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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-14-2019 Thread Starter
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Headliner cleaning

What's the best way to clean a headliner? Would a steam cleaner cause the glue to come loose? I would think it would work well. Has anyone tried this?

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The factory headliner doesn't have glue, except at the ends where the windshield and back glass help hold it in place. It's just stitched and stretched between metal bows. But I would be reluctant to use steam. The material (if original) is incredibly brittle and frail. I accidentally put my finger through mine a while back. It's about as strong as a paper towel, but more crunchy.

I don't have any good advice on how to clean, but I think I'd avoid steam, for fear of making it wrinkle up.


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It would depend on what you're cleaning off. If it's something like smoke residue, you can use most any good household grade degreaser/cleaner, warm water and a large soft sponge. Just be super careful with applying pressure as Grim said the material tends to get VERY brittle with age.
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TSP (tri-sodium phosphate) should work for most things that will be on the headliner. If you need more try some castrol superclean diluted well with water and it will take a lot of rinsing.
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I use Tuff Stuff multi-surface cleaner for most interior surfaces.

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Spray some diluted simple green on a soft toothbrush, hold the end of the handle with a thumb and one finger, and sweep away, on section at a time. Blot/ wipe dry with a microfiber towel. Rinse with water in a spray bottle and then dry with a fresh towel.
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