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Upholstery Clean Up - Giots vs Lifter-1

During the clean up of a friend's Toyota, I had the opportunity to test another carpet cleaner against the fancy Griots stuff. Said friend bought this foaming carpet cleaner from the local auto parts. He said it was the most expensive one they had available there.

Griots Carpet Cleaner 22oz - $13
Lifter-1 Carpet Stain & Spot Remover 18oz - $8

I have Griots interior cleaner as well but, I felt like the carpet cleaner was a stronger formula. For this job we needed something that was a step up from the normal upholstery cleaner. Of course given the material you are using either of these options may not be a good bet. Always test a small spot before loading down any cleaners on your seats.

The cap isn't seen in the picture above but, the Lifter-1 comes with a plastic "brush" style top. So, we had 4 seats and a headliner to make look pretty from an exploding soda can. Note to folks, don't leave a can of soda in your car during the heat of summer. I didn't get a shot of the headliner but, as you can imagine it looked nasty. 

First up, the before pics. Not all of this was caused by an exploding soda can of course.

The back seat had the worst of it.

First off since the seats were light in color we wanted to make sure we didn't get any bleed from a dyed rag. White was the color choice for this project. We sprayed down one half of the back seat with the Griots. The other half with the Lifter-1. We let both sit for a few minutes then, used a soft bristled brush to scrub the cloth.

So, immediate thoughts:

The lifter-1 foamed up nicely and by appearance seemed to be doing more. There was a spot from a leaking pen on the front seats, it seemed to really pull that out well. Deep stain penetration seemed mediocre. It almost felt as though it was just pushing the stains around. I feel like the Lifter-1 would be a good choice for pulling top level stains out of your upholstery. Even with the light colored seats there was no noticeable discoloration however, it did leave behind quite the chemically smell. So much so that we had to open the garage door and vent out the place.

The Griots didn't seem like it was doing as much given it didn't have any foaming action. However almost immediately you notice that is really does seem to pull out the stains from this light colored fabric. The huge plus for the Griots was that there was no chemical smell. I could clean with the Griots in a closed garage all day.

Front seat before on the left, after on the right. Much better.

Before. This was the worst of it on the back seat.

After scrubbing with the Griots. It isn't perfect but, we were not going for perfect. A bit more scrubbing and I think it would have been able to get it out further. Definite improvement, the pictures don't really do it justice.

Griots Interior Cleaner
I also went ahead and gave the door cards a good cleaning with my bottle of Griots interior cleaner. They turned out really well after a good scrubbing. This stuff is also scent free and clear. No residues or chemical smells. It pulled the sticky soda right of the cloth inserts. It leaves behind a slight sheen on plastics. You can feel a slight residue on your hands from this product. 

Door card sludge. Top pic with flash, bottom without.

After door cards. Look at how shiny and fresh they are? I really think they turned out looking just like the car rolled out the factory. That wasn't too hard though, given they were not that dirty to begin with. So that ended our little cleaning session. Always a plus to have a fresh interior no matter what kind of car, truck, or SUV you happen to drive.


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