How to Care for Your Automotive Upholstery

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The condition of your automotive upholstery can really make or break the value of your car. If the car’s upholstery is damaged, the resale value can plummet. I have a few suggestions on how to take care of your automotive upholstery that I have learned over the years. And if you need any repairs to your automotive upholstery in MN, you know who to call – The SeatFixerMN!

  • If you spill a drink on cloth upholstery, wipe it up immediately. This might not be easy if you’re driving down the road, but pull over as soon as possible to wipe the mess up from your automotive upholstery. Dilute the spilled liquid with cold water and then use a clean cloth or clean paper towel to blot up the excess liquid.
  • If you spill water or another liquid on leather automotive upholstery, it is imperative that you wipe it up immediately – even more than if the upholstery is made out of cloth. So be sure to dry the leather thoroughly after a spill or after you used water to clean up a mess.
  • Leather automotive upholstery should be conditioned and cleaned a few times a year. Light-colored leather should be conditioned and cleaned more often than dark-colored leather.
  • For vinyl automotive upholstery, you can clean it with a damp rag and baking soda. Just be sure to rinse the mixture off with water and dish soap. Vinyl can become stiff if you use mineral- or oil-based cleaners, so avoid those two types of cleaning agents.
  • When driving around with your dog, put a blanket across the car’s backseat if you don’t normally put your dog in a crate while travelling. This will help keep your automotive upholstery hair-free and will also help avoid tears in the cloth or leather from the dog’s nails or teeth.
  • Do not use appearance enhancers, cleaners or conditioners that contain silicone.

For more information on automotive upholstery in MN, call The Seat Fixer at 612-590-7870 or contact me for a Free Estimate.

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