The headliner is an often forgotten part of the interior of the vehicle, yet on top of getting a spaghetti stain from your two year old (How? we haven’t even had spaghetti in a week? Where did it come from?) it can harbor contamination and should be cleaned regularly. However, it needs to be treated delicately as the glue holding it on is apparently only the strength of a sticky note. With that said it is very simple to clean your headliner with the proper methods.
There are just 3 things you want to keep in mind:
- Do not over saturate as the can cause the glue to fail
- Do not use excessive heat as it can cause the glue to fail
- Do not use excessive force as it can cause the glue to fail
For normal, routine, cleanups, a microfiber towel and a few spritz of your favorite interior cleaner such as this one on the towel, not the headliner, should suffice. For anything that does not work on, or for specific stains, address them in this order:
- A couple spritz on a brush such as this one and lightly brush in small circles.
- A couple of spritzes on an applicator pad and scrub, very lightly, in small circles.
- Use a steamer to help release the stain but do not get too close or leave it in any spot for too long. Remember, that glue is very delicate and you do not want to ruin the headliner. I would use this option as the last step if everything else fails.
With those techniques, you can safely and effectively keep you headliner clean. As for how to prevent the stains from your two-year-old… give me a call when you figure that one out.