How do I clean my seat covers?

Our seat cover cleaning guide offers washing and drying advice not just for our products but, any competing brands as well.

Atomic, Ballistic & Camo fabricsPolyester 600 denier with Polyurethane waterproof coatings

Machine wash with an HE liquid detergent in warm water on gentle cycle. Hang dry or low temperature tumble dry.

Polyester is a man-made textile which is really easy to clean and care for.
Whether you call it a basket or oxford weave, it is still one of the most popular fabric constructions in the world. It may be basic but, it is both durable and pliable; just the type of fabric you want for custom seat covers. Polyester is very resistant to stains and fading but, bits of dirt do get caught in the corners of the woven fabric and that's what really needs cleaning.

Original Equipment, OE Sport & Cool Sport fabricsPolyester with laminated polyurethane (PU) foam and scrim backing

Machine wash with an HE liquid detergent in warm water and on gentle cycle. The textile manufacturers recommend hang drying or fluff drying.

Note: Do not tumble dry on any warm temperature settings because the higher temperatures will reduce the moisture of the open cell foam walls, causing them to collapse and turn to foam dust over time. This is true for any foam backed set of covers.

Our OE Series of fabrics are made of a polyester knit construction. The fabric is designed to resist staining but, if you want to add additional protection then treat your seat covers with Scotchgard before installing them. This is the same type of treatment your factory seats receive before picking up your new vehicle from the dealership.

Neoprene fabricsPolychloroprene with laminated PU foam, polyester scrim backing and a nylon top surface

Fill bath tub with warm temperature water, add a cap of wet suit cleaner or clear liquid dish or laundry detergent and let soak for about 30 minutes. Then gently rub any area that is stained, just to loosen residue caught in the knitted nylon fabric and let it soak for another 15-20 minutes. Hang dry in a shady area.

The nylon top surface will resist staining with most spills and neoprene seat covers guarantee that liquids won’t get through to your original cloth. All liquids can be easily wiped up with a cloth. If condiments like ketchup or mustard drops onto the surface of the fabric simply dab it with a damp cloth and lift it off the surface. The cleaner we recommend is an HE liquid detergent because it produces a low amount of suds. The HE liquid detergent will do a good job of breaking down any residue from the stain.

Vinyl fabricsPVC - Polyvinyl Chloride

Vinyl is so easy to keep clean because a warm damp cloth will clean up almost anything off the top surface.

The reason why GM, Ford and Dodge continue to equip their vehicles with vinyl seat covers is because it's a versatile and low maintenance fabric. The Ram 1500 ST or Tradesman is outfitted with heavy duty vinyl 40/20/40 split bench. Vinyl seating is a standard feature for many base model trucks.

This may come as a surprise to some but, the vinyl / leather ratio of most factory leather interiors is about 3:2 or 60% vinyl and 40% leather. This includes vehicles like the Ford F-150 Lariat and Chevy Silverado LTZ. The corrected grain of the leather and vinyl is perfectly matched, making it very difficult to distinguish between the two fabrics. Automotive vinyl is very durable and resistant to grease and oil, making it a leader in seating protection.

Outlaw Saddle Blanket fabricsPolypropylene - Woven

Hand wash or gentle cycle machine wash, HE liquid detergent in cold or mild temperature water. Hang dry, do not machine dry.

Outlaw custom seat covers are engineered to play tough. This modern day saddle blanket fabric was first developed back in 1984 in North Carolina. It was inspired scatter rugs that you would have found in kitchens across America back in the early 1970s. This is a real rugged 2,600 denier polypropylene textile which has two acrylic coatings to bind the heavy woven fabric together and last for a very long time.


If you still have any question about cleaning any fabrics please feel free to use our contact form or give us a call at 1-888-821-1066.