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Old 12-11-2016, 06:46 PM
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OK, I will give this a try and let everyone know if this is a successful way to clean these unsightly seat belt stains. Here are some initial set of pictures with stains on belts and the handheld steam cleaner from Target at less than $40.00.






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Old 12-12-2016, 11:09 AM
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Let me know how you do

Btw use a cheap towel as you will probably melt the fibers from the heat of the steamer and you won't want to use it on your paint even after its washed - this is where the Costco cheap towels come in handy
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Old 12-12-2016, 11:52 AM
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Let me know how you do

Btw use a cheap towel as you will probably melt the fibers from the heat of the steamer and you won't want to use it on your paint even after its washed - this is where the Costco cheap towels come in handy
Thanks brother! Will do.
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Get a cap full of liquid washing machine detergent pour into bucket of warm water, couple of towels for the bucket to sit on , fully retract belt clamp it so it doesn’t retract back, and let the seat belt sit in the solution, the grime you will see in the bucket it unreal.
Can use a gentle brush if stains persist…and maybe to repeat a couple of times, for me worked wonders when my seat belt go stuck in fully ‘open’ position due to what was invisible gunk on a black seatbelt….(ps detergent I used was a combo detergent plus fabric conditioner)
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Old 12-13-2016, 11:06 AM
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Get a cap full of liquid washing machine detergent pour into bucket of warm water, couple of towels for the bucket to sit on , fully retract belt clamp it so it doesn’t retract back, and let the seat belt sit in the solution, the grime you will see in the bucket it unreal.
Can use a gentle brush if stains persist…and maybe to repeat a couple of times, for me worked wonders when my seat belt go stuck in fully ‘open’ position due to what was invisible gunk on a black seatbelt….(ps detergent I used was a combo detergent plus fabric conditioner)
Thank you omodos. I am still working on a solution. Members over on my E46 thread suggested the same thing with letting them soak in a bucket. I will figure this out for sure. Thank you!
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Howdy all, I'm going to need to do some seat repairs and needing some advice on what products to do so.

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Old 02-15-2017, 12:41 AM
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I finally got around to tackling the dirty seat belts. Bucket of water with Oxyclean and a soft brush. 2 hours and all 5 belts look brand new again.

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Bumping this old thread...I tried Overboost's OxyClean soak and it was an astounding success.

In my case I removed the entire seatbelt from the driver's side and did two multi-hour soak and rinse cycles....and rinsed with a pressure washer at a safe distance. Took a fair amount with the pressure washer to rinse completely.

Post rinse, I folded the belt accordian style with about 12 inch lengths, and laid it on the side on top of a floor vent. it was bone dry overnight. set up some short lengths of 2x4 to keep the 'accordian' from expanding off the floor vent.

One of the biggest culprits in my case was the nastiness inside the B-Pillar. There's a brass colored bar/guide in there for the belt that was CAKED with lint and grease and I believe was the other 25% of the problem with my seatbelt not retracting. the last 18 inches took about 10 seconds to retract. I hit that and the other contact points with some tarminator.

After the Oxyclean and b-pillar cleanup and a VERY light misting of silicone spray on the webbing and b-pillar guides, I can't let go of the seatbelt when I am getting out of my seat now! It goes back so hard now I am afraid it'll break a window! Mind you, I had a new seatbelt on order before trying this. But this is as good as I have ever seen one work in 9 years of multiple e53s ownership!

Thanks Overboost!!

...now on to the rear center seatbelt replacement
...and then the blower motor.
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Old 12-07-2018, 12:01 PM
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Tan belts are a pain to keep clean over the years. I Oxyclean mine every couple of years and find myself grabbing to plastic stop strip whenevr I reach for the belts so I don't actually put my grubby hands on the webbing...
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