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    Senior Member Slava's Avatar
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    Alcantara Cleaning?

    I'm looking for tips on how to clean my interior.
    Seats and door cards mainly. I have couple of stains that I want to remove but I'm not sure how. Per manufacturer they say not to use any chemical cleaner and recomend to use lemon juice and ethyl alchohol.

    After doig some light research I've found out that people have run into issues using alcholo and lemon juice, some people experienced discoloring in their fabrick. I was thinking of using DP Total Interior cleaner but not sure if it's safe.

    Per DP:
    DP Total Interior Cleaner is water-based and environmentally friendly. It will not dry, discolor or stiffen any interior surface, not even leather. Instead of solvents, it uses surfactant technology to lift foreign particles out of carpet and off the dashboard and suspend them until you wipe them away. This action is instantaneous. Just spray and wipe solid surfaces like the dashboard and door panels. For carpet and upholstery, it may be necessary to agitate the area with an upholstery brush. (Always test fabric for color-fastness in an inconspicuous spot.) DP Total Interior Cleaner requires no rinsing because its water base allows it to dry without altering the texture of carpet, leather, or fabric.

    Beign that it's water base I'd assume that it would be safe but I'd rather ask before making a huge mistake.

    Here's a picture of what the interior looks like.

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    Re: Alcantara Cleaning?

    Here's what Lamborghini suggests:
    All the details for the care of Alcantara®.
    Maintenance instructions
    Alcantara ® is the registered trade mark of the new generation textile, exclusively produced by
    Elegant and functional at the same time, Alcantara ® combines qualities such as softness, refinement and
    richness of colour, and is particularly stain resistant and easy to maintain.
    It can be used in innovative and prestigious ways in furnishings, in car upholstery, in the world of fashion
    and in clothing accessories.
    Ordinary maintenance
    In order to preserve the beauty of Alcantara ® it is recommended that regular cleaning is carried out. Don’t
    rub too vigorously, and we don’t recommend using steam machines.
    Daily cleaning
    It is sufficient to dust Alcantara ® using a soft brush, a dry cloth, or a vacuum cleaner.
    Weekly cleaning
    After having dusted Alcantara ® , run a slightly moistened white cotton cloth over it. Avoid the use of
    printed absorbent cloths/papers as they can release ink onto the fabric.
    Yearly cleaning
    If the upholstery is removable, it is recommended that you wash it in a washing-machine, following the
    instructions below (general washing instructions).
    If the upholstery is not removable it is possible to clean Alcantara ®, by using specific products listed in the
    web-site Alcantara® . If such products are not available, please follow these instructions: dust the
    fabric with care; moisten a soft cloth or a sponge in clean water, wring it thoroughly and run it over the
    whole Alcantara ® fabric, making sure not to wet it excessively; rinse the cloth or sponge and repeat as
    necessary. Leave to dry (overnight). Once dried, in order to restore the fabric, brush it delicately with a
    soft bristle brush.

    General washing instructions
    If it is necessary to fully wash the furniture’s removable upholstery due to extensive staining, follow the
    washing instructions below carefully:
    In case of removable upholstery, Alcantara ® can be safely machine washed with water at about 30° C and
    a mild detergent; do not spin-dry. If there are Velcro fastenings along the edges of the upholstery, they
    must be protected with counter-Velcro before washing in order not to damage the upholstery.
    Once the upholstery is washed, let it dry in the open air and brush it delicately with a soft bristle brush.
    Alcantara ® is not to be bleached with chlorine.
    If necessary, Alcantara ® can be ironed, making sure that a white cloth is put between the iron and the
    product. The base of the iron must not reach a temperature higher than 110°C.
    In case of dry cleaning, trichloroethylene must not be used and direct contact with steam machines must
    be avoided. The use of the “spray extraction machine” is allowed only at low temperature.
    For the cleaning of non-removable upholstery follow the instructions given in the section “yearly
    General instructions for stains removal
    In the case of localised stains, and when the specific products for the cleaning of Alcantara ® are not
    available, (a list of such products is available on the web-site Alcantara®), the upholstery can be
    cleaned as follows:
    • Act immediately (within 30 minutes) and begin treating the stain from the outside edge into the centre
    in order to avoid the stain spreading;
    • never pour a cleaning product directly onto Alcantara ® ;
    • before removing the stain, remove any of the substance that has fallen on the upholstery: if it’s thick
    (yoghurt, jam, etc.) use a spoon or a plastic spatula; for liquids, use non printed absorbent paper or a

    avoid rubbing to prevent the stain from spreading or going deep into fabric;
    • use a white cloth or a well wrung sponge for the removal of the stains;
    • if you use a sponge, rinse it in clean water and wring it well between each wipe.
    For the specific treatment of the different types of stains and the relative materials that should be used,
    follow the instructions below.
    Water-soluble stains
    It is recommended that you use the specific products for Alcantara ® cleaning, (a list of which is available
    on; if the products listed are not available, it is recommended, depending on the type
    of stain, that you should use water, lemon juice, or pure ethyl alcohol (from liquors) and follow the
    instructions below:
    Fruit juice, jam, jelly, syrup, ketchup:
    use lukewarm water, rinse by dabbing with clean water.
    2/4ഊBlood, egg, excrement, urine:
    use cold water; avoid warm water because it makes these substances coagulate, rinse by dabbing
    with clean water.
    Liquors, alcoholic beverages, wine, beer, coke and tea:
    use lukewarm water; if the colour mark remains, treat it with lemon juice and then rinse it well.
    Indelible pencil, cocoa, chocolate, pastry with cream or chocolate, ice-cream, mustard: use
    lukewarm water; rinse by dabbing with clean water.
    Vinegar, hair gel, tomato sauce, coffee with sugar:
    use lemon juice and then wipe with lukewarm water; rinse by dabbing with clean water.
    Stains not soluble in water
    It is recommended that you should use the specific products for Alcantara ® cleaning, (a list of which is
    available on; if the products listed are not available, it is recommended, depending
    on the type of stain, that you should use water, or lemon juice or pure ethyl alcohol (from liquors) and
    follow the instructions below.
    Lipstick, foundation, mascara, eye-shadow, perfume, shoe polish, oil and grease in general,
    grass stains and felt tips in general (including the indelible kind):
    rub with ethyl alcohol, then with water and rinse.
    For grass stains and felt tips, which are quite difficult to remove, especially on light colours, it is
    necessary to act as soon as possible in order to prevent them from becoming too “dry”.
    Chewing-gum and wax:
    put a plastic bag full of ice on the stain; when the material becomes hard remove the pieces and
    then treat with ethyl alcohol.
    Resistant stains
    Repeat the above described treatments as often as necessary.
    Even the stains that are not soluble in water often require to be treated afterwards with water.
    Old stains of unknown origin
    First of all treat with lukewarm water, then rinse by dabbing them with clean water. If you see
    that the stain begins to dissolve in the water, repeat the treatment as often as necessary; let it dry
    and, if necessary, treat with ethyl alcohol.
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    Re: Alcantara Cleaning?

    Alcantara is functionally the same or similar to suede and you have to be vary careful anytime you're working on it. I don't know that Detailer's Pride Total Interior Cleaner has been tested on suede.

    Suede and/or Alcantar is not a normal interior fabric, it's a specialty fabric and it's not easy for the average person to work on.

    Here's a post I made on a similar questions...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Phillips

    Originally Posted by BILLY_BLING
    What is best to clean suede and condition? I have a set of integra type R seat in my civic just won't to kept them clean.

    Welcome to suede...

    Do a search using the word suede as I think I saw someone post a successful method they used to the forum but don't remember where.

    Usually you're limited to a vacumm and a lint brush as applying most cleaning liquids is going to alter how the suede looks.

    Here's a website that discusses how to work on Alcantara, which I think is functionally like suede.

    General washing instructions

    Stain Removal

    The stain removal link does a good job of breaking down stains into either Water-soluble stains or Non Water-soluble stains and the remedies.

    Still doesn't read like it's easy and you have to be careful so anyone reading this thread and trying to remove stains out of Alcantara use your own judgment when following the instructions from the above website or any website.

    Good luck...

    As I wrote in the above post...

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    Re: Alcantara Cleaning?

    Take it all to a dry cleaner that does onsite work. They will know what to use ! Find the most expensive guy that has been around the longest then use them!

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