Cars, boats and planes

Automakers wooing car buyers with affordable leather luxury

Posted: Oct 10, 2013Category: Automotive::Franchise, Cars, boats and planes, General

Volkswagen-Tiguan-2011 There’s nothing like getting behind the wheel of a car, shifting into gear and heading for the open road cradled in the warm embrace of leather seats with the breeze blowing through your hair. Though cheaper knockoffs had their day, leather is making a huge comeback in the world of car interiors. It fell out of fashion for a while with the advent of leatherette, a cheaper, more durable imita... [read more...]

Top 3 Reasons You Should Maintain Your Leather

Posted: Jul 29, 2013Category: Automotive::Franchise, Aviation::Franchise, Cars, boats and planes, Cleaning::Franchise, Commercial::Franchise, DIY, General, Home and Office, Leather Advice From the Pros, Marine::Franchise, Residential::Franchise

old leather briefcase Cleaning your leather products can seem unnecessary when you already have a busy schedule. Who wants to spend time wiping down their sofa when they could be doing something fun? While it’s pretty normal to want to avoid cleaning, there are some important benefits that come from regular leather cleaning. We’ve broken down the top three for you in hopes that it will inspire you to keep cle... [read more...]

How to keep your boat’s interior in cruising condition

Posted: May 29, 2013Category: Cars, boats and planes, DIY, Marine::Franchise, Vinyl Advice From the Pros

Speed-boat-2008 As the temperatures climb higher, boat lovers everywhere will be returning to the water every chance they get. Taking your boat out after a long, cold winter can be extremely refreshing, especially if you have been kept off of the water by the weather. While you’re gearing up for your joyride, remember to pay attention to your upholstery. Summer weather is beautiful, but it can also lead to worn... [read more...]

Caring for your boat vinyl through the winter months

Posted: Nov 6, 2012Category: Cars, boats and planes

Though winter is just getting ramped up, don't forget about that beautiful vinyl in your boat.  Before the waves start slapping against the sides of the boat, there are a few tips to caring for the vinyl in boats that if followed now as the vessel is prepared for the season, and then during the season, will prevent plenty of headaches and expensive repairs in the future. A few little-known fac... [read more...]

How to keep auto interior looking new

Posted: Nov 21, 2011Category: Cars, boats and planes, Common Leather Problems, DIY, Leather Advice From the Pros

Worn, Cracked Car Seat_before_FTP Eating fast food in your car is unavoidable on some busy days, and we’ve all had those, “Oh crap!” moments when fries went flying all over the car seat.  Although this isn’t unusual or uncommon, it’s probably not something you should brush off too lightly if you have leather seats. Grease and oil, even just the natural oils in your skin, can really add up and cause damage to your leathe... [read more...]

Why leather car and motorcycle seats crack

Posted: Nov 14, 2011Category: Cars, boats and planes, Common Leather Problems, Leather Advice From the Pros

Worn, Cracked Car Seat_before_FTP Most car interior leather and motorcycle seats are fully finished, and there are a couple of reasons why it cracks. Cracking usually occurs when the protective coating on fully finished leather is worn down or when there has been a manufacturer problem. 1. Body oil and dirt can cause leather to crack - It is very easy for dirt and oils to collect on the surface of leather.  Together, these... [read more...]

Sun damaged car and motorcycle seats

Posted: Nov 7, 2011Category: Cars, boats and planes, Common Leather Problems, Leather Advice From the Pros

Motorcycle seat faded by the sun You may notice that, over time, your soft leather car or motorcycle seats become dry or faded. Many people attribute this to wear and tear, but it is actually caused by heat and light from the sun. Because the leather in your vehicle is likely to be exposed to a lot of sunlight and heat in parking lots, vehicle manufacturers use leather that is highly resistant to sun damage in their seats. ... [read more...]

How to clean leather car and motorcycle seats

Posted: Oct 31, 2011Category: Cars, boats and planes, DIY, Leather Advice From the Pros

Old Bike seat How often to clean car and motorcycle seats We recommend that you clean and protect your car and motorcycle seats 6-8 times a year, cleaning seats that get used frequently the most and those that often go untouched less frequently. Why you should clean your leather car and motorcycle seats Dirt and oil collect on seats easily.  You usually can’t see this fine layer of mess, but it acts as an... [read more...]

Old wives’ tales for repairing leather car seats

Posted: Oct 24, 2011Category: Cars, boats and planes, Common Leather Problems, DIY, Leather Advice From the Pros

Shoe polish on couch I've seen people try every household product in the book to clean and repair their leather auto interior, and there are 8 products I see that cause major problems for people on a regular basis.  I don’t recommend using any of the following on your auto leather: Olive oil Shoe polish Beeswax Hair spray Markers Window cleaner Finger nail polish remover Disposable cleaning suppl... [read more...]

How to clean vinyl boat seats

Posted: Aug 8, 2011Category: Cars, boats and planes, DIY, Vinyl Advice From the Pros

Keep your boat seats squeaky clean! Vinyl is an incredibly durable material, and it holds up well to water exposure.  Because of its durability, the vast majority of cushioned boat seats are made of vinyl.  While vinyl is designed to hold up well to wear and tear, it does have its limits. Time itself can take a major toll on vinyl if you don’t care for it properly.  It is important to clean your vinyl well on a regular basis, n... [read more...]