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Upholstery, carpets and vinyl trim — maintenance

Upholstery and carpets

1. Every three months remove the floormats and clean the interior of the vehicle (more frequently if necessary). Use a stiff whiskbroom to brush the carpeting and loosen dirt and dust, then vacuum the upholstery and carpets thoroughly, especially along seams and crevices.

2. Dirt and stains can be removed from carpeting with basic household or automotive carpet shampoos available in spray cans.
Follow the directions and vacuum again, then use a stiff brush to bring back the «nap» of the carpet.

3. Most interiors have cloth or vinyl upholstery, either of which can be cleaned and maintained with a number of material- specific cleaners or shampoos available in auto supply stores. Follow the directions on the product for usage, and always spot-test any upholstery cleaner on an inconspicuous area (bottom edge of a backseat cushion) to ensure that it doesn’t cause a color shift in the material

4. After cleaning, vinyl upholstery should be treated with a protectant.

Note: Make sure the protectant container indicates the product can be used on seats -some products may make a seat too slippery. Caution: Do not use protectant on vinyl-covered steering wheels.

5. Leather upholstery requires special care. It should be cleaned regularly with saddle-soap or leather cleaner. Never use alcohol, gasoline, nail polish remover or thinner to clean leather upholstery.

6. After cleaning, regularly treat leather upholstery with a leather conditioner, rubbed in with a soft cotton cloth. Never use car wax on leather upholstery.

7. In areas where the interior of the vehicle is subject to bright sunlight, cover leather seating areas of the seats with a sheet if the vehicle is to be left out for any length of time.

Vinyl trim

8. Don’t clean vinyl trim with detergents, caustic soap or petroleum-based cleaners. Plain soap and water work just fine, with a soft brush to clean dirt that may be ingrained. Wash the vinyl as frequently as the rest of the vehicle.

9. After cleaning, application of a high-quality rubber and vinyl protectant will help prevent oxidation and cracks. The protectant can also be applied to weather-stripping, vacuum lines and rubber hoses, which often fail as a result of chemical degradation, and to the tires.

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