Keeping the interior of your car in good shape keeps it from looking old and worn out. Maintaining it well can help it last longer which improves the value of the car. It’s also much more enjoyable to drive around in a car with a nice interior instead of one that is faded and ripped. Fortunately, keeping the car upholstery in good condition only takes a few simple steps.
Leather car upholstery should be treated with a leather conditioner about once a year. Leather is a natural material, so it needs the occasional addition of oils to keep it pliable. Keeping the car in the garage and out of direct sunlight will also help keep the leather from cracking and drying out. Well conditioned leather interiors resist tearing, which looks terrible and decreases the car’s value. Vinyl interiors should be cleaned with vinyl cleaner according to the package instructions. Because dashboards get hot from the sun, they should also be conditioned to protect them from fading and cracking. Proper conditioning also reduces the dust buildup that makes them look dull.
Cloth car upholstery should be vacuumed regularly to help it last longer. Vacuuming helps fluff the fibers up and keeps dirt and dust from staining the cloth. Dirt and stains should be removed as quickly as possible with car upholstery cleaner. Because rips and tears can enlarge quickly, be sure to repair them as soon as they are noticeable. Following these simple maintenance tips will easily add years of life to the car’s interior, and will make you feel better about driving your car every day.