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How to Clean Golf Cart Seats

by Kate Evelyn
    Golf cart seats can easily get dirty but are effectively cleaned in a few simple steps.

    Golf cart seats can easily get dirty but are effectively cleaned in a few simple steps.

    electrocars for movement on fields for a golf image by Ivan Hafizov from Fotolia.com

    The seats are very important parts of your golf cart. Since they are often exposed to the elements when in storage or when out on the course, it’s important to clean them regularly. This not only keeps your golf clothing from getting stained; it also helps your seats last longer. Most golf cart seats are made of vinyl, which is fairly easy to clean. Many also have removable seat covers for added comfort and quick cleaning.

    Items you will need

    • Cotton cloths
    • Half-gallon bucket
    • Mild dish soap
    • Carpet and upholstery cleaner (if needed)
    • Old toothbrush (if needed)

    Step 1

    Remove your seat covers, if applicable. Set them aside. Fill the bucket with four cups of lukewarm water and two teaspoons of mild dish soap. Stir. Dip a cloth in the solution. Wring it out. Wipe down the tops and sides of the seats. Use an old toothbrush for any seams where the cloth won’t fit.

    Step 2

    Rinse, using another cloth damp with water only. Dry the seat with a third cloth or let it air dry. Continue to Step 3 if you have a removable seat cover.

    Step 3

    Place your seat covers back on the seats. Clean cloth covers using a carpet cleaner. Apply a teaspoon of the cleaner to your cotton cloth and use the cloth to scrub stains in a circular motion. Clean synthetic leather covers using the instructions in Step 1.

    Step 4

    Rinse the seat covers and let them air dry. Do not use more water then you need, as it could seep through to the seats underneath and lead to mildew growth.

    Tips

    • Dab up spills as soon as possible to prevent them from penetrating to the inside of the seats.
    • If your cart has vinyl or synthetic leather seats, simply hose them off if they get dusty or dirty during a long day on the course. Let them dry off before covering the golf cart or putting it back in storage.
    • Wipe down wet seats with a dry cotton cloth or towel if your golf cart is left sitting out in the rain so that your seats don’t get water spots.
    • Some cloth seat covers are machine-washable. Check the tags on the seat covers or call the manufacturer to be sure. Do not put vinyl or synthetic leather in the washing machine.

    Warnings

    • Spot test any cleaner you plan to use in a small area of the seat before applying it to the whole seat cover.
    • Never apply seat covers when the golf cart seats are still wet.

    About the Author

    Based in Washington, D.C., Kate Evelyn has been writing professionally since 2000. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications, including "Elle" magazine, "Brass|CU" magazine and the "Credit Union Times." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Western Maryland College.

    Photo Credits

    • electrocars for movement on fields for a golf image by Ivan Hafizov from Fotolia.com