Tips to Repair Car Seats

The interior and seats of a vehicle are often forgotten even though they are worn out daily. Burn marks, stained upholstery, or tears are examples of problems that can damage or degrade a car’s interior.

Tips before proceeding to the repair of a velvet car seat

Before starting any renovation, it is necessary, to begin with, a cleaning. Thus, three steps are applied for the seats: 

  1. vacuuming, 
  2. brushing,
  3. and moisturizing.

Good to know: To achieve a good result, you can call on Motorcraft Motor Trimmers; they have qualified technicians.

More precisely, a blower is used to lift the dust to allow a reasonable aspiration. After the cleaning, proceed to brush and then hydration of the seats. Depending on the material, whether velvet or leather, you will use a balm or spray with a suitable microfiber cloth. These steps are essential to preserving the quality of the car seat. After that, you can proceed with the renovation of your car seats.

Tips for repairing burn marks on a velvet seat

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Burn marks, especially from cigarettes, can cause severe damage to your velvet or leather seats. Therefore, it is necessary to call in a professional, especially if your seat cover is made of fabric such as velvet.

To repair a velvet seat:

  1. Moisten the contour of the burned area to make the fabric more flexible.
  2. Cut the edges of the parts to be treated while eliminating the complex parts caused by the burns. If this part is too deep, fill the hole with a piece of foam.
  3. Place a piece of fabric of the same color as the upholstery over the foam and fill the gap with glue.

Repairing a torn velour car seat is also done in the same way.

Tips for restoring the shine of a velour car seat

Fabric seats differ from leather seats in their permeability. As a result, they are much more susceptible to liquid and grease stains. If these get inside the textile fibers, the seat can be damaged. To renovate and restore the shine of your velour car seat, you must do a quality cleaning.

Ammonia is probably the best product to use to clean your seats. To do this, you can soak a cloth with the product, barely diluted. Rub it on the stain, then rinse with a damp cloth. To dry, use a washcloth and change it as soon as it becomes dirty. You can then use warm air from a hairdryer to finish drying. Ammonia is very effective for the thorough cleaning of seats. However, it can give off unpleasant and harmful fumes. Therefore, it is essential to be outside or at least in a ventilated room wearing gloves and a mask before proceeding.

Soda crystals are also ideal for cleaning seats. Before starting:

  1. Protect your hands with a glove.
  2. Clean the seats with a sponge soaked in a solution of warm water and soda crystals.
  3. Insist on the stains before rinsing with a damp cloth.

A washcloth, then a towel, and warm air from a hairdryer are essential for drying.

White vinegar is also a product to try for cleaning car seats. It is very effective; make a mixture of white vinegar, warm water, and dishwashing liquid. To clean your seats, soak a sponge in this solution, wring it out and clean the seat fabric in sections, focusing on the stains. Rinse with a damp cloth and wipe with a washcloth, then dry.

To repair seats of any kind, you can call Motorcraft Motor Trimmers. Restoring, repairing, and customizing auto upholstery is no secret to them.

Hope the above tips help you out. Remember to share your experience below.

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