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Volkswagen Tiguan Owners Manual:  Introduction to the subject

In this chapter you will find information on the following subjects:

⇒ Caring for upholstery 

⇒ Cleaning upholstery, fabric trim and Alcantara® 

⇒ Care and cleaning of leather upholstery 

⇒ Cleaning leatherette 

⇒ Cleaning storage compartments and cup holders 

⇒ Care and cleaning of plastic components, wood trim and instrument panel 

⇒ Cleaning the safety belts 

Modern clothing fabrics such as dark denim may not be completely colorfast. Even with normal use, dye from these and other fabrics can rub off on seat upholstery and leave visible discolorations (especially on light-colored seat upholstery). This is caused by a lack of colorfastness in the clothing fabric, not by any fault in the seat upholstery fabric. To help prevent damage to the seat upholstery, always make sure your clothing is colorfast. Volkswagen recommends having a qualified specialist remove any discolorations from the seat upholstery.

The longer stains, dirt and other deposits remain on the surfaces of vehicle components and upholstery, the more difficult it may be to clean them. If stains, dirt and deposits are left untreated for a long period of time, they may become impossible to remove.

More information:

  • Exterior care and cleaning ⇒ Exterior care and cleaning 
  • Parts, accessories, repairs and modifications ⇒ Parts, accessories, repairs and modifications 


Vehicle care products can be dangerous. Improper use can cause accidents, burns, poisoning, or other serious personal injuries.
  • Always store vehicle care products only in original containers that are securely closed.
  • Always read and heed all the instructions and all WARNINGS on the package.
  • To reduce the risk of poisoning, never use empty food or beverage containers that might mislead someone into drinking from them.
  • Always keep vehicle care products out of the reach of children.
  • Always use such products outdoors or in well-ventilated areas, because harmful vapors may be released when these products are used.
  • Never use fuel, turpentine, engine oil, nail polish remover or other volatile fluids for vehicle care. They are poisonous and highly flammable.


Improper care and cleaning of vehicle components can compromise the vehicle's safety features and cause severe injuries.
  • Always clean and maintain vehicle components according to manufacturer's instructions.
  • Only use approved or recommended cleaners.


  • Vehicle care products containing solvents can cause irreparable damage to damage plastics and other vehicle the materials.
  • Stains, dirt and other deposits that contain aggressive substances or solvents can corrode vehicle materials and cause permanent damage, even after brief contact with the surface.
  • Remove stains, dirt, and other deposits as quickly as possible and do not allow them to dry.
  • To help prevent damage, have stubborn stains removed by a professional who has the necessary expertise and experience.

Suitable care products are available from authorized Volkswagen dealers and authorized Volkswagen Service Facilities.

    Interior care and cleaning

    Caring for upholstery
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