Vinyl is one of the most popular and cost effective car interior materials on the market today. Glove boxes and dashboards are often made out of vinyl, and sometimes car seats are too. And with some care and maintenance, your vinyl could last you quite awhile. Here are a few tips from the car seat restoration expert serving St. Bonifacius and the surrounding areas.
Use a damp sponge and gently wipe any dust off of the vinyl. Make sure you get into smaller and hard to reach areas, like in between vents. Get rid of the dust and anything else, like pet hair, cigarette ash and dirt. Let the areas dry completely.
You can also use the brush attachment on your vacuum and vacuum the dust and other debris off as well, but it is still a good idea to follow up with a damp sponge. That way, you end up cleaning up far more of the dust than you would have if you just vacuumed.
Use a vinyl cleaner. There are many to choose from and they are generally available in hardware or auto care stores. Just be sure to test an inconspicuous area first in case there is a problem with it and how it interacts with the vinyl. If everything looks fine after your test, use the cleaner as directed on every other vinyl part in your car. Avoid using any products that contain silicone.
You can use a vinyl protectant if you want. They generally come in two types: satin and matte. The type you get depends on your preference but, like your vinyl cleaner, be sure to test the protectant on an inconspicuous area before you use it on the rest of your vinyl. And you should be sure to avoid using any vinyl protectant products that contain silicone.
While there is no foolproof way to keep vinyl from tearing or cracking, there are some common sense ways to help keep it from happening.
Don’t let anything sharp touch the vinyl, especially if you have vinyl car seats. At the first sign of damage, you should call a car seat restoration expert like The SeatFixer for assistance.
Try to keep people from smoking in your car too. This will help keep burn marks to a minimum, and it will make it easier to keep your car’s interior clean.
If you would like more information on car seat restoration near St Bonifacius, call The SeatFixer at 612-590-7870, or you can contact us to set up a Free Estimate.