When you want the best for your car, having custom seat covers padding your hindquarters seems like a good idea. They’re a reflection of your aesthetic tastes, and they’re good at keeping your car’s seats safe from water and UV rays.
But as good as they are, they’re still equipment, and equipment doesn’t last long unless you take good care of it. Thankfully, we have some tips to help you out with that.
If there’s one thing that degrades custom seat covers the quickest, it’s being dirty. Naturally, the best way to deal with this is to make sure that your covers are as clean as possible with regular cleanings. Wet suit shampoo is specially designed for cleaning car seat covers, which is made out of the same stuff as wet suits; neoprene.
And don’t worry; you don’t need to take the seat covers off to clean them, you just need to mix the wet suit shampoo with water, then use a lint-free cloth. After that, rinse the covers with fresh water, and just use a towel to dry them.
Sure, the seat covers protect your seat from UV rays, but they have their limits, and if you overexpose them to the sun, they’re going to degrade. Now, there are simple ways to stop UV rays from degrading your covers; simple, obvious ways, but there are also specialist products that act like sunscreens for your seat covers. Take a look at the market; there might be something for your seat covers. Generally, you just want to make sure those seats don’t get sunbaked.
What’s that smell?
Yeah, seat covers can absorb smells too. Just like that gym bag. Regular cleaning usually handles these smells just fine, but, occasionally, something really bad sticks. At this point, you turn to specialist products to deal with the stench. Ask the manufacturer of your seat covers if they have anything.
No. Just No.
There you should do to care for your car seat covers, and there are things you should absolutely not do to care for them. Detergents and bleach for cleaning is a no-no, as are lint-y cloths. Brushes are also too abrasive for them.