Leather cleaner is something that many car owners in Singapore should have in their car grooming kit.
Most new cars sold in Singapore have seats made from leather or synthetic leather.
Maintaining it, even in the face of our harsh sun, is easy if you know how.
Here are three tips to keeping your leather interior looking like new.
1) Vacuum first before applying the leather cleaner.
You want to get rid of any dust, lint, hair or pet dander before cleaning.
It’s like sweeping or vacuuming your house floor before mopping.
Once you have vacuumed the seats, floormats, nooks and cranies, it’s time to get down to business.
Shake your bottle of leather cleaner. Apply some on a foam applicator or folded microfibre towel.
If this is your first time, apply the leather cleaner to a small, inconspicuous area first.
This lets you check that the product doesn’t cause the colours to run.
If you determine it is okay to proceed, apply the cleaner from the top to the bottom of each seat.
If there is any excess, wipe it off with a microfibre towel.
2) Time for the leather conditioner!
Unless your leather cleaner is a 2-in-1 cleaning and conditioning product, you need a separate leather conditioning product.
The conditioner helps keep the leather supple and protect it against harmful UV rays that cause cracks.
Apply the conditioner to a foam applicator or microfibre towel, working from top to bottom.
Wipe off any access with a microfibre cloth or towel.
3) Get your windows tinted.
A good quality window film will help preserve not just your leather interior, but the dashboard and plastics, too.
Reputable brands such as RikeCool, V-Kool and 3M are good bets.
Window film will protect your leather upholstery.
It will also help keep your interior cool, thus improving your air-con’s efficiency.