How to Get Rid of the Cola Stains on a Car's Upholstery

by Jenny Carver

    Most cars and trucks have cup holders to keep your drink safe and to avoid spills on the upholstery. Still, accidents happen. Cola, especially dark or red-colored cola, leave noticeable stains on most car upholstery. Cola is also sticky, even when dry, and leaves sticky areas for dirt and dust to cling to on your seats. Leather and vinyl seats are easy to wipe down, but cloth upholstery takes special steps to clean thoroughly.

    Items you will need

    • White cloths
    • Dishwashing liquid
    • Water
    • Measuring cup
    • Rubbing alcohol
    Step 1

    Mix 2 cups of cool water with 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid. Stir the solution so the dishwashing liquid doesn’t remain concentrated in one area of the container.

    Step 2

    Use a clean white cloth to apply the solution to the stain. Wipe the stain with the solution and cloth until it is removed. Only wet the upholstery enough to remove the stain, not soak it.

    Step 3

    Get plain, cool water and a new white cloth to blot the stain to remove the cleaning solution. Use another clean white cloth to dry the area. If the stain remains, proceed to Step 4.

    Step 4

    Use rubbing alcohol on a clean white cloth to blot the stain again. This will remove the more stubborn cola stains.

    Step 5

    Wet a clean white cloth with cool water to clean the alcohol from the upholstery. Dry the area with a clean cloth.


    • Only use clean white cloths. Colored cloths may bleed onto the upholstery when wet, causing more stains.