How to Protect the Interior of Your Vehicle




Protecting your vehicle requires careful selection of products. We recommend using water-based protectants instead of oil based ones as they seem to leave a more natural finish and do not seem to damage the interior surfaces.


Pro Tip: Always have half a dozen or dozen simple microfiber cloths handy in your garage. You can use them for interior wiping and buffing.


Leather & Vinyl

Nearly all leather in modern vehicles is nowadays soft finish coated to enhance its lifespan. Hence, these types of leathers do not require cleaning and conditioning. Instead, they require cleaning and protecting, similar to plastics and vinyls within the vehicle.

Equipment Needed:

Steps:

  1. Make sure the surface is vacuumed and cleaned

  2. Spritz the protectant on the applicator and then in a circular motion apply the protector

  3. Let the protectant stay on the surface for 10-20 seconds

  4. With gentle pressure, wipe the protectant residue from the leather surface

  5. Repeate this process on vinyls, plastics, steering, dash and consoles

Fabrics & Carpets

Many cars have fabric seats which are very similar to the material used for carpeting within the car. Hence, you can use the same product for both purposes. A good quality protectant provides protection from spills due to its hydrophobic properties and thereby reducing the chances for your car to stain or spot.


Equipment Needed:

Steps:

  1. Make sure the surface is vacuumed and cleaned

  2. Generously spray the fabric or carpet surface while trying to avoid overspray of other surfaces

  3. Using the upholstery brush, in backwards and forward motion, ‘brush in’ the fabric protectant.

  4. Repeat last step 1-2 times to add more coats and even absoprtion

  5. Spray one more time on top of the surface bristles and then let it dry on its own.

Faux Leather

Faux leather can be treated very similar to coated leather mentioned above as the finish is very similar.

Natural Leather

Natural leather is uncommon on most vehicles nowadays and unless your car manufacturer specifically says so, your car probably doesn’t have natural leather. These require a lot more care and treatment may be required monthly, bi-monthly or every few months in general depending on the use. Natural leather also stains easier and absorbs grime and dirt a lot easier despite having the classic and luxurious feel to it! For every day drives, coated leather is ideal and luckily most cars do come with coated leather, save for classic and enthusiast cars. However, the treatment of these ensures your car has a ‘new car’ musky smell for years to come!

Equipment Needed:

Steps:

  1. Make sure the surface is vacuumed and free of debris

  2. Spray or apply the cleaner on the surface of the leather

  3. Work in the cleaner using the soft upholstery brush(soft brush is very important here as hard brushes will damage the leather!)

  4. Use the microfiber cloth to wipe away the seats dry to prepare for the conditioning

  5. Apply some conditioner on the applicator and work in the conditioner on top of the seats

  6. Let the conditioner sit for a few minutes, depending on the conditioner.

  7. Wipe away the residue using a microfiber cloth

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