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      05-05-2021, 07:30 PM   #1
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How to Clean OLD Stains in Front Cup Holders?

Yes, I've seen older threads on this but it seems a lot of suggestions are shot down as not safe or suitable for the rubber material?



I have stains from like 2015/2016 when a coffee notoriously spilled out (thanks, Paris Baguette) that have just been sitting here. I cleaned the cupholders out with a wet towel at the time since I was on my way to work when this crap happened. But didn't do anything more.

I have used 70% rubbing alcohol as well as BMW's Vinyl Care cleaner since then but nothing can get this crap out. I know the stains and crap in the grooves look pretty set in. Someone suggested the WD-40 Specialist® Contact Cleaner or 90% isopropyl alcohol diluted with water.

Any suggestions or experience aside from tearing apart that entire gear shift console?

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Buy M coasters from AliExpress and cover them up 😁
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Get a small plastic spudger tool or a thin blade and try to pry the rubber up, then you'll have a much better shot at cleaning them with an old toothbrush or something. The rubber discs do come out and there are no clips or anything holding them in.

Even if you did have to take the centre console apart to get the cup holder trim out, it's not as bad as it first seems. Just a case of pulling up the iDrive controller trim, the gear selector trim, two torx screws and then the entire cup holder assembly lifts out. You can then turn it upside down and tap it and the rubber discs should easily come out as I discovered when I swapped my cup holders for the LCI version.

Worst case, once you've got the rubber mats out, just buy new ones - part number for legit BMW ones is 51169227894 and they look to be about $10 each but I'm sure you can get cheaper 3rd party ones too.
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I can't be doing with this cleaning malarky...just buy a new cup-holder...or car
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I use Griots Interior Cleaner and Griots Interior Detailer for even our kid mobile which seems to be perpetually caked in grime. Works every time.
Thank you, I will try this out.

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Get a small plastic spudger tool or a thin blade and try to pry the rubber up, then you'll have a much better shot at cleaning them with an old toothbrush or something. The rubber discs do come out and there are no clips or anything holding them in.

Even if you did have to take the centre console apart to get the cup holder trim out, it's not as bad as it first seems. Just a case of pulling up the iDrive controller trim, the gear selector trim, two torx screws and then the entire cup holder assembly lifts out. You can then turn it upside down and tap it and the rubber discs should easily come out as I discovered when I swapped my cup holders for the LCI version.

Worst case, once you've got the rubber mats out, just buy new ones - part number for legit BMW ones is 51169227894 and they look to be about $10 each but I'm sure you can get cheaper 3rd party ones too.
Thanks, do you know how hard it is to take out that rubber part? And do they just pop back in? It would make it easier to clean as opposed to huddling over in the driver seat.

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Yeah, covering up is ideal. Once I clean the damn cup holders I will buy something to cover 'em to prevent caking and stains like this again.
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You need an interior cleaner like Adam's and a brush. The brush is key to agitate the cleaner and get in all the grooves. And yes, remove the rubber pads at the bottom as mentioned above.

Example of brush: https://www.amazon.com/Chemical-Guys...330335&sr=8-20

I also bought these (similar, not exact ones, just an example) to replace the stock rubber inserts: https://www.ebay.com/itm/2-x-BMW-M-S...5929676?_ul=IN
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Thank you, I will try this out.



Thanks, do you know how hard it is to take out that rubber part? And do they just pop back in? It would make it easier to clean as opposed to huddling over in the driver seat.



Yeah, covering up is ideal. Once I clean the damn cup holders I will buy something to cover 'em to prevent caking and stains like this again.
The rubber comes out easily. Just get under the edge.
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The rubber comes out easily. Just get under the edge.
Is it literally just the rubber part or does the entire piece consists of that silver lining detail? I used a screwdriver earlier but was afraid I was gonna scrap something horribly.

I ended up using a toothbrush and all-purpose cleanser and it actually cleaned 95% of the grossness. The remaining 5% is just some hard-set browness in the grooves.
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#20 - Rubber insert, cup holder - BMW part # 51169227894
MSRP: $7.31, available for ~$6.50 online

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You've had the stains for 5 or 6 years... obviously Not a big problem
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You've had the stains for 5 or 6 years... obviously Not a big problem
It became a huge issue for me as soon as I learned they could pop out!

All cleaned. But, don't pry it out with anything too sharp as there is a hole in the holder beneath, so if you break the seal and spill in there, it'll go beneath to who knows where.

Life is never easy, but cleaning stuff makes it better. Time to gummi pflege, everyone!
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