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Ever bought a sofa that is sold as 100% leather? Think again. This goes for car seats to. Generally most manufactures use real leather for the parts you sit on or touch such as the base cushions & arms, but when it comes to the sides and the back you will generally find this is vinyl. The same process is sometimes applied to car seats, where the lower sections, sides and the back are vinyl. Obviously leather is very expensive and as vinyl is such a close match it makes sense to cover the bits you don't touch in something that looks the same but is more cost effective. Vinyl comes in many different forms though, does look good and even doesn't fade as much as leather so it does have its advantages. Because it is designed in the same way as protected leather it can be cared for in much the same way and is easy to maintain.
Vinyl is easy to clean but you should avoid getting it to dry, and cleaning can dry it up, so conditioning it afterwards is a good idea.
How to Care for Vinyl
Vinyl is very similar to Faux leather. It is easy to clean with its protective surface but if you do its important to protect it afterwards, otherwise it will become dry, which can cause cracking or splits occurring.
Vinyl is pretty hard wearing and you can clean it if and when you need to. Should it get dirty you can use a gentle cleaner on it and then apply a protective gel to protect it from the elements. Like Faux leather its a case of avoiding it getting to dry either by sunlight or by over cleaning it and not protecting it afterwards.
What Products are Available for Vinyl
If it gets dirty vinyl cleaner will remove all dirt no problem. If you do clean it always apply a conditioner afterwards to stop it getting to dry. Stain protection is a good way of protecting it from dirt and other things such a sea salt on boats, which can cause harm.
The kits we supply also have brushes and cloths, which provides you with everything you need, including full instructions to shown you how to get the best from the products.