How to clean and protect Alcantara

Fabrics like Alcantara and Amaretta are ultra-microfibre materials (synthetic materials) which have a surface like suede.

These fabrics should be vacuumed at regular intervals and occasional wiped with a damp cloth. In case of stains and normal dirt, use COLOURLOCK Alcantara & Textile Cleaner. It’s a good cleaner for Alcantara on car and furniture upholstery.

Stains in fabric

Spray the area

Wipe with terry

In case of stains, use a sponge and press cleaning foam

Clean the stains circularly with the foam

Result

Cleaning big surfaces: Wet the stained surface slightly with Alcantara & Textile Cleaner and immediately wipe gently with a terry cloth. Repeat if necessary.

Removing stains: Wet a sponge or a soft brush with some cleaner. Press foam out of the sponge. Clean the stained area in a circular motion. Then wipe with a damp cloth. Don`t rub too hard! Do not make it too wet! When stains can’t be removed, ask a professional upholstery cleaner before damaging the material.

Fresh stains should be absorbed immediately with an absorbent, clean cloth. Either dab or work from outside of the stain to the centre. Do not rub too hard. In case of big stains, work from seam to seam.

For greasy and waxy stains use COLOURLOCK Degreaser. Work carefully. Test in a hidden area first.

To reduce future soiling and stains, protect the surface with COLOURLOCK Waterproofing for Leather & Textiles. Heat should be kept away from Alcantara.

For example cigarette burns cause irreparable damages in Alcantara. Alcantara is prone to pilling. Abrasion causes the fibres to develop into small spherical nodules. If the surface is not too damaged, it can be restored with the COLOURLOCK Leather Sanding Pad (see video). In case the material is too damaged, it has to be replaced.

Burn hole of a cigarette. Cannot be repaired.

Don't wait too long before first cleaning!

Alcantara occasionally has the problem of pilling. Watch the video.

Recommended products

  • COLOURLOCK Alcantara & Textile Cleaner 250 ml: For normal cleaning. Sufficient for four seats and more.
  • COLOURLOCK Degreaser: To clean oily and greasy dirt and stains.
  • COLOURLOCK Waterproofing for Leather and Textiles 500 ml: To make the surface water repellent.
  • COLOURLOCK Leather Sanding Pad: In case of pilling.
Leather Sanding Pad
The Leather Sanding Pad is ideal for:  Smoothing rough areas before applying COLOURLOCK Leather Fresh or COLOURLOCK Liquid Leather. Cleaning greasy areas on nubuck and suede. Careful sanding during professional colouring in the workshop. Amount: Pack of 5 Application Rub the leather gently with the pad in a circular motion. Avoid gouging and deep scratches. Both faces of the pad can be used. It can be washed out with water.  Before colouring nappa leather, the surfaces should be sanded carefully. Our Leather Sanding Pad is ideal for this step.

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Degreaser
Degreaser is used in various situations for degreasing. The degreaser is a solvent-free product, yet powerful and gentle to the surface. It does not dissolve the color and is therefore excellent for degreasing all types of leather. Areas of application: for degreasing smooth leather and removing care product residues before repair for the professional and end user. for degreasing grease spots in the headrest and armrest areas of furniture, steering wheels, handles and gear knobs on vehicles, handles on handbags and suitcases, etc.for cleaning/degreasing of "spackled" rough leathers in the furniture tradefor degreasing greasy collars on jackets before washing with leather detergentfor degreasing greasy areas before professional dyeing in the workshop   Amounts of COLOURLOCK Degreaser: 30 ml is enough for steering wheels or handbag handles. 150 ml is sufficient for a furniture set or car interior. 250 ml and 1 liter for more extensive degreasing work or for several objects. APPLICATION Always test all products first on a concealed area for changes! Although COLOURLOCK Degreaser does not dissolve colors, it may cause a lightening of colors in open-pored leathers or if too much was used on smooth leather. Therefore, pre-testing is always advisable. Dampen a clean, soft cloth with the degreaser and go over the greasy areas. Plain smooth leathers can be degreased thoroughly after a test. For open-pored leather (suede, aniline leather, etc.), only briefly dart over the leather with the cloth in order to avoid edging and stains caused by the cleaning attempt. Allow the leather to dry between all treatments. Do not blow dry. Not all grease spots can be removed completely. Areas of contact with skin or hair and areas greased over long periods of time are particularly difficult. In some cases, grease remover spray might help. For large areas, deeply absorbed oils, or heavy greasing, seek professional advice. After cleaning with the COLOURLOCK Degreaser, re-condition and protect the leather with a care product suitable for the type of leather.

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Alcantara & Fabric Cleaner
For the efficient and gentle cleaning of Alcantara, synthetics and natural fibres in upholstery and carpets. Also suitable for all types of synthetic fibre and natural fibre.Fabrics like Alcantara and Amaretta are ultra-microfibre materials (synthetic materials) which have a surface like suede.These fabrics should be vacuumed at regular intervals and occasionally wiped with a damp cloth. COLOURLOCK Alcantara & Fabric Cleaner is ideal for removing dirt and stains from Alcantara car and furniture upholstery.Cleaning big surfaces: Wet the stained surface slightly with COLOURLOCK Alcantara & Fabric Cleaner and immediately wipe gently with a terry cloth. Repeat as necessary.Removing stains: Wet a sponge or a soft brush with some cleaner. Press the foam out of the sponge. Clean the stained area in a circular motion. Then wipe with a damp cloth. Don`t rub too hard or make it too wet. If stains prove difficult to remove, you are advised to consult a professional upholstery cleaner to avoid damaging the material.Fresh stains should be absorbed immediately with an absorbent, clean cloth. Either dab or work from outside of the stain to the centre. Do not rub too hard. With larger stains, work from seam to seam.For greasy and waxy stains use COLOURLOCK Degreaser. Work carefully. Test in a hidden area first.To reduce future soiling and stains, protect the surface with COLOURLOCK Waterproofing for Leather & Textiles. Keep heat away from Alcantara. For example cigarette burns can cause irreparable damage.Alcantara is prone to pilling. Abrasion causes the fibres to develop into small spherical nodules. If the surface is not too damaged, it can be restored with the COLOURLOCK Sanding Pad. But if the material is too badly damaged, it has to be replaced. ApplicationAlways test any products first on a hidden area in case they affect the colour. Spray the area Wipe with terry In case of stains, use a sponge and press cleaning foam Clean the stains circularly with the foam Shake bottle before use. Apply some cleaner on a sponge and press the foam out of it. Clean the surface in a circular motion. If necessary,repeat treatment after drying. Then rub with a slightly moistened cloth.Cleaning of large surfaces: Slightly moisten the soiled surface with the Cleaner and immediately soak up with a terry cloth. Repeat as necessary. Removal of stains: Apply the Cleaner to a sponge or soft brush. Clean the surface in a circular motion. Rub with a slightly moistened cloth.. Do not rub too harshly and do not apply too much liquid. Stains which resist removal should be referred to a professional upholstery cleaner or car valeting service, rather than risking superficial damage by cleaning attempts using products which are too intense.

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