Tips for Protecting Your Classic Car Upholstery

So you’ve made the decision to restore your classic car upholstery, bringing it back to its former glory and making you the proud owner of a complete restoration project.

We understand that it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to get your car’s interior just the way you want it. The last thing you want is for it to degrade because the proper actions to protect it weren’t taken. So we’ve put together a list of some simple things you can start doing to keep your auto upholstery in the fantastic condition your beauty deserves.

1.) Wipe Down Spills With an Old T-Shirt

It is a good idea to keep a few raggedy t-shirts from around the house for various odds and ends. In the event you spill something on your upholstery, you can clean it off with one of these shirts. T-shirts are much more preferable to use for spills than paper towels, which are made from wood and can leave behind marks and scratches, especially if you have leather seats.

2. Crack Open the Windows

When the temperature inside your vehicle gets too high, it can start to damage the interior components. It is vital to remember that the temperature inside your car can be a lot hotter than what it is outside. Even if the weather outside is only at 75 degrees Fahrenheit, it could be well over 85 degrees in your car, so remember to crack your baby’s windows, even on moderate days, and try to avoid parking in direct sunlight.

3.) Block the Sunlight

Sunlight can cause numerous damages to your car’s interior over time, including color fading and leather cracking. If you can’t avoid parking in direct sunlight, you should consider investing in a window shade to keep sunlight from getting inside. Some people prefer getting a sun blocker that goes directly over the upholstery to protect it from the sun’s damaging rays. Sunshade in either form will also help reduce the interior temperature and ward off cracking.

4.) Purchase Rubber Floor Mats

Another way you can protect the upholstery is to place plastic or rubber floor mats on the carpet. These mats will trap all the dirt and mud you could track in. They are simple to clean, and you will not have to worry about the carpet becoming damaged prematurely.

5.) Vacuum Often

No matter how careful you are, dirt and crumbs may fall onto or between your car’s seats. Vacuuming your seats and floor regularly not only keeps your car interior looking its best, but it also protects your interior from becoming permanently damaged from caked-in dirt or pesky scratches from crumbs. Be sure to vacuum between the seat crevices where dirt is most likely to hide, and make sure you carefully clean out your beauty after long drives or dirty car shows.

Looking for Professional Help?

You can receive professional help restoring your vintage car’s upholstery at Legendary Auto Interiors. We provide custom auto upholstery, or we can restore your baby’s seats so that they look the way they did decades ago. You can learn more about our full range of services or contact us if you have any questions.

Posted on November 1, 2018. Categorized as .
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