Leather Interior Protection
It’s one thing to have a beautiful leather interior. It’s another thing to keep it beautiful. Check out some of these handy tips to help you maintain your leather interiors to keep them in pristine condition
Use a Sunshade
This is a go-to low-cost option for when you park in the open. Sun shades are simple to use and the ever increasingly smaller shades are easier to store out of the way. Placing them in your windshield takes a few seconds but can cool the inner temperatures in your car and reduce the amount of direct sunlight on your leather seats. Plus, your car won’t be unbearably hot when you get back in it.
Park in the shade when you can
Even better than a sunshade, simply parking in the shade works wonders. Now, obviously parking in the shade is not always an option so keeping a sun shade on hand helps, too, but parking in the shade prevents extra wear and tear related to direct sunlight on your vehicle,
Crack open a window
Your car works like an oven when it’s completely sealed, heat builds up due to lack of air circulation, and pretty much bakes and cracks your leather seats like a pan of chocolate chip cookies. Cracking a window or two—or all of them—increases air circulation and reduces the temperature of your vehicle’s interior. If possible, park in the shade, use a sunshade, and crack a window to allow your leather seats to breathe.
Clean Your Leather Seats Regularly
Cleaning is essential to maintaining everything, especially leather seats. Here are the steps to take while cleaning your leather seats.
- Vacuum all of the loose dirt and dust in your car, especially on the seats. Make sure to use a vacuum attachment with soft bristles to avoid scratching your seats.
- Wipe down the leather seats with a damp washcloth or wipe. This will remove the rest of the dirt and dust that the vacuum failed to pick up. This is a very important step as leather treatments will be less effective and can even damage the leather if the debris scratches or corrodes the material. In addition, make sure to wipe the seat dry after removing the remaining dirt and dust. Water dilutes liquids, which will make the leather conditions less effective.
- Apply a leather upholstery to deeply clean the seats. This is comparable to the soap you use to wash your vehicles, except leather upholstery applies to its own material and is gentle on the leather, whereas soap may damage it. Spray the leather upholstery on the seats and wash it down with a bristled brush, reaching into any hard to reach problem areas to clean the seat from every angle. After this step, wipe the leather dry.
- Apply a leather conditioner to the dry material. If leather upholstery is your soap, leather conditioner is the wax, apply it generously but evenly. Conditioner protects your leather, shielding it from cracking and UV rays, all while keeping the material moist. Allow your seats four to six hours for absorption and wipe the seats dry after.
Experts recommend cleaning dark-colored leather interior three to four times per year, while light-colored may need to be cleaned up to once a month.
Install Seat Covers
Seat covers protect any material well and can give car-owners the chance to add some personal flair to their interior, such as your favorite sports team. The obvious downside is that you cannot show off your leather seats. Also, you must still clean your leather seats in the same manner listed above for the best preservation as seat covers do not shield the material from heat.
Tint your windows
Check local ordinances beforehand, or ask the experts at Shadow Lake what your state’s tint limitations are. Window tint acts as sunglasses, limiting the amount of UV rays entering the car while adding a customized flair to it.
Aging, wear and tear will inevitably lead to leather break down, but you can prevent this by following these simple, easy steps to protect your leather interior for years.