There are some things most people do not clean very well, even when they enter their car into a car show, but believe me it matters, and having been a judge of such events, I can tell you one easy disqualifier; dirty seatbelts. So, how do you clean the seat belts on your classic car you ask? Well, let me give you the secrets to the trade.

When you take your car in to get an auto detail, you’ll be amazed at the attention they spend on cleaning and treating the interior. In fact, it is liable to look better than new. And really for the price of an auto detail these days, well, it ought to, right? Sure, and still, having been in the business for decades, one thing I’ve noticed is that so often auto-detailers skip things, items that you and I would notice in our own cars. One of those things is the seat belts.

Yes, that’s right the seatbelts and there is a right way and a wrong way to clean them too. Seatbelts get stains on them, you know a little blood here, and a little spilt frappuccino there, it happens. Below are tips for you:

1. First note that it is easy to stain seat belts if you use the wrong types of cleaner. It’s also easy to use a cleaner that will leave residue and leave welt marks on your bare skin in the future when the safety belts are hot from the sun or moist from humidity. So, use mild cleaners not alkali type cleaners.

2. To clean the seatbelts properly you’ll have to extend them out all the way, completely unrolled. And then hook them to something so they do not roll back or get them to click so they stay extended. bilrens 

3. Next, remove the cover, generally these pop up, separate into two, or hinge at the base. Don’t force them, as when or if they are brittle they can break.

4. When wiping, always pull away from the catch, not towards it. Never use a lot of cleaner, and always apply the cleaner to the rag, micro-cloth, or brush, not the actual safety harness.

5. Like mattresses, it happens to be illegal to remove the tags. No, there are no mattress police or seatbelt police, but this is an FYI. You also do not want to discolor the label or smear the information on that label, someone may need it someday to remove and replace it.

6. When cleaning the buckle, I recommend using chrome polish, but make sure you get it all off, as it can gum up the receiver if you don’t, or cause it not to click into place quickly and effortlessly as it should.

You will be totally surprised how much grunge comes off of your safety belts; this is due to years of sweat, dust, stains, and moisture build-up. It really makes a big difference. So, please consider all this