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Cleaning Leather Upholstery on Heated Seats

Cleaning Leather Upholstery on Heated SeatsLeather Seats

It’s no surprise that many people prefer leather seats. After all they look great, feel great and add a touch of luxury to your vehicle. However it’s important to keep your leather seats clean and protected from damage. In order to keep leather seats looking their best they must be properly cleaned, conditioned and cared for to prevent premature cracking, ripping and excessive wear. Heated leather seats are no exception. They must be cared for just the same as leather seats without heaters. Although warming the leather prior to cleaning it is much easier with heated leather seats. Warming the leather is an important first step that will make cleaning and conditioning the leather upholstery much more effective. Let’s discuss how to clean leather upholstery on heated seats.

  • Select a high quality leather cleaner and conditioner that is approved for use on vehicle upholstery. Select cleaners that are free of petroleum solvents, silicone oils and gloss agents.
  • Warm the leather seats by turning on the seat heaters. This allows the pores of the leather to open and better absorb the cleaner and conditioner.
  • Vacuum the leather seats and wipe them with a clean, damp cloth.
  • Apply cleaner to a clean, soft cloth and rub the leather seats in a small circular motion using gentle yet firm pressure.
  • Carefully clean one panel at a time making sure to clean the entire panel. However, avoid getting cleaner into the seams as it can be difficult to remove and can cause discoloration of the stitching.
  • Allow the cleaner to sit on the leather upholstery for approximately five minutes.
  • Using a new, clean cloth, remove excess cleaner by rubbing in small circular motions across the leather. Focus on one panel at a time to ensure that you cover all areas.
  • Apply leather conditioner as directed on the bottle.
  • Only use chemical leather cleaners or conditioners twice per year as cleaning too often will break down the surfactants or protectors applied to the leather at the tannery.

Roberto’s Auto Trim in Orange County, California handles all types of upholstery work including automotive, marine and even furniture. With over 40 years of experience, Roberto’s reputation for high quality interiors is unmatched. Some of the top automotive dealerships in Orange County use Roberto’s Auto Trim for their repair and replacement work. If you have questions about your convertible top or another upholstery project, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

 

Dealing with Mold

Dealing with MoldDealing with Mold

If your vehicle isn’t properly sealed against wet weather then mold might be growing unseen in areas such as behind door panels, beneath the carpet or under seats. Mold and mildew can make your vehicle smell extremely bad and they can cause health problems. In fact inhaling and touching mold spores can cause allergic reactions and/or asthma attacks. Exposure to mold can irritate your eyes, skin, nose, throat and lungs. Since moisture is needed for mold and mildew to grow, the first step to preventing it is to remove any moisture from your vehicle immediately. Let’s take a closer look at how to properly deal with mold and mildew in your vehicle.

If you notice a musty odor in your vehicle, or you know that there has been water damage, but you are unable to locate the mold, there are several test kits available at most hardware stores. One such test provides virtually instant results, whereas others require you to collect samples from your vehicle and send them to a lab. The lab results will be mailed back to you after just a few days’ time.

If mold and mildew is located in your vehicle then you can clean it yourself up to ten square feet. If the area contaminated is much bigger than that however, you must have your vehicle cleaned by a professional mold remediation service. Biocides such as chlorine bleach and other disinfectants can destroy mold on nonporous surfaces. Wash mold off hard surfaces with a solution of bleach and water and then dry the area thoroughly. Moldy absorbent material, such as carpeting and upholstery will need to be replaced.

Minor mold cleanup typically doesn’t require protective equipment, unless you are allergic to mold, while larger cleanups do. You should always avoid breathing in airborne mold spores or getting mold in your eyes. Goggles and a properly fitted respirator should be used. Long gloves should also be worn to prevent mold from getting on your skin. When using bleach always wear gloves.

After the mold has been eradicated from the vehicle it is extremely important that you correct the source of moisture so that the problem does not return.

Roberto’s Auto Trim in Orange County, California handles all types of upholstery work including automotive, marine and even furniture. With over 40 years of experience, Roberto’s reputation for high quality interiors is unmatched. Some of the top automotive dealerships in Orange County use Roberto’s Auto Trim for their repair and replacement work. If you have questions about your convertible top or another upholstery project, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

 

How to Properly Clean Water Stains From Vehicle Upholstery

How to Properly Clean Water Stains From Vehicle UpholsteryClean_Water_Stains

If you’ve ever left your car window open or your convertible top down on a rainy day then you probably already know how difficult it is to remove water stains from vehicle upholstery. The trick to removing water stains from cloth or fabric car upholstery is to focus on more than just the stains. In order to really get the upholstery clean you have to tackle the entire area around the stains. Luckily, the process of cleaning water stains from vehicle upholstery is a fairly easy one. Let’s discuss how:

  • Start by vacuuming the seats and carpet with a good quality vacuum with attachments. This helps to loosen any dirt or debris that is left on your upholstery. If this dirt is allowed to remain on the upholstery then it will become mud when moistened, causing additional stains.
  • Spray a good quality dry foam cleaner on the upholstery. Make sure that the cleaner you use is approved for use on vehicle upholstery and cover the entire carpet or seat instead of just the stains.
  • Brush the foam over the entire area, working it gently into the fabric. You will want to avoid scrubbing it too hard as it can damage the surfaces of some cloth upholsteries.
  • Wipe away the foam with a clean, dry towel.
  • Allow the area to dry completely by parking your vehicle in the sun if at all possible, and leave the windows down to allow the moisture to escape.
  • If the surface of your upholstery is stiff after it dries, you can usually restore the original texture by vacuuming the surface.

Roberto’s Auto Trim in Orange County, California handles all types of upholstery work including automotive, marine and even furniture. With over 40 years of experience, Roberto’s reputation for high quality interiors is unmatched. Some of the top automotive dealerships in Orange County use Roberto’s Auto Trim for their repair and replacement work. If you have questions about your convertible top or another upholstery project, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

 

How to Tell if your Vehicle’s Upholstery Needs to be Repaired and/or Replaced

How to Tell if your Vehicle’s Upholstery Needs to be Repaired and/or ReplacedReplacing_Vehicle_Upholstery

A driver typically spends several hours each day sitting inside the cabin of their vehicle. This is the part of the car that you and your passengers will see and use most often. It is for this reason that the auto upholstery should be properly maintained and kept in good order. It is not always enough for you alone to keep the auto upholstery clean and in good shape, sometimes you will need to bring in a qualified auto upholstery professional to perform some repairs and replacements as necessary. The following guidelines will help you decide if your automobile upholstery needs to be repaired or replaced.

If your vehicle is more than ten years old, you will want to check your automobile upholstery thoroughly for any tears, rips and stains. Be sure to check under the floor mats and in between the seats. If your car has a convertible top, it should be inspected carefully as well. Take notes of everything that needs to be repaired before calling the auto upholstery repair shop.

Kids and pets can damage automobile upholstery without you even realizing that there is a problem. Carefully inspect leather seats for small punctures, and cloth tops for small tears. You will also want to check your upholstery thoroughly for stains if kids and pets ride frequently in your vehicle.

If you have been in a car accident then there could be damage to both the outside and the inside of your vehicle. Windshield glass can get into all of the tiny cracks and crevices of your vehicle and will need to be cleaned out thoroughly. There might also be damage caused by debris from the accident that made contact with the seats or floors.

If you sleep or lounge out in your car very often then the auto upholstery will probably require some repair. The weight of our bodies wears down car seats over time, making them appear older and worn. Also, oils or moisturizers from your hair and skin can quickly transfer onto car seats causing stains that are very difficult to remove.

Roberto’s Auto Trim in Orange County, California handles all types of upholstery work including automotive, marine and even furniture. With over 40 years of experience, Roberto’s reputation for high quality interiors is unmatched. Some of the top automotive dealerships in Orange County use Roberto’s Auto Trim for their repair and replacement work. If you have questions about your convertible top or another upholstery project, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

 

How to Clean Broken Glass from your Car’s Interior

How to Clean Broken Glass from your Car’s Interior

Vehicle windows break due to a number of reasons such as collisions, vandalism or impact from rocks and other debris kicked up while driving. Although windshields have a thin plastic layer that helps to hold the windshield together, it doesn’t hold the fine smaller particles that are released during an accident. When a windshield shatters inside a vehicle it can be extremely difficult to properly clean the glass from your car’s interior. In fact when a windshield shatters into several small pieces, it all seems to immediately disappear. This is because the tiny fragments of glass have fallen behind your dash, down your vents and into every component within the interior of your vehicle.

To properly remove all of the tiny fragments of glass you must first remove your vehicle’s dashboard and thoroughly clean behind it as well as in the vents. If you don’t clean this area completely then you risk loose fragments of glass being pushed up through the vents, possibly injuring you or your passengers. Every tiny fragment that goes into or behind the dash can be sent back as the heating and cooling ducts do their job by moving air and particles around your vehicle. The same can be true for airbags built into the dash. If the airbag deploys, then any remaining glass will be pushed out with it.

Exactly how much cleaning your vehicle requires is greatly dependent upon the individual circumstances. If glass is found under the seats, then they will need to be removed as well. In certain cases it might even be necessary to remove all the seats, the dash as well as the carpet. This might seem extreme, but you will most likely feel better about driving yourself and your children around when you are absolutely positive all particles of glass have been removed. If your windshield has been shattered into tiny fragments or a side window is hit at such force that you find glass on the opposite side of the vehicle then these extra steps are definitely called for.

Roberto’s Auto Trim in Orange County, California handles all types of upholstery work including automotive, marine and even furniture. With over 40 years of experience, Roberto’s reputation for high quality interiors is unmatched. Some of the top automotive dealerships in Orange County use Roberto’s Auto Trim for their repair and replacement work. If you have questions about your convertible top or another upholstery project, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.