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How to clean seat covers

Maintaining one’s car comes in many forms. Besides the usual and mandatory servicing, taking care of the interior is sometimes overlooked. When one buys a car and they use it for sometime, some parts of the seats particularly where they sit may fade with time. In this process, one may opt to use car seat covers.

However, if they are to do so, they ought to consider the following factors to get full value for their money. Gerald Muwonge of Cubie Auto Accessories at Kisekka Market says there are various types of car seat covers.

stronCleaning and costsstronWhen they are dirty, one uses a wet cloth to wipe off the dirt but the best means is using a spray to maintain the good look. A set of Well-Fit branded seat covers costs Shs300,000. Autolux, a brand of leather material and made in Dubai, is not supposed to be washed. When wet, it gets spoilt faster because the top layer peels off.

“After spraying, one should use a dry towel to wipe and dry either in a shade or under the sun because leather withstands extreme weather conditions,” Muwonge notes. An Autolux set costs between Shs200,000 and Shs250,000 for small cars and between Shs300,000 and Shs600,000 for bigger vehicles.

Muwonge adds that other types such as Special Car Seat Cover and Saka can both be cleaned using wet pieces of cloth only. A set of Saka covers costs Shs300,000 at Cubie Auto Accessories and between Shs180,000 and Shs200,000 for the Special Car Seat covers. Sangtian and Multipurpose sprays, green and yellow in colour respectively at Cubie Auto Accessories, each costs Shs40,000.

Mathias Kalibala of Kawai Auto Parts says other types of car seat covers include Al-manar and Velvet. When cleaning Velvet, the cover is washed using a machine by car washers at washing bays while for Al-manar, it is cleaned using a wet cloth.

“What must be avoided is using a scrubbing brush because it would easily spoil the cover,” Kalibala notes. A set of Al-manar covers costs between Shs150,000 and Shs180,000 for small cars and between Shs250,000 and Shs350,000 for big vehicles.

A set of Velvet covers costs between Shs150,000 and Shs200,000 for small cars and between Shs400,000 and Shs800,000 for big vehicles. Kalibala says that the number of seats in a car and mode of cleaning in most cases determines the cost of covers.

Disan Kabali of Alaka Auto Accessories says prices of seat cover cleaning sprays is Shs7,000 for Lemon La Cadeau Dashboard and Seat Cover Polish,cost between Shs10,000 to Shs12,000 for Red Rose Super Shine and between Shs10,000 to Shs15,000 for Heavy Duty Silicone Based Spray. “Most of the sprays can be used both on seat covers and dashboards,” Kabali says.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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