Leather seat 101
Leather seats can be a lovely touch to any vehicle. It can afford luxury and comfort, but like any beautiful car accessory, it needs to be well-maintained. Unlike cotton seat covers, leather seats are difficult to maintain.
Wear and tear, and the weather affects the beauty of leather seats. It may crack and sometimes, too much dirt can stain it as well. It is crucial that every car owner is informed on how to care for it to take good care of his investment, and at the same time, to keep the interiors of his car neat and great-looking.
Auto blog Autogeek.net has come up with a guide on taking care of car leather seats, and how to prevent its premature damage. In their advice, they mentioned that careful cleaning of the material and avoiding direct sunlight can significantly help in maintaining the leather seats’ good condition.
“Leather surfaces are just like beautiful, delicate skin. Leather must be carefully cleaned before it can be properly conditioned. As leather ages, it loses essential protectants infused into the leather during the manufacturing process. That leaves the leather susceptible to dirt, oils, and UV damage. To keep leather looking and feeling its best, you must first clean it and then replace the lost moisture and protection.”
Check out the care guide they published here.
Keeping it new
Popular Mechanics also shared how leather seats can be kept looking new. In their guide, they emphasized that regular maintenance is vital in ensuring that leather seats remain comfortable and looking fresh.
“There are plenty of one-step cleaner and conditioners on the market, in lotion, spray, or wipe form. They all work roughly the same way: A gentle oil helps remove dirt and keeps the leather supple. If you’re more obsessive, you can buy dedicated products for each step and use a leather conditioner more frequently than a cleaner. Avoid vinyl cleaners as well as those with petroleum-based solvents or silicone they’ll leave your leather looking too shiny.”
Check out the continuation in the original post here.
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DIY Network for its part came up with a feature write-up on how to appropriately clean leather seats. In their write-up, they mentioned as well DIY Cleaners that car owners can use in cleaning up their leather seats.
“Another DIY idea to clean leather: Mix 1/2 cup olive oil with 1/4 cup of vinegar in a spray bottle. Spritz on the seat, let sit for five minutes and wipe. The best way to clean leather car seats is to prevent stains. Wipe up spills as soon as they hit the seat. Even if you’re fast with the cleanup, stains will happen. Grab one of these items and get cleaning.”
The rest of the DIY Cleanser ideas can be found here.
Regular maintenance and on the spot cleaning of possible stains is indeed the best way to keep the leather seats comfortable and looking new.