How to clean and protect leather car seats
99.9 percent of all modern car leathers have a matt finish. Today’s leather is chrome-tanned or synthetically tanned. In the past, vegetable tanning had been the more common method. However, when it comes to cleaning, conditioning and protecting your car seats - age and condition of the leather are very important factors rather than the tanning method.
New leather (within the first three years) should be protected with COLOURLOCK Leather Shield
. New leather doesn’t need any re-greasing oils or any other kind of treatment, as it’s still fully protected by the tanning process. Common problems with new leathers arise due to general wear and dye transfer from clothing which penetrates into the leather colouration. The driver’s seat especially the side bolster is mostly affected by signs of wear after a few years and develops scuff marks . Light coloured leathers are more often discoloured by denim stains or dye transfer from other clothing. Leather Shield prevents these happenning. We recommend protecting the contact areas on the driver's seat every three months and other contact areas every six to twelve months.
Older leather (cars more than 2 to 3 years old) need more oils and grease care to stay soft. Such leathers should therefore be treated with COLOURLOCK Leather Protector
. Leather Protector contains oils, UV filters and antioxidants. Protect older leather every three to six months to ensure the leather remains soft and smooth. The anti-oxidizing components stop degradation of the leather and extend the life span.
Older convertibles and classic cars with shinier and dry leather should be conditioned using COLOURLOCK Elephant Leather Preserver
. This leather preserver has strong water-repellent qualities which may be necessary on older leather and also prevents the growth of mildew.
Important: Our care products are intense in effect. Looking after leather regularly with little amount of product instead of caring seldom and over-applying is the best method. “More” doesn’t help “more” when protecting leather.