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Leather is a beautiful addition to any vehicle’s interior. If you’re an Uber Black Driver or Uber Lux Driver, you know the extra special service you provide would not be the same without the leather interior your car brings to the experience. You are also aware of how difficult it can be to keep it clean and beautiful for your for your riders.
Leather takes a special touch and a little proactivity to make sure it lasts and looks stunning at the same time. It is a material that requires consistent attention. A light clean once a month helps protect it from daily wear and tear. A deep clean every three months is necessary to keep it healthy and at its optimal level. When cleaning leather, you’ll want to stay away from chemicals or other harsh cleaners. There are specific cleaners made for leather and leather upholstery; these are not a rip off. They are worth the money. Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual because there might be suggestions or requirements for cleaning. You can find the items you need at most all purpose stores, hardware stores, or automotive stores. You’ll want to have a leather cleaner, leather conditioner, a vacuum with an attachment for getting into nooks and crannies, warm water, several microfiber towels, and a soft bristle [horse hair is preferred by the pros] brush.
Light cleaning won’t take you more than fifteen minutes. It’s a great way to keep your leather looking nice. Use the vacuum cleaner to clear out any debris between seats, on the floor, or between creases. Clean as much as you can but be careful not to scratch or tear the leather. Next, wet a microfiber towel with warm water and wring it out so it is barely damp. Wipe down the seats. The water should dry in seconds.
Deep cleaning takes a little longer. First you’ll want to do a light clean. Then bring out the leather cleaner and test it on a small and non-visible portion of the leather. If there is no discoloration, continue. You’ll want to do small sections at a time. Spray the leather cleaner on a small area, then use a soft bristle brush to gently scrub the leather getting rid of any stains or residue. Using a dry microfiber towel, immediately wipe away the leather cleaner. Repeat until all of the leather surfaces are cleaned. Test the leather conditioner on a small, non-visible portion of leather. If there is no discoloration, continue. Rub the leather conditioner in with a microfiber towel. Let it rest overnight. The next day, wipe away the leftover conditioner with a microfiber towel.
Keeping leather clean is important, but remember that the sun can damage it as well. Using a sunshade can help keep the leather from becoming discolored. Park in shady spots will also reduce the likelihood of discoloration.
Leather is wonderful, but it does require a little extra effort to keep it looking pristine!