Alcantara - known in the US as Ultrasuede - was created in Japan in the 1970s as a substitute for suede. This synthetic, ultra micro fibre material is widely used in furniture, clothes and cars (headliners, seating, dash trimming and steering wheels). It is more durable and resistant to stains than suede. It also has excellent fire-retardant qualities which makes it suitable for use in the automotive industry. 

It is important to vacuum Alcantara regularly and occasionally wipe with a damp cloth. Normal dirt and stains can be treated using Colourlock Alcantara & Textile Cleaner with a damp cloth.

Alcantara car seat cleaning     Alcantara door trims headliners cleaning

For larger surface areas, 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. Use a foam dispenser bottle for the product. Clean the stained area in a circular motion. Then wipe with a damp cloth. Don`t rub too hard or make it too wet. When stains can’t be removed, ask a professional upholstery cleaner for help, rather than damage the material. If you happen to make a fresh stain, ensure you soak it up with a clean, absorbent terry cloth first.  Viscose cloths are highly absorbent and perfect for dealing with fresh stains. Don't rub or press down too hard. For large stains, it always helps to work from seam to seam in circular motion.

For greasy and waxy stains, use COLOURLOCK Leather Cleaning Spirit in addition to the Textile Cleaner. Work carefully. Test on a hidden area first. To reduce future soiling and stains, protect the surface with COLOURLOCK Waterproofing for Leather & Textiles. Keep Alcantara away from heat. 

Pilling on Alcantara car seat cleaning     Pilling on Alcantara furniture clothing

A common problem with Alcantara is 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. Please watch our video on how to clean and restore Alcantara

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