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A Beginner’s Guide to Cleaning Dirty Car Seat Belts

Cleaning dirty car seat belts can be a nightmare. However, if you really think about it, most of the difficulties stem from not knowing what to do. This is why we thought it would be useful to put together a brief guide on how to best clean your car’s dirty seat belts. If this is something that you want to learn more about, read on for a detailed breakdown of the best way to clean dirty seat belts.

Pull the Seat Belt All the Way Out

First things first, you should pull the seat belt out of the retractor so that you can begin working on it. When we pull the seat belt out of the retractor, we attach a clip to the top of the retractor to secure the seat belt in place. While this is optional, not doing this will make the seat belt significantly harder to clean because it will retract once you let go of it. If you insist on not using a clip, then you’ll have to ask someone to help you clean your seat belt.

Spray the Seat Belt with a Degreaser

Now you should spray some degreaser on the seat belt. The first thing we like to do is find the dirtiest spots on the seat belt and concentrate on cleaning those spots. After we have cleaned those dirty spots, we clean the rest of the seat belt.

For the best results, be sure that you refrain from over-saturating the seat belt with the degreaser. While the degreaser is helpful when it comes to cleaning the dirty spots of your seat belt, applying it can cause your seat belt to tear apart.

Scrub the Seat Belt with a Brush

After using the degreaser, it’s time to clean the seat belts more thoroughly. This is where you can deal with pesky stains that weren’t removed by the degreaser. For particularly resilient stains, we recommend scrubbing the seat belt with a brush.

The hard bristle brush is excellent for removing tough stains. Just make sure not to scrub it too hard on the seat belt. Be as gentle as possible. If you don’t have access to a hard bristle brush, you can use a toothbrush. While it isn’t designed for cleaning seat belts, a toothbrush will work fine if you don’t have a hard bristle brush because the soft bristle will allow you to scrub a little harder than usual.

Wipe the Seat Belt with a Microfiber Towel

When you have successfully cleaned the whole seat belt, it’s time to wipe it with a microfiber cloth. This step is pretty straightforward as all you’ll really need to do is try to get it as dry as possible. When wiping the seat belt, be sure to be on the lookout for any spots that are still dirty. If you find any stains or signs of dirt, you can apply a little more degreaser.

Apply a Reasonable Amount of Fabric Protector on the Seat Belt

After you clean all of the seat belts in your car, it’s a good idea to apply some fabric protector. A layer of fabric protector will keep the seat belts clean, meaning that they’ll be easier to clean next time.


We hope this article proves to be useful when it comes to helping you clean your seat belts. While it may seem difficult at first, following these steps should help make cleaning all of your seat belts a breeze. Be sure to look back on this guide when it’s time to clean your seat belts so you can get through this task more efficiently.

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