: diceallion on March 03, 2008, 07:39:56 PM
No not really, LOL, just make it look good  :rolleyes:  ^_^  :rolleyes:


Draconis, take time to post a unique comment on the procedures you used and the quality of the product with your overall score in the product review section.

I'll have to do that when I get a chance...  you mean I have to actually organize my thoughts so people can understand me? ^_^ :mellow:
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Title: Re: Dirty Headliner
Post by: caliblonde6 on July 12, 2008, 08:51:27 PM
I had to detail my Silverado and I used "Spot Shot" on my headliner and carpet. It worked wonders. It got out all of the old spots that the detailer could not get out. Plus it's only $1 at Dollar Tree.


Title: Re: Dirty Headliner
Post by: seth_381 on September 15, 2008, 01:23:44 PM
Well I know someone who told me that glass cleaner not windex but the foamy stuff in an aerosol can works, all your suppost to do is spray it on the stain let it sit for a couple minutes and dab it with a paper towel I don't know if it works. 


Title: Re: Dirty Headliner
Post by: AztekNinja on June 18, 2015, 11:28:41 PM
I'll have to try the Spot Shot on mine, I picked up a small carpet cleaner I use on the floor boards, with a little rug cleaner. That seems to really work for the road salt that gets tracked in drring the winter time


Title: Re: Dirty Headliner
Post by: AztekNinja on June 20, 2015, 08:57:20 PM
I tried to fin the Spot Shot product at my local Dollar Tree, but think they replaced the product with high traffic carpet cleaner. It seemed to work great  with a little help from a soft bristle hand brush, or a tooth bush might work well too, depending of the size of the stain. I have yet to try the other products mentioned in this forum. I'll write back as soon as I try some others as they may work better, or the same as the product I tried.