When caring for the leather upholstery of the car the condition and use intensity of the leather play an important role.
Leather seats need regular care, the same way as our hands. The lifetime and also the user comfort depend on the impact of temperatures and moisture and also the frequency leather is been taken care of.
In case of a new car and its leather upholstery, especially if it is light, it is recommended to treat the leather with special products before the car is taken in active use. This helps to avoid minor damages, such as spots caused by denim dye penetrating in the pores of the leather or to avoid smaller scratches and friction that tend to happen during entering the car or coming out from it.
Cleaning process of the interior of new cars (max 3 years) or used cars is different, as are different the cleaning products to be used for this purpose. During the first three years new leather should be cleaned with very mild cleaning foam and leather protective agent.
In case of leather upholstery in cars that are over three years old, deep cleaning of leather pores must be done. Creams with higher content of oil and antioxidants should be used. It is most likely that the driver’s seat will have visible signs of wear and tear after three years. This can be avoided by proper care.
Important! the driver’s seat must be cleaned every 2-3 months and all other surfaces after 6-12 months. Also do not forget metal parts of the clothes such as rivers, zippers and buckles that can cause scratches on the leather.
The most important points of leather cleaning:
- In principle you should start with the safest care products to avoid possible leather damages caused by strong chemical agents. In case cleaning with a mild product does not give the desired results, take only a small quantity of stronger agent but certainly not the strongest one in the range.
- Before starting cleaning investigate which is the best product for removing the dirt when considering with the properties of the leather – is the surface of the leather with opened or closed pores (smooth). Has the dirt penetrated deep in the leather or are the spots only on the surface. May be these are just oil spots or simply any other dirt.
- Each cleaning agent should be first tried in the place of a leather item, which is not immediately visible. And even if you are convinced that that everything is fine, you should still start with cleaning a smaller area, which should thereafter be immediately dried with a hair drier set on a cold regime. In case spots will remain on the surface or the cleaning agent reacts unexpectedly with leather you should consult with an expert.
- In case the surface of the leather absorbs water, use only a small quantity of water to clean it. Apply the cleaning agent and water carefully evenly on the surface to avoid forming of stains and spots.