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Old 10-27-2005, 10:07 AM
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Unhappy FX4 Seat Fabric Stains, 2005

I realize this subject has been out there but I have not yet determined what to do to fix this annoyance in my 2005 F-150. I have the Black cloth, and when dabing a small spot with water, it dried with a ugly water stain. I tried to remove it, but it just go worse. Bled from the black into the 2 tone black gray fabric. What a poor choice from Ford for these seats. But I'm stuck with them, so I need advice on cleaning them to get rid of the "water stain". Unbelievable.
I have considered a small steam cleaner, but I'm worried about exasperating the problem. The dealer had no suggestions, but said others had complained about this very issue. Any suggestions or helpful experience is appriciated.
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Old 10-27-2005, 10:45 AM
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i have the same problem with my seats i too was wondering how to deal with this problem i had WATER jsut water stained my seats. and the stain marks wont come tried multiple fabric cleaners but that made it worse any advice would be helpful.
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Old 10-27-2005, 10:51 AM
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I have the same problem with my seats (Grey cloth) and got tired of my 2 month old truck looking like it was years old inside.

I found the fix - Mustang Parts Specialties in Winder, GA has FACTORY black leather seat cover take offs on EBay for 80-90 per set. I picked mine up last week and they look perfect. I just have not had time to install them yet. They are for super crews.

For the money I thought that was much better than an aftermarket fabric cover and I get leather (or leatherette).
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Old 10-27-2005, 11:29 AM
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I have used OXI CLean on my tan seats with success. Mix it up, let it start to oxygenate first, then apply it to the seats. The "oxygenating" process gets into the fibers and brings the dirt to the surface, then blot the dirt away and vacuum it up. The only way to avoid an outline of the stain is to do the entire cushion.

I know, they suck. Gonna invest in some Wet O Koles when I can afford to.
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Old 10-27-2005, 11:48 AM
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Once they're clean have you guys considered applying scotch gaurd or something like that?

I've got a Sport Trac with seats that seem to stain easily. The material seems really durable, I've had it for nearly 6 years and 82K miles and its in good condition, but I do have spots where I apparently spilled something, wiped it up but still left a little water mark.
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Old 10-27-2005, 12:16 PM
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i had some gum on my back seat - i used some babywipes to get it off. i thought it might stain - but looks good. i also used the wipes to clean some dried coke spray off the head liner.
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Old 10-27-2005, 12:16 PM
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those leather seat can you post some pictures of them when you get them installed also do thos cover go for all cloth applications in the truck. also can i get them anywhere other than ebay.
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Old 10-27-2005, 01:53 PM
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I installed neoprene seat covers in my '05 XLT by WetOkole. The color "taupe" matches perfectly to the tan interior and now I don't have to worry about stains or the seats getting wet. The fit is perfect and took no time to install the covers.
I also covered the center console. I don't know what Ford was thinking when they covered the top of the center console with cloth. They should have used vinyl.
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Old 10-27-2005, 05:15 PM
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I used Tuff Stuff cleaner on my seats and the Water Spots came right out.
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Old 10-28-2005, 08:24 AM
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Tuff Stuff and then Scotch Guard, or you could try Blue Coral Dry Clean.
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Old 10-28-2005, 08:40 AM
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Thanks all. I also spoke to a Ford rep. and was told to try Motorcraft Professional Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner # ZC-54. I'm going to give your suggestion a try, as the Ford rep. had no direct experience with a customer using this to get the water stains out. The stain seems to evolve from below the fabric, maybe the foam used in these seats. I can't imagine this fabric which seems to be a nylon base would be the culprit.
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Old 10-28-2005, 07:31 PM
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I work at a a Ford Dealer ship and for really tough stains that are next to impossible to remove, take the seat covers off and wash them in your laundry washer do not dry them in the dryer. It is time consuming but they will come out of the washer looking new and then scotchguard them. (Do Not Dry In Dryer)
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