Leather Care and Maintenance
First, realize that leather needs care from day one so if you just aquired a vehicle with leather, start caring for it immediately. Keeping your leather clean and conditioned is key to its longevity. When cleaning your leather, always use a cleaner to loosen and remove any dirt and a conditioner to condition the leather to restore the leather to its best condition. Some Leather products are both cleaner and conditioner. The first way to test your leather's condition is by feeling it. All leather interior is NOT the same. For instance, a newer vehicle is going to have a newer leather. Not only is its age newer but the material is more durable and most likely treated to hold up longer. If you have older leather, it will most likely have minor cracks in it from normal wear and you can still keep it soft and supple use a cleaner/conditioner. Amazingly, our vehicles emit dust and other dirt particles when we use the fresh air vent and when we open our doors. All vehicles have this so it of the utmost importance that we intend to keep our leather's maintenance a high priority.
Just because a product is expensive, does not mean that its better. Do your vehicle a favor and read the labels, do a little research before you purchase your product. Once you have decided on which cleaner you plan to use, you will want to use it at least once every one or two months depending on use and wear. This will keep the leather's texture supple and pliable, soft to the touch and very comfortable to sit on. I apply it with a soft microfiber towel or microfiber sponge. The sponge helps when you want to apply pressure for stubborn dirt and grime.
All leather requires ultimate care and maintenance for longevity. Extreme temperatures also play a big role on proper leather care. I suggest using extra conditoner during the colder months for vehicles that are not garaged. Just remember that leather is porous just like skin and has to be moisturized regularly to keep its form, substance and shine.
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