Remember that stupid TikTok hack that had car owners cleaning seats with shaving foam? Well, people are apparently still doing it.
An Australian woman recent made headlines for ruining her car interior by brushing shaving foam into the upholstery.
“I thought I’d give my car a wash because it was muddy in the exterior, and I thought I’d vacuum the inside. I saw markings on the seats, which were minimal anyway, but I remembered the shaving foam hack I saw on a Facebook group,” she told Newsweek.
“I began covering my car seats with shaving foam,” she said. “After around 30 minutes, it was time to wipe down and see the clean result. But I started panicking when I saw that it had just made my car seats look horrible.”
The foam stayed stuck to the porous fabric and left bigger stains than before, she explained. In an attempt to save the interior, she washed down the seats with warm water and let the car’s heater blow for 45 minutes.
She eventually cleaned up the mess, but it wasn’t worth the effort. “I wasted hours and hours trying to find a fix,” she said.
Of course, any automotive professional could have told her that. Too bad she had to learn the lesson the hard way.
“Resist the urge to use hacks. Cars consist of a variety of materials. Use products designed for the surface you’re working on, and always read and follow the instructions carefully for the best results,” she now says.