How to Clean Golf Cart Seats

by Corey M. Mackenzie

Golf cart seats are usually made of vinyl, just as are many seats in automobiles. Vinyl is easy to clean but since golf carts are exposed to many weather conditions (and the golfer's perspiration), they get dirty quickly. Dirt shows up especially well on cream- or white-colored seats--which is the typical seat color for these vehicles. Some seats have protective slipcovers, but even these seats must be cleaned once in a while--with the slip covers being cleaned separately--as dirt (or even mildew) may build up on the seat.

Park the cart in the shade and let the seats cool down before cleaning. Fill a bucket with warm water. Add a tablespoon of liquid dish detergent to the water, unless you are going to use vinyl cleaner.

Brush loose dirt from the seats' seams with a toothbrush. Brush away loose dirt from the rest of the seats with a dry sponge.

Dampen a sponge in the bucket of water and scrub the seats. If you are using vinyl cleaner, apply it now (most comes in a spray bottle). Start with the backrest--this should be done to save time. As you clean the backrest, soiled water may drip down to the bottom part of the seat. If you'd already cleaned that part of the seat, you'd have to clean it all over again. Use a dampened toothbrush to wash out grime from seams.

Rinse the sponge and scrub the bottom part of the seat (the part you sit on). Again, if using vinyl cleaner, apply this instead of the soapy water and scrub the seats.

Dump out the dirty, soapy water and refill the bucket with clean rinse water. Use a clean sponge, dampened with this clean water, to rinse the seats. Seats should be rinsed well or they will feel sticky and may more easily attract dirt.

Wipe down metal handrails and metal seat support rods with a wet sponge. Dry the rails and seats with clean towels, making sure to dry the seams as well to prevent mildew.


  • check You can usually find good vinyl seat cleaners and conditioners at golf/sports supply shops or automotive shops. Since these are formulated specifically for vinyl, they may be better for the seats than dish soap--though that works if you are unable to get the vinyl cleaner. For badly soiled/stained seats, try using a soft fingernail brush and extra cleaner to scrub out the stain.


  • close Avoid letting seats air dry in direct sunlight--the vinyl may become brittle.

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