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Cloth, or Vinyl: Choosing the Best Seat Covers for Your Car
ar seat covers can make that little splash of
difference in an older car, perk it up and hide the little tears or
stains that have appeared over the years. In a newer vehicle car
seat covers can protect that new fabric and keep your car looking in
tiptop shape. Styles range from plain and simple and cartoon
characters to wild animal prints. There are molded car seat covers,
heated ones, ones made with wooden beads made from any number of
hard-wearing fabrics. There are car seat covers to fit the make and
model of your vehicle and suit your personality.
- Vinyl. The most durable,
weather resistant and generally carefree choice. Vinyl is quite
durable, very resistant to sun fading, comes in some attractive
colors and produces a good looking seat.
- Leather. Leather is durable
and has a luxurious feel. Leather is easier to keep clean and
more water-proof than velour, and being a naturally porous
material it "breathes" better then vinyl. Protected
from the elements and periodically treated to restore its
natural oils leather will outlast even the heaviest vinyl.
- Cloth: Cloth seat covers are
usually made of heavyweight auto upholstery material with ½"
foam padding. Typically, seat cover backs stretch to allow
covers to make a snug, glove-like fit.
- Sheepskin: These make good car
seat covers if your dog travels with you frequently.
They are very reasonably priced and you can throw them in
the washer to clean them.
Your Seat Cover
A vinyl seat
cover is probably one of the easiest to keep clean.
Generally a good wipe with a damp cloth is all it takes to
keep that “new” look.
A cloth and/or sheepskin seat cover can be
thrown in the washing machine using the gentle cycle in your washer.
Since there’s always a chance that the heat from your dryer might
shrink the cloth, I would hang it out to dry.
If you own a leather seat cover, Clean the
leather with a damp, soft cloth. When dry, buff lightly with a
clean, brass or nylon bristle brush or nubuck brush to restore the
nap of the leather fibers. Scuff marks and dirt may be gently
removed with a suede-cleaning eraser or suede stone. It’s also a
good idea to spray the surface with a good water based weather
So which seat cover should you choose?
The one that best suits your needs.
Consider that vinyl can be very hot and sticky in the summer,
and cold in the winter. Cloth breathes better, and it won’t stick
to your skin, and leather will give you that luxurious feel.
Although more expensive by far, you can keep that leather
seat cover looking new for years to come by taking good care of it
and protecting it from the elements.
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