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Cadillac Club: Cadillac Maintenance : Leather Seats

Keep Proper Care Of Your Leather Seats

How to Clean and Mend Leather Seats In Your Cadillac

If your Cadillac has leather seats, then you must do a few things to maintain them in a condition that will ensure that they are comfortable to sit on, kept clean, and have no holes or tears. What are the best methods of doing this? To begin with, make the repairs after cleaning. No one wants to have tears in the leather seats especially in a sweet ride. Your Cadillac is made to impress people and show the world what luxury and class is all about. The last thing you want is to open the door for someone and a big rip showing in the seats.

Your leather seats must be cared for regularly to prevent drying, cracking, and other damage that can happen over time. To clean the leather, you should use a soft cloth, a mild soap and water or a cleaner that is made specifically for leather car seats. There will be many of these to choose from. Make sure whatever cleaner is used is thoroughly rinsed out of the leather, otherwise, it can cause damage to the leather that you will not be able to fix.

Once the leather seats are clean, they should be conditioned. This will help protect the leather from body oils, ultraviolet rays, or heat. When choosing the right conditioner, it is recommended by many that you try to avoid a silicone based one. A petroleum based conditioner may be good for your seats. Also be sure that what you use on your leather car seats is specifically for leather, not for vinyl or any other material. Keeping the seats in good condition is an ongoing job. Conditioning your seats should be done every three months if you can.

Next you should turn your attention to repair alternatives. You can take your Cadillac, with its leather seats, to a professional upholstery repair company/person. There are many such places available to do the job. This could be costly, depending on the shop, but they will do a professional job, making the seats look like new without the repair being obvious to the eye. These people will match the color of the repaired spot carefully to the seat. This route should leave you completely satisfied with the look of your repaired seats.

Unfortunately, you may find that it could cost you up to two hundred dollars per seat to repair, depending on how bad the damage is. Finding a used seat cushion, which may not even be the right color, could cost about fifty dollars. These are hefty prices to pay. I don't know anyone that wants to place a seat cushion in the Cadillac in the first place but it is always an option.

So, it may be better for you to try to do it yourself, itís easy to arrange. There are many places where you can purchase a leather repair kit that not only has the repair compound, but the color mixes as well. The repair kit will contain a repair compound that will repair your car seat in minutes whether the damage is a burn hole, tear, or other small hole. First, you mix the color to match your leather seat. The kit will have all the current popular colors. Then you apply the compound to the spot, leaving it for two minutes before removing the grain paper that must cover it as it sets. Thatís all you need to do and the seat looks like new.

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