You’re hitting the road over Thanksgiving weekend and everyone is excited for the much-needed holiday. You can’t wait to dig into your mom’s turkey. The kids are excited about the desserts. Your wife cannot wait to hit the stores on Black Friday. There’s just one problem. Every year, your car’s upholstery takes a beating. Not this year, though! Banister’s Upholstery offers advice on how to protect it.
Clean and Protect it Before Thanksgiving
Clean and protect your leather upholstery now so it has been conditioned prior to your trip. If it is stained and needs professional cleaning, do so and have any necessary repairs done to the leather, too. The most important thing is to give your leather upholstery the ability to stand up to travel abuse, such as food and drink spills. Protect the leather now so you don’t damage it later.
Know the Things That Can Damage Car Upholstery
Know what can damage your car’s leather. As we mentioned above, food and drink spills can definitely damage the leather, as can pens, pencils, crayons, dirt, sunshine, pet claws, and even temperature changes. Plan for these things. For example, if you’re bringing the dog on your Thanksgiving weekend jaunt, keep him secured in a carrier buckled into the seat so he isn’t walking on the leather.
Set Down Some Rules
The above keeps the dog safe, too, which is crucial. So, rule number one is the dog stays in the crate (with plenty of stops to let him out). Also, set down some ground rules for the kids. Perhaps they can only play with toys that won’t damage the car leather with ink, wax, or sharp edges. You may also set a rule that says no eating or drinking in the car. Avoid allowing things that will ruin the upholstery.
Use Covers if Necessary
If rules aren’t going to cut it, protect your upholstery with covers. You may love the buttery leather of your car’s upholstery, but cover it up anyway just for the weekend to give it extra protection against travel woes. The longer the kids are in the car the more restless they’ll get, so make sure to prevent stains and tears by using fitted seat covers that won’t slip and slide as the kids wriggle and squirm.
Banister’s Upholstery in East Point, GA, can help you protect your car’s upholstery. We can repair any torn or stained upholstery or replace the upholstery if you want an upgrade. We can also make custom seat covers for your trip.