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I bought a used car and its seat, doors, dashboard all needs some good cleaning job. I am thinking to shampoo the seats and side doors and then vacuuming it. But I don't know what shampoo to use and how to do it? I did clean mildew on gear using Windex. It did pretty good job. Need help cleaning the clothe seats and side doors. Do I soak the seat for long, how much water do I use? I have to take the car to outside vacuum for drying the seats.

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If you want to get dust and dirt out of hard to reach places (e.g. a gear shifter), you may want to use a toothbrush. – Breakthrough Jul 28 '11 at 20:00

For cleaning carpets many of the high-end professional detailers avoid using shampoos since it's nearly impossible to rinse out completely and the residue will attract dirt in the future. Instead they use a steam cleaner. Here is a video demonstration:

Unfortunately these steam machines are pretty expensive and I've never found a place that will rent one. So if you do want to go the more traditional route, I'd recommend the Meguiar's carpet cleaning product: Just follow the instructions on the can.

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