Interior Car Care 101
There is much to be said in favor of maintaining the interior of
your car: a clean interior is a welcoming sign to passengers or
potential buyers, makes every ride you take more pleasurable, and makes
you feel better about your investment. As well, keeping the interior
in prime condition keeps the resale value high, and makes any sale
easier, whether to a direct buyers or a dealership's "trade evaluator."
Interior maintenance, like engine maintenance, also helps protects your vehicle from premature wear, including cracks in the dashboard, and fading or staining of the upholstery.
It's also cost effective: it's far less expensive to buy a bottle of upholstery cleaner, or leather conditioner every so often than it is to replace an entire front seat.
How should you go about this interior maintenance? Here are some tips:
- Carpets, Cloth Seats, and Other Fabrics: When
it comes to carpet and cloth in your car, Scotch Guard is your best
friend. Not only is it inexpensive, but it really works for keeping
seats and other cloth or carpet surfaces stain-free. After you use the
Scotch Guard, it's important to remember that you should never rub at
stains; instead, blot rapidly. With carpets, you'll have to re-treat
them more often, especially in wet weather, so in addition to Scotch
Guard, consider floor mats, which run about $100 for a set of four, and
do wonders to protect the low-quality carpeting generally used in
cars. Finally, if you're a smoker, stop smoking in your car, and do not
allow anyone else to smoke in it either. Synthetic carpet, upholstery
fabric (or leather), plastic, vinyl, glass and rubber are ALL affected
by tobacco tar and smoke
- Plastic and Vinyl: While there are numerous
types of available protectants for the plastic and vinyl surfaces in
your car, any of the top brands (Armor All, Eagle One, Formula 2001,
and Mothers) are fine, so choose the one with the scent that you can
tolerate. Once you've chosen your protectant, use them as directed on
all of the plastic and vinyl inside the car, including door handles,
window trim, the dashboard, and the steering wheel. This will help
prevent cracking and fading. On the dash, if you find the surface is
too shiny, you can use less fluid and buff longer to give it that new
look like it’s fresh from the car dealer.
- Glass & Bezels: For the window glass in your car, any glass cleaner is fine (Windex, for example), but be sure not to use any product containing ammonia on tinted glass. For other glass – like the lenses over the various gauges – or chrome bezels (the radio trim, etc.) glass cleaner usually works well also, but make sure it's mild – regular blue Windex is perfect. If you live somewhere with high humidity, where fogging of interior glass is common, strongly consider using something like Rain-X Anti-Fog – it's one extra step, yes, but it significantly reduces interior fogging, which makes the glass stay cleaner, as well as making it safer to drive.
WHY COTTON OR ANY BREATHABLE MATERIAL IS A PERFECT CHOICE FOR SEAT COVERS
|Cotton is long-lasting, better than vinyl, neoprene and other latex derivative material, won't crack or peel, and absorb moisture, prevent against mold, because it is breathable.|
|FISHERMAN - FORUM|
|Breathable, and neoprene, sweaty and nasty, and yes neoprene bakers you in the heat and did not absorb the moisture.|
|AMERICAN MEDICAL SOCIETY|
|Latex Allergy - Sensible skin, contact with latex can cause allergy. People who have not been identified and who do not recognize that their symptoms are caused by Latex Allergy can suffer if in contact with latex or products which has latex in their components. The best treatment is the avoidance.|
|All materials that are not breathable, won't absorb moisture, and are not weather adaptive they are inappropriate to be used in seat covers. In fact these materials are uncomfortable to be sited on. Think about it. Do you wear a vinyl or neoprene pants 24h a day on any weather condition? You car seats will if you put a vinyl or neoprene seat covers on it.
* The cotton can have the water resistant effect if it is treated with any water resistant spray like Scotchgard Carpet and Upholstery Protector.