If you've recently purchased a new family car, you're probably worried about the upholstery. That makes sense, especially since kids can wreak havoc on upholstery. While you're taking care of the necessary maintenance for your car, such as tune-ups and tire rotations, remember to take care of the inside of the car as well, especially the upholstery. Here are a few steps you need to take to protect your new upholstery.
Upgrade Your Car Insurance
If you have children and you want to make sure that your upholstery is protected against damage, you need to upgrade your car insurance. Most basic car insurance policies don't provide protection for damage to your upholstery, especially if the damage is caused by your children. However, you can purchase additional coverage for your policy that will provide protection for those accidental mishaps that can destroy your upholstery.
Invest in Seat Covers
If you're worried about what your kids are going to do to your upholstery, it's time to invest in seat covers. A good set of seat covers will act as a protective shield between your children and your upholstery. It's important to note that if any of your children are still required to ride in child protective seats, you'll need to check with the manufacturer of each carrier before installing seat covers. Some manufacturers recommend against the use of seat covers.
Choose Snacks Wisely
Children love to snack in the car. Unfortunately, those snacks can cause serious damage to your upholstery, especially if you choose greasy or colored snacks. When providing your children with snacks, be sure to choose them wisely. First, if your children are thirsty, give them water. You might think that clear sodas are fine, but even clear sodas can stain your upholstery. Second, avoid snacks that are overly greasy, since grease can also stain your seats. Finally, leave the cheesy chips at home. The cheese dust from the chips can stain every surface inside your car, including the doors.
Make Your Upholstery Part of the Detailing
Now that you have a new car, you'll need to go beyond the basic cleaning. You'll need to have it detailed from top to bottom. To make sure your new car stays as clean as possible, don't forget to make your upholstery part of the detailing. Several times a year, have your upholstery professionally cleaned by a company like Rich's Custom Upholstery. This step is particularly important if you have young children.Share
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