Quick and Easy Ways to Clean Your Leather Car Seats

As someone who owns and cares about your car, you likely know firsthand just how easy it is for dirt, clutter, and grime to build up without much notice. Whether you have children, own pets, or simply spend a lot of time in your car, keeping it clean and tidy can feel like a full-time job.

Due to the easily-dirtied nature of cars, many drivers opt for models with leather interior. Not only does leather add an element of luxury and class to any vehicle, but it’s also much easier to clean than upholstered models. If your leather car seats are in need of some TLC, check out these quick and easy cleaning tips. You’ll be surprised at just how easy it is to give your car the care it needs look good and last a lifetime.

Tip #1: Know what type of leather your seats are made from

Generally speaking, there are two types of leather car seats: those with perforated holes and those without. Look closely at your seats before beginning any cleaning process or check your car’s manual for specific cleaning instructions and products you should avoid. As a rule, perforated leather should not be cleaned with water, cleanser, or conditioner, as these products can soak into the material and cause mold, rotting, and deterioration.  

Tip #2: Break out the vacuum

Just as you don’t mop a floor covered in dirt, you shouldn’t use cleaning products on your leather seats before first vacuuming them down. Using your household vacuum hose with either a soft-bristled head or extension wand, or a wet-dry vac, carefully groom each of your leather car seats to eliminate large pieces of debris, trash, crumbs, fine dirt and dust.

Tip #3: Massage with a microfiber

Regardless of how clean your leather seats may look after vacuuming, chances are high that there’s still a layer of surface dirt and grime that needs to be removed. Spray a soft microfiber towel with either leather cleaner, saddle soap, or other mild leather soap and gently rub down each seat, making sure to get all the surfaces including the sides and the back. Do not apply the cleaner directly to the leather. You can also make your own at-home leather seat cleaner by combining one part white vinegar and two parts linseed oil in a bowl or spray bottle. Again, apply your at-home cleaner to the microfiber towel before using on your seats.

Tip #4: Deep clean for sheen

While the previous three tips can (and should be) done multiple times throughout the year, once or twice a year you should go the extra mile to deep clean your leather seats and get them back to that like-new stage.

Once your seats have been vacuumed and wiped down with a leather-friendly cleanser, spray a soft-bristled toothbrush with the same cleanser and gently scrub the leather in circular motions. This process will agitate any deep-rooted dirt, causing it to come to the surface. After scrubbing, wipe your seats down with a clean, dry microfiber cloth to remove agitated dirt. You’ll likely notice a layer of grime on your cloth after completing this step.

Tip #5: Going the extra mile

Your car takes you miles and miles around this earth, why not go the extra mile to care for it? Once or twice a year, consider conditioning your leather seats. Not only does conditioning further clean the leather, but it also replenishes the fabric with the natural oil it needs to stay strong, soft, and shiny. There are a few things to remember when looking for leather seat conditioners:

  1. Ensure the conditioner is free from petroleum distillates, silicone, or waxes.
  2. Spend the extra money when shopping for conditioners. Look for a product that has high-quality ingredients, and won’t leave a greasy residue that’s hard to get rid of.
  3. Before going full-bore conditioning your seats, test your product on a small, inconspicuous area of your car seat with a microfiber cloth or sponge. If any damage or discoloration occurs, stop using the product immediately.

After finding the right conditioner for your car, gently massage the product into each seat, using a microfiber cloth or sponge and small, circular motions. Along with following the directions outlined on the bottle, apply only a small amount of conditioner at a time to avoid overloading the leather with product.

Let your car sit in the garage or shaded area for at least one hour in order to give the conditioner plenty of time to soak in without being subjected to harmful UV light.

Before using your car, use a clean microfiber cloth to gently buff and polish your leather seats. Again, be sure to use circular motions (preferably counterclockwise to the direction you applied the conditioner) and wipe away any excess conditioner that may remain. Once you’ve completed this process, you’ll be able to see a noticeable difference in the shine and quality of the leather.

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Fast Lane to Luxury: Best New Cars in 2018

When it comes to innovation, technology, and the unthinkable, the auto industry is continuously leading the pack. From cutting-edge audio systems to self-driving smart cars, it seems as if auto experts leave no rock unturned. Each year, a new fleet of cars is introduced that’s flashier, fancier, and faster than the last – and this year’s no different. Below, you’ll find a list of the top 5 luxury cars in 2018.  

Tesla Model S

Not surprisingly, Tesla tops the list of luxury new cars in 2018. As the most refined model of electric vehicles (EV), the Tesla Model S also features a wide array of premium model options like four different battery packages that allow owners to get anywhere from 89 to 104 miles-per-gallon, putting it at the top of its class, miles-of-range wise.  Additional luxury features that make the Tesla Model S top the charts include:

  • An acceleration of zero to 60-MPH in just three seconds
  • Tech-savvy interior features including a 17-inch infotainment screen, Tesla Autopilot, high-tech safety gear, and more
  • Compatibility with a growing, nationwide network of rapid chargers that are free for Model S owners to use

While the interior may not be as exquisite as some of its counterparts, the Tesla Model S offers notably more luxury and high-tech features that rightfully place it at the top of the list.  

2018 Lexus LS

Thanks to a total design overhaul, Lexus’ flagship sedan, the LS, is again topping the luxury list in 2018. The car’s bold, new coup-like appearance is longer, lower, and wider than previous models and engineers have swapped out the standard engine for a twin turbo 3.5-liter V6 that pumps out 415 horsepower through a 10-speed automatic transmission. In addition to a plush, refined interior, Lexus has made sure in include all the advanced safety technology shoppers look for in a luxury sedan, including an innovative system that’s designed to actively steer around pedestrians and other foreign objects that shouldn’t be in the driving lane.

BMW 7 Series

As the most expensive of BMW’s, the 7 Series features the highest levels of refinement and opulence. From powertrains that cover everything from four to twelve cylinders to electric, hybrid, and gasoline motors, the 7 Series model options allow drivers to choose from anywhere between 322 horsepower to 600 horsepower engines. Additionally, various luxury packages give owners access to high-class options including:

  • Driving assistance aids
  • Four-wheel steering
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Much more

Designed with the powerful, tech-savvy innovation and plush, stylish comfort that’s expected from the Bavarian powerhouse, BMW’s 7 Series has the grunt, glamor, and handling ability that only top luxury vehicles can boast.

2018 Audi Q

In classic Audi fashion, they’ve made great, greater with the Q5. The model’s four-cylinder turbo, seven-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive enable the Q5 series to go from zero to 60 MPH in just 5.9 seconds, making it the fastest generation yet. Loaded with the latest and greatest in Audi technology, the 2018 Q5 has upgraded the traditional instrument panel with a crystal-clear 12.3-inch customizable video display that features Audi’s MMI all-in touch interface that, thanks to unprecedented handwriting recognition technology, allowing drivers to control the infotainment system with safety and ease. Voice control and a scroll wheel input further aid in the cars luxurious usability.   

Bentley Bentayga

Notorious for luxury, opulence, and excellence, Bentley broke the mold when they introduced their first-ever SUV: the Bentayga. As one of the luxury automaker’s best overall vehicles on the market to date, the Bentayga offers unparalleled control and the type of flawless performance that only a W12 engine can deliver. This twin-turbo, 6-liter machine triggers 600 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque allow for an acceleration of zero to 60 MPH in four seconds. Perhaps the most stunning aspects of the Bentayga, however, are found on the interior, where the German automakers have outfitted the rig with the highest-quality materials in the industry and all the top-notch gadgets they could get their hands on. Expect to find features such as:

  • Wood trim
  • Premium leather
  • A panoramic sunroof
  • 8-inch touch screens
  • Optional packages like City, Touring, Event, All-Terrain, Activity, and Sunshine

Like most of its top-of-the-line features, the Bentayga also comes at a top-of-the-list price, with basic models starting around $200,000. However, with luxurious touches that can’t be found in its competitors, the Bentayga can’t be ignored when considering the industry’s finest.  

Whether you own a luxury vehicle or are happy to have a car to get you from point A to point B, taking care of your ride can ensure it lasts as long as possible and feels as comfortable as possible. Protect your investment and spiff up your whip with AutoPreme luxury floor mats. Find out how these mats can improve your vehicle and shop our line of quality products, today.

8 Essential Tips on How to Prevent Car Theft

As a car owner who puts a lot into your vehicle, perhaps the worst thing that can happen to you, aside from an accident, is having your car stolen. The possibility may never really cross our minds because it seems so unthinkable. The fact of the matter, though, is that it happens. Before you find yourself in the terrible situation of having your property taken from you, put these essential tips on how to prevent car theft to use.

1. Lock it up

Always start with the simplest thing you can do. What does a burglar try first when breaking into a house? Turn the doorknob. Same thing with a car. Thieves will go after the easiest targets first, so don’t do them any favors. Always lock your car, even if you are only leaving it for a minute or two. Sometimes that’s all it takes for your car to drive off without you. While you are at it, make sure your windows are up when you park.

2. Never leave your keys in the car

Convenience is a hard thing to resist, but when it comes to protecting your car from theft, it is better to inconvenience yourself a bit to better protect your car. Many people leave a spare key somewhere in their car as a backup in case they misplace their keys. Thieves know this and will check all the usual hiding places for easy access to your car. Find somewhere secure, like in your house, to store your spare keys.

3. Keep valuables out or out of sight

Many car property crimes involve valuables left in the car, and not necessarily taking the car itself. The best practice is to never leave valuables in your car. If you ever have to, make sure they are out of sight. But a bit of warning: thieves often target the trunk to find the riches inside, so keeping them out of sight is not a foolproof approach.

4. Mind your surroundings

When parking your car, take a look around before you leave it. If at all possible, park your car in a well-lit area that is not secluded. Also, before you leave your car, take a look around. If you notice anything or anyone suspicious in the area, maybe drive on and look for another place to park.

5. Anti-theft system

Investing in the latest anti-theft system is also a good idea. These are not always foolproof when it comes to professional thieves who work to outsmart the latest technology, but a good system will deter less skilled criminals.

6. DIY security systems

You can also try to install a simple security system of your own. A video baby monitor or smartphone security camera app can help alert you when someone breaks into your car. This is not a foolproof approach, but it can help.

7. Make your car undrivable

Another approach is to make it nearly impossible for a thief to drive off with your car. When parking your car, you can pop the hood and take out a spark plug, for example. A measure like this doesn’t take much time, but it sure makes stealing your car more complicated.

8. Take the wheel

Another quick approach is to get a detachable steering wheel. Some thieves may come prepared with a replacement of their own, but there are devices that you can install that would accommodate only your wheel. For an even simpler approach, just turning the wheels of your car when you park will make it harder for thieves to tow it away.

 

These tips will help fend off most inexperienced car thieves. There are professional car theft rings that take measures to a whole new level, and anti-theft technology has a hard time keeping up with their tactics. Using a combination of theft prevention tactics will help protect your car without relying solely on technology that professional thieves work to circumvent. Putting the simplest of these tips to use, like always locking your car, will go a long way to keeping your car safe.

April is National Car Care Month—Here’s How to Celebrate

You know what they say—take care of your car, and it will take care of you. We need to keep up on car maintenance all year round, but since April is National Car Care Month, it is an especially good time to get, or stay, on track. Whether you have regularly get your oil changed and tires rotated as recommended, or you have a guilty conscience for falling behind, this is the perfect time to keep up or get caught up on taking care of your car.

Your car has just survived winter driving, and now those summer road trips aren’t too far in the future. Help your car recover from the salt and dirt of winter and get it ready for the heat and increased use of summer driving.

Here are some tips to keep your car performing well.

 

Oil and fluids

This is the basic item we all hear about, and we hear about it because it’s important. If your car is due, take it in for an oil change and get the basics addressed. When you get your oil changed, you can have your other fluids checked and topped off for good measure.

 

Brakes

Stop and take the time to get your brakes checked. This critical safety measure can sneak up on us, so it’s best to stay ahead and get them checked regularly.

 

Tires

We often miss what is right in front of us. Tires are among the most visible safety features on a car, but they can escape our notice. Having good tread is vital to staying safe on the road.

 

Hoses and Belts

You can check the hoses and belts in your car yourself to look for wearing, or you can have them checked by a professional. Either way, use this time of year as a reminder to get it done.

 

Tune up

To get your car running at its best, schedule a tune up. This can help with fuel efficiency, power, and emissions.

 

Heating and cooling

Your car’s heating just worked overtime this winter, and it will soon be the air conditioning’s turn. Get them both checked out to keep them ready for use.

 

Lights

Take a moment to inspect your lights. Make sure the brake lights and indicators are working so you stay safe (and legal) on the road.

 

Wipers

Wipers are an easy fix to do yourself, or you can get them checked and replaced, if necessary, during your next oil change or tune up.

 

Cleaning and accessories

Use April as a good reminder to clean out all the dirt and debris from winter. Those air and cabin filters can really get gunked up. While you are at it, look into some features like fitted floor mats to help keep it cleaner in the future.

 

Emergency kit

Finally, make sure your car is always equipped with a good emergency kit. From jumper cables to a first aid kit and even emergency food and water, you never know when you might need a little extra help.

 

A car is an investment. By taking good care of it on a regular basis, your investment can pay off longer. Use National Car Care Month as a springboard to a long happy future of trouble-free driving.