Inspecting and repairing your car’s upholstery should be a regular element of your summer auto maintenance routine. As the weather gets warmer, your car’s upholstery is in danger of fading, ripping, or cracking due to sun and heat exposure. Here are some top tips for car upholstery maintenance.
Protect and Clean Vinyl or Leather Seats
If your car has leather or vinyl seats, they should be cleaned every two to three months to prevent stains. A technician at your auto body shop can recommend an effective, eco-friendly leather or vinyl cleaner. You should apply the cleaner to the seats one section at a time, and work it into lather with an upholstery brush. Remove the cleaner from the surface of the seats with a damp towel. You can repeat this process several times until the seats look clean and bright. After cleaning, dry the seats with a clean, dry towel.
Vacuum, Steam Clean, and Shampoo Upholstery and Carpeting
To vacuum fabric upholstery, you’ll need a heavy-duty wet/dry vacuum with a long hose attachment. You should vacuum regularly to prevent debris from being embedded into the upholstery and carpeting. You can also steam clean the upholstery and carpeting to remove stubborn stains and unpleasant odors. Using rubber floor mats will protect your car’s carpeting from spills and stains. You can also use seat covers to protect upholstery from spills, stains, and fading.
Regularly Use Interior Cleaner
You should keep a specialized interior cleaner in your car at all times to clean up spills and messes. You can find a multi-purpose cleaner that works on both vinyl and leather, and a stain remover for carpeting and upholstery. Taking care of spills as they happen will prevent permanent damage to your car’s upholstery.
If you’re looking for a body shop near Utah that offers summer car maintenance, come see us at Dave’s Body Shop. We can provide collision repair, headlight restoration, detail and cleaning services, dent removal, and other important services. To schedule a free estimate for auto body services or repairs, call us today at (801) 762-8921.