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Leather interiors - how to keep them clean

Shazza has plenty of cars to choose from and they come in all makes, models and interiors.

If you happen to hire a car with a leather interior, it requires an extra bit of attention. And although you may not need these tips or a short term rental, you will for longer term rental!

So to keep your car and its owner happy, here’s a guide on how to keep a car’s leather interior in the best possible shape:

Use a soft-bristle brush attachment on a vacuum cleaner to gently remove loose dirt, dust, and debris from the leather seats. Pay special attention to seams and crevices where dirt tends to accumulate.

Invest in a high-quality leather cleaner that's specifically designed for automotive leather. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for mixing and applying the cleaner. Generally, you'll want to apply a small amount to a clean, soft cloth or sponge and gently rub the leather in a circular motion. Avoid using abrasive materials like rough sponges or scrub brushes that could damage the leather.

For specific stains or spills, address them promptly! (or you know, just avoid anything that could stain or damage the leather!) Blot the stain with a clean, dry cloth to absorb as much liquid as possible, then follow up with a leather cleaner. Always test the cleaner in an inconspicuous area first to ensure it doesn't discolor the leather.

Leather can dry out and become brittle over time. To prevent this, apply a leather conditioner or cream after cleaning. Conditioning helps maintain the leather's suppleness and prevents cracking. Apply the conditioner according to the manufacturer's instructions and buff it in with a clean, dry cloth.

Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can cause leather to fade and crack. Whenever possible, park your car in the shade or use sunshades to protect the interior. This is absolutely essential in Dubai and we cannot stress this enough.

Never use harsh chemicals, such as household cleaners, on leather seats. These can damage the leather's finish. Stick to products designed specifically for automotive leather care.

Use a soft-bristle brush or a dedicated leather cleaning brush to gently agitate the cleaner. This helps to remove embedded dirt and reach crevices without scratching the leather.

Ensure that your leather seats are completely dry after cleaning and conditioning. Leaving them damp can encourage mold or mildew growth.

Remember that the specific care requirements may vary depending on the type of leather in your car seats (e.g., genuine leather, synthetic leather, or suede).

Always consult your car's owner's manual for manufacturer recommendations and use products specifically designed for automotive leather care to ensure the best results and the longevity of your leather seats.

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