How to Put Lemon Pledge on a Car

by Carrie Burns
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While marketed primarily for protecting wood and fine furniture, a can of Lemon Pledge can also help to spruce up your car. Pledge is safe for use on vinyl, leather and wood paneling, meaning you can probably use it on almost the entire interior of your car. It can also be used on stainless steel and chrome inside and out. Lemon Pledge has long been a secret trick of car dealerships, allowing them to get a clean, shiny finish that you can now get a home, too.

Step 1

Shake the can of Pledge well before using. Look around the car and plan where you're going to apply Pledge. It is safe to use on surfaces of vinyl, leather, stainless steel and wood. Seats, steering wheels, dashboards, shifters, and door panels are common interior applications. You can use it on the exterior for anything chrome or stainless, as well as to clean and polish the outside walls of your tires.

Step 2

Spray the product onto the surface from eight inches away. Always hold the can upright while spraying. Start with less product than you think you'll need. You can always add more as you go.

Step 3

Buff off the excess Pledge immediately using your chamois. If the now clean and shiny surface feels too slippery, continue buffing.

Spray Pledge onto a chamois to get into smaller spaces without using too much product. This method works well for cleaning brake dust out of the spaces in your car's rims, as well as for inside cup holders and other hard-to-reach areas.


  • For greater control of your application, try spraying Pledge directly onto a corner of the chamois and buffing on the Pledge.
  • Use Pledge on your car's leather or vinyl upholstery sparingly so you don't slide around the seats while driving.


  • Be careful not to get Pledge on cloth seats.
  • Always use chemicals in well-ventilated areas.
  • Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for use.

Items you will need

  • Can of Lemon Pledge
  • Chamois

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