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What's the best way to clean this felt cloth material? I don't want to screw it up. It's got over 20,000 miles of road dust built up. I know how to clean everything except this...

Mine is light creme color, matching the oyster leather combo. I'm afraid if I clean it wrong the dirt will just embed itself deeper into the felt.

Any advice is appreciated!
 

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remove it - beat the hell out of it and install sound deadening mat underneath it and re-install :D

Ok - maybe not beat it but you can vacuum it just fine from my experience. If it is really dirty I would try one of those deep carpet cleaners but go very easy on the spray.
 

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remove it - beat the hell out of it and install sound deadening mat underneath it and re-install :D

Ok - maybe not beat it but you can vacuum it just fine from my experience. If it is really dirty I would try one of those deep carpet cleaners but go very easy on the spray.
Worst advice ever! lol. The problem with cleaning a headliner is that you have to use as little liquid possible. The best way is to spot clean with a cloth and a cleaner.
 

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My headliner is coming off. Almost half of it. Car is 15 months old, never parked in the sun or rain except when I am using it and that's about twice a month for 2 hours. Mileage less than 6000 miles. Its black so don't know if it is dirty or not but probably not that dirty. Will ask lotus to repair it since it is still under warranty.
But don't your headliners peel off in US ? Must be the heat here in Malaysia.
I don't think it is that expensive to change the headliner so I would say just change it. It's some kind of cheap cloth material.
 

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My headliner is coming off. Almost half of it. Car is 15 months old, never parked in the sun or rain except when I am using it and that's about twice a month for 2 hours. Mileage less than 6000 miles. Its black so don't know if it is dirty or not but probably not that dirty. Will ask lotus to repair it since it is still under warranty.
But don't your headliners peel off in US ? Must be the heat here in Malaysia.
I don't think it is that expensive to change the headliner so I would say just change it. It's some kind of cheap cloth material.
Wait. your headliner is black?. I didn't know you could get a black headliner. IMHO I love the look of a black headliner. I think the tan headliner cheapens the interior of the car
 

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If you haven't already done it, the first thing I would do is run a tape roller over it -- the same kind of tape roller that one would use to pick up lint from clothes. That should capture the loose stuff.
 

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Wait. your headliner is black?. I didn't know you could get a black headliner. IMHO I love the look of a black headliner. I think the tan headliner cheapens the interior of the car
Black headliner was introduced on MY12, so "Ozone" as it's 15 months old, someone other than the factory did this, that's why it probably came off as it's near impossible to "peel off". I'd be interested to know who would be covering the warranty costs - it won't be Lotus.
 

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Sorry it may be dark grey to match the Alcantra for my seats. Need to check. I bought my car new from Lotus Malaysia so claiming warranty should not be a problem. If not I will be very mad at Lotus. I was speaking to a friend last weekend and he had the same problem but Lotus repaired for him eventhgounhis warranty is just over. Will know next week as I intend to send it in for service A next week. Am waiting for my RLS intercooler tubes and heat shield to arrive before I send in so Lotus can install for me at the same time.

PS I am hoping that all problems will surface over the next 6 months as my warranty ends Dec nothing else seems to have gone wrong.
 

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I just tried the tape idea and it gets about 80% of the dirt off. If I do it too much the headliner will start fuzzing up as the fibers get unfelted...

Looks better but it's still darker than other areas.
 

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If you haven't already done it, the first thing I would do is run a tape roller over it -- the same kind of tape roller that one would use to pick up lint from clothes. That should capture the loose stuff.
:clap: lint roller/Tape best option.
 
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