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Looks great lot of work though, I detailed cars in school the problem is doing this way it takes so many repetitions because the dirt your not able to remove is basically being spread out (less noticeable). Next time, try renting a shampoo machine 10$ a day from dollar general (rug doctor) with upholstery attachment you will be amazed! Also if you really want it to look new remove seat cover (easy on bench)and wash in machine then air dry.

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Renting the rug doctor machines around here is about $25-30/day. The can of stuff I had was basically free (had it laying around). Yeah when I was blotting the dirtyness up I realized it really was just dispersing the dirt :)

 

My earlier plan was to remove the seat covers but I cannot get one of the headrests off, so I got lazy LOL. I'd like to fix those two holes in the seat bottom and maybe replace the cushion on the bottom so if I do have it apart I will probably just put it in the laundry with some OxyClean, I hear that works wonders.

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Good Job!

Looks pretty good

 

Found spending the weekend taking the seat(s) completely apart....scrubbing the snot out of them and then putting them through two cycles the washing machine and then letting them air dry ( in the sun hopefully ) is the best.

 

Have done it for MJ and a complete XJ. 

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If my Jeep had an intact bench seat when I got it, I probably would have kept it.  But it was barely held together with tape and wire.  Got 2 buckets at the JY (2 door XJ seats) so I couldn't pass them up...but they were filthy.

 

I used Oxy Clean and a brush and sprayed them down with the hose, soaked them twice, left them out to dry in 100 degree "dry" heat.  When I got back to them 2 days later this is what I found.

 

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How difficult is it to remove the cover from the bench seat?

Actually, what I'm more concerned about is putting it back on after washing...

Are there special hooks/tools needed?

If you have removed seat covers before, it's not to difficult but it is time consuming. You will need hog ring pliers and hog rings for re-installation. You also need side cutters, pliers ( needle-nose) super thin plastic sheeting and patience. 

I removed my seat cover in about two hours. After removing the seat from the truck. Take your time, cut off the hog rings. Slowly pull the cover off and taking the time to find the .hidden hog rings and working around the stiffening rods.  

Remove any stiffening rods. Throw the seat cover in the washing machine a few times on the gentle cycle. I used some spot remover spray on the real heavily soiled areas. Ran the seats through the was 2x and they looked great.

Re-installation, you reverse your process. One trick is to apply a super thing layer of plastic over the seat cushion to make the seat cover slip easier back onto the cushion. You will do a lot of pulling and togging to get the cover back into position. Make sure the stiffening rods go back into place, install the seat cover and hog rings were applicable.

Of course this was a short explanation, but the process is not real hard, but you need to know to look for the retainers ( hog rings) so you don't tear the seat.

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The bags cleaners put over clothes work well as the thin plastic between the seat cushions and the seat covers when puttim

Ng the covers back on. I "pre-treated" a set of XJ seat covers then threw them in the washer for one cycle and they came out great. (Anyone around Birmingham need a set of tan XJ 4dr buckets with XJ brackets at a very reasonable cost?)

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The bags cleaners put over clothes work well as the thin plastic between the seat cushions and the seat covers when putting the covers back on.

 

Wish I had know that when I put the new bottom bucket in. Was like trying to squeeze 10 lbs of s#^! into a 5 lb bag. The pic below shows the old part and the new. Both are the same p/n............

 

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The hardest part for me was finding the hog rings and hog ring pliers.  Probably went to every hardware, hobby, fabric and auto parts store in the area.  Harbor Freight has them

 

The bench seat reassembly effort is nothing like the bucket seat, cover goes on much easier.  

 

My drivers side seat cushion was not supportive, the foam was surprisingly ok, one of the springs was busted, slid some cardboard between the springs and the foam and it was like new, still is 2 years later.

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