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Step-By-Step Guide to Cleaning Coffee Out of Kia Seats

How to Clean Spilled Coffee on Vehicle Seats 

Whether it’s your first cup of the day or your fourth, nothing quite compares to that terrible feeling of hitting a bump in the road or taking a turn too tight and your fresh cup of coffee goes flying. If you’ve recently found yourself in this situation and need to figure out how to clean spilled coffee out of your Kia Forte seats quickly, this guide is for you.  

Don’t let your spilled coffee get you down. Follow these steps to turn your day around and get your seats and Kia interior looking fresher than ever.  

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Cleaning Coffee Spills in Your Car 

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  1. Grab those spare drive-thru napkins out of your glove compartment and quickly blot the spilled coffee as soon as possible. Keep flipping those napkins around to their driest sides to soak up as much of the spilled coffee as you can but be sure to never rub the liquid into the seats.  
  2. After the scene of the crime is mostly dried up, get your hands on a spray-on cleaner and cover the area of the seat where your coffee was spilled. If you’re trying to clean up your spill while you’re out and about, most gas stations and drug stores carry a cleaner that will work. 
  3. Roll up your sleeves and use a clean sponge or towel to gently rub the cleaner into the spot on your Kia seat. This is where the elbow grease comes in.  
  4. Once you have the cleaner rubbed in, take some clean water and rinse away the spot then blot with a new fresh towel or stack of napkins until the coffee stain has fully lifted.  
  5. Roll down your windows and hit the open road to dry out the last bits of the post-coffee spot. If it’s cooler out or just not windows-down weather, leave your windows cracked while you park to dry out the seat or bust out your favorite hair dryer to speed up the process. 

If a few days have passed and you notice a pesky and faint stain remains, grab some vinegar and mix it with warm water. Apply the mixture lightly to the seat and use a fresh cloth to wipe away the stain.  

Now, let’s say the stain is gone but the lingering smell remains. Use baking soda or any of your favorite odor absorbers and let it sit in your vehicle to soak up the last of the smells. Just be sure you also allow your Kia to air out a bit after to let any lingering cleaner smells make their way out as well.  

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Make sure you clean up that spilled coffee as soon as it happens – even if it means blowing through your stack of emergency car napkins. Getting ahead of the stain before it sets can save you a headache in the long run.  

If the coffee stain in your car is too far gone, contact a member of the Friendly Kia service team to get an appointment set up to remove that stain once and for all.