Protect Your Leather Interior in the Hot Summer Sun
The summer sun in Texas is pretty demanding, and while it may feel good on your skin, it can be quite damaging to the interior of your car. This is especially true if you have leather seats, which can crack and peel if they are not carefully cared for during the hot summer months. Fortunately, there are a few different ways that you can help keep your leather seats and interiors looking good throughout the year. Keep your leather clean and conditioned, and it should last the life of your vehicle. There are products specifically made for leather interiors that are formulated to add protection and keep leather soft and supple.
Keep the Crumbs Under Control
It is difficult to keep your leather truly looking good when it is covered in dirt and crumbs — so that is the first step in any cleaning regimen. Dirt can easily be ground into the leather and toughen the material or cause tiny scratches that will get worse and crack over time. Leather is a natural material, so be gentle with the bristle brushes that you use for cleaning.
Deep Cleaning Every 90 Days
Depending on how much you are driving your vehicle and how dirty the seats become, you may need to clean the leather every few months. Anyone who frequently has skin touching the leather needs to clean it much more often, as the oils in our skin can cause the leather to break down without regular conditioning. Leather cleaners are the best option, but you don't need to scrub. Gently cleaning the leather with a soft cloth is plenty to loosen the dirt and prep for the conditioning step.
Conditioning Your Leather Seats
Be conservative when you are selecting a conditioning agent to use on your vehicle's leather seats. Anything that doesn't immediately soak into the leather will sit on top and could cause the leather to become greasy and can even capture dirt and grease. There are specific conditioners that are made for leather vehicle seats, so be sure you are using the correct product on your seats and interior. A leather cleaner that is made for different types of leather may not be the best option, because the thickness of the material and the finish is quite different with vehicles.
Cleaning and conditioning your leather seats will help you protect against the damage caused by the hot sun all year round. Come see us at Auto Tek, Inc. where we have been proudly serving the Austin area since 1993. Contact us today at 512-326-3881 or learn more about the services that we offer on our website. You will find plenty of opportunities to learn more about your vehicle on our blog, such as our recent blog post where we cover Top Questions to Ask Your Vehicle Mechanic.