What is the best way to clean the A Pillar Cloth Trim?

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Sooooooooooo...

After getting the windows tinted...I noticed a grubby little fingerprint on the A pillar cloth...and a mark on the cloth above the door that is adjacent.

Anyone know the best way to clean that off?

Mike
 

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Sooooooooooo...

After getting the windows tinted...I noticed a grubby little fingerprint on the A pillar cloth...and a mark on the cloth above the door that is adjacent.

Anyone know the best way to clean that off?

Mike
In the past, I have used a white cotton cloth and rubbing alcohol (99%).

Dampen (not soak) a spot on the white cotton cloth with the 99% alcohol.

Then, blot (do NOT rub) the stained area with the dampened area of the white cotton cloth......then get a dry section of the white cotton cloth onto the dampened stain area and blot (do NOT rub).

It's tedious, but in my experience this has been successful as long as you do not get impatient and start to rub the area .
 

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I had good success using a lint roller. Keep on rolling it gently over contaminated area and it maybe able to lift most of the dirt off the cloth.

Keep on changing the roller papers so you do not reapply dirt on the surface

My pillar had stains from electrical tape blue... looked pretty bad, but it cleaned up quite nicely.
 
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I used to regularly rap my forehead on the S’ A-pillar getting in/out. I had some left over “natural” BMW interior cleaner that seemed to work well to gently remove any grime.

Luckily I don’t have this problem in the M3.
 

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I had water stains too maybe from the factory, used 'Tuff Stuff' and it cleaned it up. I read on a thread that the service center uses the same product to clean stains.
Hey @ronmis
What kind of cloth did you use with the tuff stuff so the texture of the headliner didnt get compromised?
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now, it didn't seem to work for the guy with the toyota corolla that looks like he murdered someone on the light colored seats, but overall, most reviews are glowing.
 

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Well that was a BUST!! :(:mad:

This was before.....
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That was the result of a stain when they had to repair the rear window tint (my fault they had to remove tint)

So I got the Stain Removing version....
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Applied as directed and watched some YouTube videos as well...

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The stain didn't come out. Probably due to my bad attempt to clean before.

Now that it has mostly dried, it is even WORSE!!!

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Oh well. They have my new headliner at the Service Center. Just need to take it in and get it done :(
 

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Well that was a BUST!! :(:mad:

This was before.....
View attachment 21514

That was the result of a stain when they had to repair the rear window tint (my fault they had to remove tint)

So I got the Stain Removing version....
View attachment 21515

Applied as directed and watched some YouTube videos as well...

View attachment 21516 View attachment 21517

The stain didn't come out. Probably due to my bad attempt to clean before.

Now that it has mostly dried, it is even WORSE!!!

View attachment 21520

Oh well. They have my new headliner at the Service Center. Just need to take it in and get it done :(
I had a Lincoln that had a white velour ceiling and I learned that only a white cotton cloth, dampened with (99%) alcohol and "blotted" (not rubbed) was the only way I could keep the headliner and sun visors clean without any residue rings (as seen in your photos).
 

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Well that was a BUST!! :(:mad:

This was before.....
View attachment 21514

That was the result of a stain when they had to repair the rear window tint (my fault they had to remove tint)

So I got the Stain Removing version....
View attachment 21515

Applied as directed and watched some YouTube videos as well...

View attachment 21516 View attachment 21517

The stain didn't come out. Probably due to my bad attempt to clean before.

Now that it has mostly dried, it is even WORSE!!!

View attachment 21520

Oh well. They have my new headliner at the Service Center. Just need to take it in and get it done :(
Sorry I didn't see your post. When we bought our VW CC back in 2011 the inspection station got grease on the Pillar near the sticker on the 2nd day. Grrrr.

My wife said, here use this stuff. Poof it was gone !!

Same thing happened to my model 3. Got grease on the pillar. Different station. Very similar material.

Oh honey, where is that spot remover. Poof is was gone !!

It's basically very light chalk. The grease sticks to the chalk and you brush it away. Fantastic stuff for certain things.

Don't use anything wet, period.

For some reason site keeps messing with my link and shows nothing.

It's called a Janie

www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001V9IVE6/
 

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Sorry I didn't see your post. When we bought our VW CC back in 2011 the inspection station got grease on the Pillar near the sticker on the 2nd day. Grrrr.

My wife said, here use this stuff. Poof it was gone !!

Same thing happened to my model 3. Got grease on the pillar. Different station. Very similar material.

Oh honey, where is that spot remover. Poof is was gone !!

It's basically very light chalk. The grease sticks to the chalk and you brush it away. Fantastic stuff for certain things.

Don't use anything wet, period.

For some reason site keeps messing with my link and shows nothing.

It's called a Janie

www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001V9IVE6/
Great Idea.

Funny! My wife worked at a dry cleaners for several years when we kids. She had a dry Dry-Clean pen and is going to try it now. Cant hurt at this point!