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Black fingerprints on headliner-How to clean it off?

sunnysailor

Member
Oct 6, 2012
21
0
Chicago
My car had a flat tire last night and I had it towed to Tesla after it was stored by the tow company overnight. I now have a black greasy set of prints near the roof lights on the tan headliner in the front seat. I assume it was from the tow guy. Does any one have any ideas on how to remove greasy fingerprints?
 

olanmills

Member
Jun 20, 2012
345
11
Be careful with chemicals liek that as it could dissolve the adhesive that bonds the liner to the ceiling.
 

pxy

Member
Nov 10, 2011
32
0
Good suggestion to not over wet or use harsh solvents to prevent sagging.
For Alcantara:
First try to blot clean with water and a clean rag. Also recommended is mild washing detergent, or ethyl alcohol for stains that will not clear with the other 2 methods.

For fabric:
An upholstery cleaner should work well. The fabric has a courser texture and it's more important to blot to not set the stain deeper.
 

tomp

Member
Dec 3, 2013
425
33
Durham, NC
Naive question - what exactly is an upholstery cleaner? The same as a fabric cleaner? Such as Resolve? I have a smudge on my fabric (standard) headliner.
Thanks!!
For fabric:
An upholstery cleaner should work well. The fabric has a courser texture and it's more important to blot to not set the stain deeper.
 

Luder94

Member
May 27, 2013
179
6
Algonquin
I did the same thing to mine.....black grease and dirt from muck from a tire.

I used a Tide stick and a wet cloth to wash and dab out the grease (without smearing it).
 

scaesare

Well-Known Member
Mar 14, 2013
8,280
13,364
NoVA
I have the tan fabric (not Alcanterra) headliner that got a slight grease smudge on it. The service center recommend "Spray 9", which i found at my local auto parts store.

Worked like a charm.
 

TheTeslaStudio

Vendor - Florida & Global
First things first...Take a microfiber towel or a terry towel slightly damped with hot or warm water and try to remove the smudges (DO NOT scrub hard, it can cause premature failure of your headliner later on). If the warm water doesn't do the trick, then spray a little bit of fabric cleaner on the already damped towel and try again. Don't forget to go over the spot with a clean towel to remove excess moisture.

Hope this helps
 

roblab

Active Member
Jul 15, 2008
3,397
2,448
Angwin (Napa Valley) CA
I got back from the body shop a few days ago, and I noticed a black fingerprint sized smudge right above my eyes near the visor. I have the suede-like beige cloth alcantara headliner.

I tried a very tiny bit of soap in water on a sponge. Still there, but lighter.

Then I tried some rubbing alcohol, which is 70% water, on the sponge.

Disappeared like magic.

Headliner looks new again. Since no one has mentioned simple rubbing alcohol (not ethyl, methyl, etc, but plain old isopropyl rubbing alcohol in your medicine cabinet) makes it an easy thing to try.
 

AmpedRealtor

Well-Known Member
Jun 30, 2013
6,373
3,361
Phoenix, AZ
I mix some oxygen bleach powder in a cup of hot water, dip a microfiber cloth into that, and dab lightly. After it dries, if I still see hints of a stain then I go over the same area lightly with a dry microfiber cloth which does a good job of lifting the remaining stain.
 

Tommy

Member
Mar 3, 2010
882
3
The great OC
From reading the above posts, it looks like there are several methods that have given good results. For me, I used Tide's Stain Eraser Amazon.com: Tide To Go Stain Eraser 16 Count: Health Personal Care to remove some finger print smudges on the A pillar fabric left by the window tint installer. I used the first pad to get the initial smudge off, followed up with a second pad which completely eliminated the finger print smudge. The product also comes in a "pen" format which I haven't tried.
 

mec92

New Member
Jul 26, 2016
1
0
Mount Pleasant, SC
I got back from the body shop a few days ago, and I noticed a black fingerprint sized smudge right above my eyes near the visor. I have the suede-like beige cloth alcantara headliner.

I tried a very tiny bit of soap in water on a sponge. Still there, but lighter.

Then I tried some rubbing alcohol, which is 70% water, on the sponge.

Disappeared like magic.

Headliner looks new again. Since no one has mentioned simple rubbing alcohol (not ethyl, methyl, etc, but plain old isopropyl rubbing alcohol in your medicine cabinet) makes it an easy thing to try.

AGREED! I had black smudgy grease on my light cream Alcantara headliner as a result of some sunroof work and (as a result of roblab's post here) used Isopropyl alcohol with a dry white washcloth and it came right off. I applied a mild amount of scrubbing pressure in a limited area (so as to not rub it in or spread it out) and it completely came off. Thanks for the tip!! "Before" picture attached - yuck!
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